NO! I’m not ready yet! All summer and even through the cool fall nights I keep the window open. You never know what fresh and invigorating thoughts and ideas will come floating through the open window and I want them to have a clear pathway to me.
We are preparing to button down for the winter. We have always been able to do these things and we just take them for granted. However some of us have older relatives who are becoming or are frail and may not be able to do the usual fall preparations. Like outside the:
- leaves need to be raked
- the gutters need to be cleaned, and
- the garden needs to be prepared to with stand a killing frost.
Inside the house there are also plenty of things that need to be done before winter sets in:
- Pull out the winter clothes; and put away clean summer clothing
- Donate old, but in good condition, winter coats and other clothing
- Clear away items that may be blocking the heat ducts, and dust and clean the ceiling fans
Ladders and step stools are not something our older friends and relatives should not be using. They will argue and insist that they are fine, but deep down they are probably looking for someone to come and give them a hand with these items.
If you cannot help, maybe there is a scout troop or a youth service group at a local church that would be willing to take on a community service project. I am willing to wager that the young people will benefit from such a project as the older people they are helping.
Let’s keep an eye out for our older neighbors, friends and relatives this fall and winter and give them a helping hand whenever possible.