By: Carrie A. Blakley
Right about now is when you see humans do a remarkable thing. We turn into squirrels. Stacking wood, taking in the harvest, making sure everything is set for the colder ‘ber’ months ahead, followed immediately by the ‘y’ months – sometimes referred to as the ‘wary’ months (which is usually used in familiar sentences like “Y is it so stinkin’ cold out?” and “I’m so ‘wary’ of this stinkin’ cold). Mind you, the last time I checked, cold doesn’t stink, but none the less, we tend to use that, and a few other choice words, when describing colder weather.
The nights become longer, the days become shorter, and we find ourselves looking at our watches, wondering why it’s getting so dark at 4 O’clock in the afternoon. Because we all know that we will all do this at any given point during the colder months, now is the time to really start going through all of your warmer clothing and linens. Make sure that your sweaters that need cleaning are done before the snow and frost hits. Be sure that all of the boots, hats, gloves, mittens and coats are able to be worn, and if not, make sure they get replaced as soon as possible.
It’s also not a bad idea to start really stocking up on the non-perishable necessities, just in case foul weather prevents you from traveling to the market or hardware store. Wood, matches, oil lamp accessories, candles, paper products, pet supplies, dry food items, canned goods and so forth. Be safe, and be prepared. You never quite know what Mother Nature is going to throw at you.