When it comes to preparing my house for the influx of relatives and friends that are coming over to feast for the holidays, I am totally meticulous in my cleaning ritual. I clean things that during the rest of the year might not get the attention it deserves, like the top of cabinets and the cabinets under the sink.
It’s not that I think people will stand on a step stool to check how my dust bunnies are faring on top of the cabinets, and I don’t envision the kitchen sink cabinet being opened up long enough for anyone to notice the ring of dish-washing liquid that *may* be there from when the bottle tipped over, but you just never know.
I use a lot of Kimberly-Clark wipes during this time. LOTS. I would probably be shot by an activist group that monitors such things as amount of disposable paper-towel type things, but in my defense, it’s only twice a year that I do this. And I support all efforts to sustain the environment, just sayin’. But I love me some WypAll’s.
I also used Kimwipes on all my electronics and even everyone’s eyeglasses and sunglasses. They are especially made for delicate jobs like that, and I don’t want anything messing up my TV and computer screens! They are also great for smartphones and tablets. In my kitchen, I use the X80 foodservice towels. Nothing really beats the absorbency when it comes to drying dishes and utensils and getting them seriously dry. Good luck with your own holiday cleaning!
October is my favorite month, hands down. Temperatures are dropping (or the humidity, as is the case in Florida) and its getting cooler. Leaves are either turning or turned, and best of all; Halloween is at the end of the month. I prepare for Halloween like most people prepare for the December holidays.
At ReStockIt, we get into the Halloween spirit. All of our departments are decorated to the nth degree, and we have a bunch of games and a party on the big day. Usually the week of Halloween is filled with pumpkin carving contests, trivia games centered around Halloween trivia (or scary movies), and other party games.
In the spirit of Halloween, today’s trivia will be all about October! Enjoy!
- In Roman times, October was the eighth month of the Roman calendar, which is how it got its name.
- Our Canadian friends to the north celebrate their Thanksgiving on the second Monday of October
- Alaska became an American territory on October 18th, 1867
- President Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor on October 28, 1886.
- On October 1, 1896, free rural delivery of mail started in the United States.
- Breast Cancer Awareness Month
- Book Month
- Dessert Month
- Pizza Month
Well, a day early anyway, but since I’m not here on Saturday’s and Sunday’s to write this wonderful blog, I figured its better early than late. And since this is my absolute favorite time of the year, I thought, Hey! What a great blog to write!
There is just something perfect about autumn. In September, the temperatures are just right (well…not here, but in other places), and you get that slight chill in the morning and a lovely breeze at night. Air conditioners get turned off (again, not here. You’d melt) and windows get opened. Humidity drops and mums and pansies crop up on porch planters, along with corn stalks and gourds. Leaves start turning into the scarlets, golds, and oranges that turn hillsides into gorgeous paintings of bright color.
The other thing I love about autumn is firepits. In October’s past, some of my best nights have been sitting around a fire with friends, light jackets and the heat of the fire offering protection from the brisk night air. Ghost stories around a firepit on Halloween night are just something that has to be experienced..especially if your firepit is bordered by a deep, dark, spooky forest. In October, ghosts hang from trees, jack-o-lanterns glare at you from front porches and stoops, and on one fun night, little goblins and ghuolies rush from house to house, looking for sweet treats.
November is a time for football and Thanksgiving! What other month do you get a pass to eat as much as you want, turn on the TV to watch a football game, and then fall asleep? Well, without recrimination, anyway. Leaves are burning in piles outside, putting the smell of burning wood in the air. The nights get even cooler, and most likely you will have to scrape frost off your car windows in the morning. Thanksgiving comes and you eat like a glutton. Then Black Friday comes and you waddle to the stores at 4 A.M., still full from your midnight snack, and shop like a glutton.
I tell ya, fall is just about the best season. Outdoor activities aren’t impeded by bugs and sweat, and inside activities consist of crafting and baking. What more could a person ask for? Not much more, I can tell you that! What are you doing to make this a great fall season?
Most of the country is starting to feel a crisp change in the air (except for where I live, but even I happened to notice a slight drop in the humidity the other night) and the body, if not the mind, can tell that autumn is on the way. Ah Fall, my favorite time of the year.
When I lived outside Florida, which was twice for a period of 5 years apiece, Fall was my absolute favorite time of the year. Cooler weather, clearer skies, less humidity, and craft fairs are everywhere! I love crafting, it’s a weakness of mine.
Now I’m back in Florida and although we are nowhere near Fall-like weather, I find that I am looking for crafts to do. Now is the time to start Halloween crafts, Thanksgiving crafts, and winter holiday crafts with your kids! Ornaments and masks and stick reindeer oh my!
Scrapbooking is my craft of choice, but I like others as well. I’m pretty good at making masks, and my wooden ornaments aren’t too shabby. My next endeavor (when I stop procrastinating) is going to be diorama’s; I think they are incredibly fascinating and can’t be too much different than the model cars I used to put together.
If you’re new to crafting, you can find easy kits to put together or paint, including paint-by-numbers or jewelry making. And don’t feel silly either- even my husband colors fuzzy posters. It’s just something goofy that we do to unwind and be together as a family outside of TV and video games. So? What kind of crafts do you enjoy?