Getting Ready for Winter

Canada
November 2, 2015 11:35am CST
We're still trying to get things ready for the colder months. October was much milder than usual and so it was easy to put some things off. We have our firewood in now. I just have to stack some that's waiting outside my door. I also finally got my garlic in the ground, though I'm thinking I could probably plant a bit more. The garlic I grew last year was way too small to bother putting in for next year. I bought some large bulbs at our farmer's market that I've planted. I've changed the place I put it, too. I hope it does better in better soil. It's still raining here. I'm going to go call on my neighbor and see whether she wants to go for a little walk in the drizzle.
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@rosekiss (30260)
• Eugene, Oregon
2 Nov 15
I am hoping that the winter is mild here in Oregon. We never know from year to year how it will be. Last winter, we had one big snowfall, which lasted a week. Everything was frozen solid, had about 8 inches of snow, and when it finally warmed up, I was anxious to get out, as I was getting cabin fever, being cooped up so long. I just hope we don't have the cold and snow this year.
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• Canada
2 Nov 15
That makes me laugh. I've been bragging to my friends down east about our easy peasy winters here in the west. Where I used to live in Quebec and in Vermont the winters go on and on.
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@rosekiss (30260)
• Eugene, Oregon
2 Nov 15
@Sheilamarie78 Yea, there are areas, that get cold and snow early, and it seems to last for months, and sometimes goes into spring. So far, we have never had any winters that went on and on, and I hope we never do, either.[
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• Canada
16 Nov 15
@rosekiss People who can't stand it and who can afford it go south.
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@Shellyann36 (11273)
• United States
15 Nov 15
The milder weather fools us into thinking that winter is not right around the corner but it really is. I am glad to hear you have your wood for the season though. I must admit that we have turned the heat on a few times here at the house.
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• Canada
16 Nov 15
It gives our home that cozy feel.
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@Marcyaz (35606)
• United States
16 Nov 15
Good thing you have wood for the winter season we have had our heat on for a while now as some mornings it has been really chilly.
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• Canada
16 Nov 15
@Marcyaz We have gotten some below freezing temps overnight.
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• United States
3 Nov 15
How lovely, to walk in the drizzle with a friend. Our October was warmer than usual, and we used it to get ready for the predicted heavy rains. I am stocking my pantry and fridge, just in case!
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• Canada
16 Nov 15
Do those heavy rains help build up your reserves, or does the rain just bounce off?
@Marcyaz (35606)
• United States
16 Nov 15
We have our fridge and panty pretty well stocked right now ready for anything.
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• United States
16 Nov 15
@Marcyaz I need to go to Trader Joe's because my stock of fresh apples and tomatoes is dangerously low!
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
2 Nov 15
Our October here has been mild as well but at the sounds of things it will be getting colder now so I will not be leaving the House much at all
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• Canada
2 Nov 15
It's starting to get colder here, too, or at least that's the forecast I read. You know how those things go -- could change in the blink of an eye. I don't know why but I've been writing a lot of cliches today.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
3 Nov 15
@Sheilamarie78 That happens to me too so don't worry
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• Canada
16 Nov 15
@gabs8513 Sometimes I write them and giggle. I could write a whole sentence or even paragraph with one cliche after another. Only when I'm fooling around.
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@GardenGerty (102593)
• United States
2 Nov 15
It is very mild here as well. They are calling it our second summer. I have never planted garlic. I ought to look at the store for some good sized ones. I just finished a short walk and perhaps will have to do another one later or something else with lots of movement.
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• Canada
2 Nov 15
Garlic is easy to grow and it is handy to have through the year for cooking with.
@Marcyaz (35606)
• United States
16 Nov 15
I have never planted garlic will have to look into that and see if maybe it is something I can do here as it is really good for cooking.
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• Canada
16 Nov 15
@Marcyaz We usually plant garlic in the fall, but you can also put it in early in the spring.
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@sueznewz2 (10162)
• Alicante, Spain
2 Nov 15
with being in spain, we do not really have to make any winter preparations... except maybe put a pair of long trousers and a cardigan or jumper in your wardrobe in case it gets cold....
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• Canada
2 Nov 15
That sounds toasty.
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• United States
2 Nov 15
Except for closing the pool and turning off some of the outside faucets, we don't really need to do much to get ready for winter. Enjoy your walk.
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• Canada
2 Nov 15
I still have to dig up my dahlia bulbs so they don't freeze. There's a lot to do here.
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• United States
2 Nov 15
@Sheilamarie78 You get real winter, we don't.
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• Canada
16 Nov 15
@AbbyGreenhill I used to get a lot colder and snowier winters when I lived in New England and even more in Quebec.
• United States
5 Nov 15
Aww that sounds relaxing, enjoy your walk !
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• Canada
16 Nov 15
Thanks. I like to get out walking each day.
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@marlina (78116)
• Canada
2 Nov 15
I would love to go for a little walk in the drizzle.
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• Canada
2 Nov 15
Okay, I'll meet you at the end of the driveway.
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• Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
16 Nov 15
Its always good to prepare for the cold months, ahead of time!
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• Canada
16 Nov 15
Yes, it is, as if you'd know being from the DR! Have you ever experienced a northern winter?
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• Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
16 Nov 15
@Sheilamarie78 Ofcourse! I used to live in New York for 17 years before moving to the carribean and I surely dont miss the brutal cold winters
@Marcyaz (35606)
• United States
16 Nov 15
Right now it is raining here and that must have been why I slept in so late this morning. I woke up and was going to let my dogs out when I saw how wet the ground was. So far we have heard that this is the warmest Nov. in recent years but of course that could change and at time.
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• Canada
16 Nov 15
Those paws must get muddy.
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@Marcyaz (35606)
• United States
16 Nov 15
@Sheilamarie78 If they go out back it is all pebbles and grass so not to back but if they go out front it is a completely different story.