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Preparing the Home for a Cold Virginia Winter

As autumn’s days grow shorter, winter can be felt creeping in on the cold winds as they whip the changing leaves from the trees. With only a few weeks’ warning, winter will soon bring about freezing nights and snowy mornings. It is vital to prepare the home and family for the cold winter weather in order to prevent damage to the home during the coldest of nights.

Testing Central Heat
Most modern homes have central heat, as it is the most efficient way to heat a house. The central heat should be tested and operated for a few hours in order to ensure that it is operating correctly. Watch for burning smells, a weak air flow, or cool air. This should be done a few weeks before the heat is needed, so that it can be repaired in a timely manner if there are any issues.

Inspecting and Cleaning the Chimney
For homes that do not have central heat or homes that utilize a fireplace as a second heat source, it is important to inspect and clean the chimney every year. A chimney inspection Virginia will give the homeowner a professional’s opinion, especially when dealing with an old or problematic fireplace. An unsafe chimney should be repaired before use. Cleaning the chimney reduces the risk of a house fire, and it allows smoke to exit the home. A dirty chimney may cause smoke to fill the living area.

Gathering Firewood
If a fireplace is used, firewood should be gathered well before the cold months. Firewood can be very expensive in the middle of winter, so it is far better to have too much rather than too little. If logs are to be split by hand, the chore is much easier if it is spread along the summer months. Cutting firewood can be extremely physically exhausting.

Inspecting & Replacing Water Line Insulation
Since water lines are vulnerable in cold weather, all insulation should be inspected for damage and replaced as necessary. Some people use heating tape as well, especially for exposed water lines. Frozen pipes can cause an immense amount of damage.

Sealing Windows to Lock In Heat
Seal windows with thick plastic sheeting to preserve heat. Old windows are one of the worst offenders when it comes to losing heat. For the older windows, use thicker plastic sheeting. The plastic alone can save hundreds of dollars on winter heating costs.

Keeping a warm home can be tricky during the winter, especially when cold blasts threaten to freeze water lines and reduce the efficiency of your heating systems. It is much easier to prevent problems before they begin, especially when temperatures are below freezing outside.

 

Winter Vests

The cool breeze is blowing in this part of the world. Winter is fast approaching. Although the previous winter season was not as cold as it used to be many years ago, it is still good to have winter jackets in case you need to do a camping or an early morning jog near the beach.

A good wear for this winter season activities is the warm vest like the patagonia vest womens’ style. This is a great warm clothing to wear and when the sun is up and the temperature rises a bit, it can easily be removed leaving you with your long-sleeved casual wear which is ok for the weather.

Winter Purging for 2017

As soon as the weekend started, I changed into my comfy PJs, took some fresh garbage bags, readied the cleaning tools and I started purging for 2017. Since I have read about the KonMari method of organizing and decluttering, I told myself to try it come 2017. I even started alienating myself from stuff that hold sentimental value. I just wanted to be practical, let go of the things that held be back, make some room, minimize and only have the essentials.

The KonMari method is rather controversial, unorthodox, and simply hard to follow especially for someone like me who would usually get attached with certain things given by family and friends. However, I like how Marie Kondo, the lady behind the ruthless method of tidying and organizing put her method into perspective of only keeping things that bring joy, thus eliminating unwanted objects that one day may become hazardous or problematic.

The first hour of clearing my stuff proved to be the most difficult as I started staring at the stuff we’ve amassed over the years. Most of them were untouched for many years, gathering dust, and actually forgotten. I wondered how I could have possibly bought all of them without recalling when, where and why. I told myself the habit of shopping mercilessly has to stop, no ifs and no buts.

I looked at old stationery supplies I have bought in the US and they were unopened. Another look at them made me almost repulsive of my utter weakness when it comes to hoarding stationery and art supplies. That has to change – and the stash had to go.

Next were my art supplies which where everywhere in my room. Since most of them bring me happiness, I decided to keep all and put them in 4 small transparent containers where I will see the contents. They are now all next to my study table as compared to the last time where I had to find the brushes, the coloured pens, the pads, and so much more. Now, they are all within reach.

I changed my study table too and made it a bit broader where I could put my itty-bitty printer and other stuff needed for my blogging and art. The old laptop table is now used as a console table in our bedroom.

I am not done cleaning yet. I am scheduling another batch of clearing next weekend as I tackle my dresser and closet. This will be very tricky as most of my article of clothing are bought in nice boutiques. Most of my clothes too are for office wear and I need to have several to mix and match. However, I am planning to send my old clothes back home where my nieces can use them. Problem solved! I am still having doubts about clearing my closet though. But, I need to commit to a minimal lifestyle. I am done with hoarding and buying stuff. My new rule now is, when I buy something new whether it is a garment, shoes or supplies, I have to make sure that they will be used instantly and that one of my clothing or shoes or supplies need to go.

Well, that’s my winter purging! I have more purging to do and may eventually need a “balikbayan box” to send my other stuff back home. For now, I just want to see a clean, tidy, and well organized room and space.

Bored or Plain Stupid?

There’s a nonsense “hip” thing going on in Boston. Since Boston has ben experiencing really harsh snowy winter and is already 8 feet deep and counting, some local Boston residents decided to be adventurous and just outright stupid.

Some people are doing a “dive” in the snow and has picked up pace. It has become outrageously popular and dangerous that the Mayor in Boston, Mayor Marty Walsh held a conference and requested every daredevils out there to stop their nonsense.

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I would understand getting in your ski suit and actually ski through the neighbourhood for kicks or go sledding but who dives in a snow wearing only their underwear? It’s bad enough that they may get pneumonia or frostbite and even hit a sharp, hard ice and die. Don’t they know that? Are these stunts brought about being snowed in, just being stupid, or adrenalin really pumping and diving out on the snow would help? Or all these for popularity’s sake – a few seconds of fame in the social scene? I don’t know about you but I call those stunts “STUPIDITY AT ITS BEST!”

(Photos from SFGlobe.com)

Tips To Keep Your Pets Active During Winter

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The harsh winter season can be a drag for both humans and animals.  It is difficult to go about our daily routine without exerting too much effort and not to mention being covered from head to toe with layers upon layers of warm clothing. Aside from those inconveniences, our activities are limited and as much as possible, staying indoors will be our wish. If we can only watch winter to go from the comfort of our homes…

With that being said, imagine the state of our furry babies during winter. Their run around the park and regular walks are down to a minimum for fear of getting too cold and sick being outdoors.  Not only that, there may be salt or some chemicals on the pavement to prevent slipping from snow and those can be harmful to your pets. So, what can you do to help keep your pets active during the winter time? Here are some tips you can follow to ensure your pets are well exercised even during the harsh winter time.

Play fetch indoor

Playing fetch does not have to be done outdoors. There are areas at home where you can do a simple throwing of your pet’s favorite toy to be retrieved. Likewise, if you have small balls you can roll rather than throwing to avoid any accidents, then do so. Just make sure when you play fetch, you have cleared the surrounding areas of any breakables like those precious figurines or even those nice, antique chinas!

Make a pretend “walk” inside your house

Grab your pet’s leash and walk him/her inside your home. Cover every room in your house so you can maximise the walking activity. I know, it can be boring for both of you but it is a good way to keep your pets active even while at home during winter and you are also doing yourself a favour by having a mini work-out at home.

Practice or teach your pet a new trick

Cold season can make us all lazy but don’t be. Use your spare time to bond with your precious fur baby and teach her/him a new trick or practice on the ones that you’ve taught earlier. This is a good way to make both of you active.

Put his/her treat in a feeding toy

Make his/her mealtime stimulating by making your pet work for it. Studies show that pets enjoy their food more when they have to work for it.

Use a laser pointer

This is not meant for cats or for use when doing a presentation. Dogs can go crazy with the laser pointer too. Just point it on the floor and allow your pet to run after the “red dot.” It will be fun and your pet will be active running around. Please do not point the laser pointer to your pet’s eyes.

 

 

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