(9/15) I woke up this morning for work and discovered via my iPad it was 38°F outside. 38! Ai yi yi. It may be Summer by the calendar but that’s not a typical Summer temperature for sure.
With the change in the weather, more things come to mind that needs to be done to get ready for that other bug-a-boo, old Man Winter. The garage needs to be rearranged to make room for the car, hopefully, earlier than I usually do it, which tends to be before the first or second snowfall of the year. At that point, I take just about everything that’s crowded on the main part of the garage, shove it into the corners and sides, and make a car-sized space in the middle, just big enough for the vehicle to reside. Then uncover the snowblower, make certain it starts and everything stays put for the most part until Spring. And the cycle starts anew. As soon as it’s warm enough, the car comes out, the garage is repopulated somewhat by junk and the car stays outside for the warm weather.
Like most years, about this time I think I’m going to change that narrative. Since June, I’ve been meaning to get out to the garage, pull out just about everything in it and start sorting, rearranging, and seeing if I can make it neater, even have considered buying some storage solutions and either attaching them to the walls or building upwards from the floor with adjustable wire shelving similar to the ones that I purchased for our pantry in the past twelve months.
This seemed to be a better solution than my other idea, which involved woodworking. Building a shelving unit from hardware (2×4’s, screws, and plywood) might end up being the cheaper route, but my woodworking skills are basic at best, and I’m not terribly confident that what I built would hold up under load for a long period of time. So more than likely it would be cost-prohibitive in the long run if I went with something made of steel.
As is normally the case with my posts, they start at one point and end up being finished at another. It’s now Wed Sep 23 and Autumn has arrived. We’ve already had 2 nights when the mercury dipped below the 32°F threshold and it was required that we either bring in potted plants or cover ones that we wished to save. The garage has been populated with the pots and both the old blue sheet and ratty canvas dropcloth have been pressed into service to salvage the marigolds and the backyard flowers that cannot be moved.
Suffice it to say we can’t keep that up forever. At some point we’ll determine it’s time to let the annuals be frost-killed and remove them from the planter and backyard beds, preparing them for the winter slumber. Soon enough I’ll be giving the lawns one good last mow and put away the mower for the year. Raking leaves and putting them to the curb for the village to collect. I’ve already started looking for a lawn service to clear out the brush pile behind the garage. That needs to go as well. I’m sure our neighbors behind us would agree. They actually put up a fence to obscure it.
Three months to go until Winter.