Fall is in the air.

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I agree with Philemon, now is the time to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Since our last equinox we have lost hours of daylight and the temps have dropped about 20 degrees from the highs and the lows of the day. I woke up this morning to about 36 degrees... way to close to freezing for me.

If you are new to the Northern climate and a new home owner as well there are steps you need to take immediate action on.  I would suggest starting out by visiting with a local expert (not YouTude) at Home Depot as to what are typical weatherization measures to take before our harsh winter strikes.

Steps I typically take are:

1) Mow your lawn fairly short but don't scalp it. Leaves blow over the lawn with the short grass. They are going to fall... do you want to rake all the leaves in the neighborhood or let them move on down the line?

2) If you have window AC remove and maintain them for the winter. At this point I assure you that you won't need them anymore for about 9 months.

3) Kill weeds and grass that are encroaching upon your sidewalk and driveway. You will be shoveling soon and/or using a snow thrower. A clump of weeds growing threw a crack is going to stop your shovel and it is most likely going to send that shovel into your body... probably where it hurts the most 😉.

Winter doesn't last forever... it just seems like it up North so prepare for it and things will go better for you.


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faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I'm loving the cooler temperatures and awaiting hopefully beautiful fall foliage!

Sep 12, 2023 06:54 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

faye schubert our Fall colors are upon us now. I am hoping they continue to cling to the branches of the trees a bit longer as I am not excited about raking them up just yet.

Sep 12, 2023 07:24 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

When most parts of the country fear that time of the year since it is so cold, in my area, we look forward to it, haha.

Sep 12, 2023 07:39 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Bob... I am soooooo happy I live in Charlotte and don't need to worry much about winterizing my home. Another good reason for people to move to the Queen City!

Sep 12, 2023 08:00 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Bob and fall is coming, it was 55 at 7 am when I was having my coffee on my deck this morning.  Fall is getting close but we will have a high of 75 today.


Sep 12, 2023 08:15 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Morning Bob "RealMan" Timm 

Yup, the signs are all around us. Autumn is a great time of year to be outside and build up vitamin D levels. AND I hate when the shovel makes that sudden stop...lol

Sep 12, 2023 09:16 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Brian England I am always amazed when people move here from the South because they want to live in this climate. If you are a wild game hunter and love ice fishing this is the place to be. Snowmobiling is a lot of fun but a bit expensive. We also have a lot of Hockey and figure skating fans. BTW a pretty woman ice skating will take your breath away.

Sep 12, 2023 01:44 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

You know I'd love to be in Charlotte NC Nina Hollander, Broker and the weather would only be a bonus... not even sure I would notice the weather if I were in your presence.

Sep 12, 2023 01:46 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Coffee on the deck sounds awesome Will Hamm . I can't believe I've never made time for it. I really need to slow down.

Sep 12, 2023 01:47 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

That sudden stop can be painful Doug Dawes . With the length of our winters I have purchased a "happy light" and I think it helps but nothing compares with being out of doors.

Sep 12, 2023 01:49 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Bob,

Wow!! That is cold for the middle of September! We are finally seeing temperatures in the 80's (we've had such a heat wave this summer in Austin). and MAYBE some rain in the next few days, which we need desperately!!

Sep 12, 2023 03:58 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

hi Bob- we had no idea what winterizing a home meant until we moved to Leesburg, VA. It was high 90s today and anxiously waiting for cooler temps. 

Sep 12, 2023 06:35 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

This morning, I was contemplating what needed attention around my house before winter sets in.  I cannot believe we have delved this deeply into 2023 already.

Sep 12, 2023 07:41 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Bob, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Sep 12, 2023 07:42 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Bob funny you should mention to stay outdoors a lot.  We went to a great seafood restaurant in Redondo Beach. The three of us, (Diane & a friend of hers) we sat on the patio with our dog in a carriage.... yes in the shade it was so hot but comfortable by the ocean.... now when we got home I had to put the A/C on because the house was around 82 degrees... so with that said I do not envy you.... now we are chilly because it is 66 degrees at night:)Endre

Sep 12, 2023 09:20 PM