Although the first day of fall won’t officially arrive for a few weeks, it’s time to begin thinking of future preparations. For many, that means looking beyond the season and on to winter.
While the weather allows, this is a great time to complete some tasks along with performing some very helpful good deeds. In the next few months:
- Clean out your garage and help a neighbor or friend with theirs, especially if the person is unable to do so him/herself
- Cover or move to storage items such as grills, swings, patio tables, outside chairs, etc.
- Clean gutters. Elderly or disabled individuals have particular difficulty with this chore
- Mulch leaves with your lawnmower and offer to do that for your adjacent neighbor or someone you know who cannot rake leaves
- Prepare outdoor faucets for winter. This means turning off the water to the spigot from inside and then draining the water in the pipes outside
- Replace door thresholds and checks for gaps. Many elderly and disabled people aren’t able to seal these kinds of drafts
- Caulk windows. Imagine what a benefit that would be to someone who cannot perform that task. You can even offer to help with shrink wrapping windows
- Share autumn décor. Fall flowers are a wonderful way to dispense good cheer, but you can also purchase silk flowers from a hobby store and give to those in nursing or assisted living facilities. While you are choosing flowers, you might also consider picking up a fall leaf garland or wreath
- Fall is also when ovens come back into use. What a delight to surprise a neighbor or shut-in with apple crisp, apple pie, harvest soup, caramel corn, caramel apple or any other seasonal culinary pleasure
- Create a fall readiness basket. Include candles and matches, hot cocoa, a good book, small flashlight, and confection. And if you want to do something really special as a gift, consider adding a space heater, warm throw, or even a cozy robe. Now is also the time to purchase windshield de-icer and ice melt.
But, all in all, perhaps the best thing to do is to invite someone to join you on a jaunt to view the changing of the leaves. The trees are beautiful and it may be the only excursion some people will have before winter prevents other outings. So share the experience and add this to your list of good deeds!