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10/16/14 8:55 A

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In the beginning of september I make a schedule of my activities as many of them start (or start again) in the autumn. In the schedule I write the activities (on what day of the week and at what time) and I plan the other things I need to do around them, such as exercise, cleaning, yoga, batch cooking etcetera.
That way when I get asked for appointments I have a better idea of when to plan them.

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9/17/14 7:19 A

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I'd add: cull out summer clothes you didn't wear or want to wear. Take a serious look at fall and winter things and get rid of the ones you don't want to wear, are worn, etc. It's a great refresher for fall and if you are like me and like a few new things, it helps get clear on what is best to add.

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9/1/14 11:12 P

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Excellent info - thanks for the reminders ..... I really need to get some of these done.
I live in Southern Calif. so we don't have extreme weather - but still many of these things
are on my to-do list.


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9/1/14 2:34 P

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Call a Chimney Sweep: Have a professional clean the chimney, hearth, and firebox because a build-up of combustible creosote is a fire danger. If you use your fireplace regularly during the winter have it cleaned annually. If used only a few times each year have it inspected every couple of years and cleaned when necessary.

Check Out Storm Doors and Windows: Wash and replace window screens with storm windows and replace door screens with glass panels. Over the years the screws that hold the clips tight in the door begin to wear and will not stay tight so the screen and storm panels rattle. To solve the problem replace a worn clip and screw with a 3/4-inch long #8 panhead sheet metal screw and a large washer. Drill a 1/16-inch hole in the frame next to the worn clip and use a pair of pliers to bend the washer slightly in its center so it forms a shallow V. With the washer in a V shape one edge is pushed toward the panel when the sheet metal screw is tightened. Drill a pilot hole for the sheet metal screw in the edge of the door close to the old screw, put the washer on the screw with the V facing toward the door, and tighten the screw. Do this in several areas around the panel.

Caulk and Weatherstrip Now: Take a walk around the house looking for worn and damaged caulk and weatherstripping. Caulk is a flexible sealant that fills cracks and gaps in all the joints of a house, but it eventually dries out, especially around walls, windows, and doors with a southern exposure. Caulk should be applied around the frames of doors and windows where they meet siding, between the foundation and siding, at cracks in bricks, or wherever masonry meets wood.
Weatherstripping is a material that seals openings in a house. It is applied around a window or door jamb or at its threshold. It is installed so it forms a tight seal at the opening, creating a gasket so it doesn't leak air and energy dollars. The material can be vinyl, rubber, metal, foam, wood, or a combination of them.
Caulk is sold in a cartridge that fits into a half-barrel caulk gun. To apply, clean the joint or crack by removing the old caulk and remove the dirt with an old paintbrush. Wipe it clean with a damp rag and let it dry. Cut the caulk tube's nozzle with a utility knife at a 45-degree angle. To operate the gun pull the handle all the way back so the nozzle faces opposite the handle. Then turn the handle so that the notches in the plunger face down. Pull the trigger until you feel resistance. Place the nozzle of the cartridge in the crack and squeeze the trigger of the gun while pushing the tube away from you to fill the gap with caulk. When you reach the end of the caulk or joint turn the handle of the gun so that the notches on the plunger face up in order to release pressure in the tube and to stop the caulk. Run your index finger over the bead of caulk to straighten it out. Wet your finger with water if you are using latex caulk; use mineral spirits if you are using another type.
Weatherstripping is not hard to install. Rubber, vinyl, wood, and metal weatherstripping can be cut to size with a shears or knife and then installed with the fasteners supplied by the manufacturer. Foam and V-seal vinyl weatherstripping has a pressure sensitive adhesive backing so it's a press-in-place material. When replacing worn weatherstripping with new, remove the old material and thoroughly scrape and clean the surface for good adhesion.

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I find that a lot of sites post monthly or daily challenges of things to do that are not time sensitive but my idea of organization is to put ordinary daily tasks into categories by time of day or week , room location etc. However, I decided that there are certain things that need to be done at certain times of the year. September is a month of change and there are probably some things you do by habit each September. Please post them here and if I or others seconds them, I will list them below, i.e. I will keep a record of these ideas in this post by continually editing it.
1. Plan a family labor day event
2. Go to the kickoff parent and teachers meeting to show your child(ren) that you feel his/her/their education is important and get to know the teacher(s).
3. Attend a homecoming church event
4. If you live in a cold climate and the leaves have already fallen, have the gutters on the house cleaned of the twigs,leaves etc.
5. If you live in Calvert County, Md , pay your yearly property and real estate taxes
6. Put pet safe containers of rodent bait in the garage so that when the weather gets cold you will not have an infestation of rodents.
7. Have an annual checkup of your furnace so you can be prepared for the winter.
8. Have a six month checkup of your house for termites.
9. Give your car its three month oil change.
10. Cull out summer clothes you didn't wear or want to wear. Take a serious look at fall and winter things and get rid of the ones you don't want to wear, are worn, etc. It's a great refresher for fall and if you are like me and like a few new things, it helps get clear on what is best to add (contributed by TORTISE110).
11. Call a Chimney Sweep: Have a professional clean the chimney, hearth, and firebox because a build-up of combustible creosote is a fire danger. If you use your fireplace regularly during the winter have it cleaned annually. If used only a few times each year have it inspected every couple of years and cleaned when necessary (contributed by LHLADY517).
12. Wash and replace window screens with storm windows and replace door screens with glass panels. Over the years the screws that hold the clips tight in the door begin to wear and will not stay tight so the screen and storm panels rattle. To solve the problem replace a worn clip and screw with a 3/4-inch long #8 panhead sheet metal screw and a large washer. Drill a 1/16-inch hole in the frame next to the worn clip and use a pair of pliers to bend the washer slightly in its center so it forms a shallow V. With the washer in a V shape one edge is pushed toward the panel when the sheet metal screw is tightened. Drill a pilot hole for the sheet metal screw in the edge of the door close to the old screw, put the washer on the screw with the V facing toward the door, and tighten the screw. Do this in several areas around the panel. (Contributed by LHLADY517)
13. Paint any outside trim that needs painting. Be sure to clean surfaces and scrape off any loose material and fill large cracks (see next item re caulking etc.)
14. Caulk and Weatherstrip Now: Take a walk around the house looking for worn and damaged caulk and weatherstripping. Caulk is a flexible sealant that fills cracks and gaps in all the joints of a house, but it eventually dries out, especially around walls, windows, and doors with a southern exposure. Caulk should be applied around the frames of doors and windows where they meet siding, between the foundation and siding, at cracks in bricks, or wherever masonry meets wood.
Weatherstripping is a material that seals openings in a house. It is applied around a window or door jamb or at its threshold. It is installed so it forms a tight seal at the opening, creating a gasket so it doesn't leak air and energy dollars. The material can be vinyl, rubber, metal, foam, wood, or a combination of them.
Caulk is sold in a cartridge that fits into a half-barrel caulk gun. To apply, clean the joint or crack by removing the old caulk and remove the dirt with an old paintbrush. Wipe it clean with a damp rag and let it dry. Cut the caulk tube's nozzle with a utility knife at a 45-degree angle. To operate the gun pull the handle all the way back so the nozzle faces opposite the handle. Then turn the handle so that the notches in the plunger face down. Pull the trigger until you feel resistance. Place the nozzle of the cartridge in the crack and squeeze the trigger of the gun while pushing the tube away from you to fill the gap with caulk. When you reach the end of the caulk or joint turn the handle of the gun so that the notches on the plunger face up in order to release pressure in the tube and to stop the caulk. Run your index finger over the bead of caulk to straighten it out. Wet your finger with water if you are using latex caulk; use mineral spirits if you are using another type.
Weatherstripping is not hard to install. Rubber, vinyl, wood, and metal weatherstripping can be cut to size with a shears or knife and then installed with the fasteners supplied by the manufacturer. Foam and V-seal vinyl weatherstripping has a pressure sensitive adhesive backing so it's a press-in-place material. When replacing worn weatherstripping with new, remove the old material and thoroughly scrape and clean the surface for good adhesion. Thanks to LHLADY517 for this item.
15. Balance the checkbooks at least monthly and at the end of the Month review your accomplishments and take time to focus on things to do in October.

Edited by: OLDEROWL at: 9/29/2014 (21:41)
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