After a really glorious fall, cold weather has come to Central Illinois. The sky is gray, the wind is from the north and cuts right through you. I have to admit, I wasn't ready although we've finished the outdoor chores. We've scooped the leaves out of the pond, put our tropical pond plants in a tub in the bay window, brought in 2 of our 3 rain barrels (the 3rd stays up to replenish our indoor plant's water on those warm days that melt the ice in our black barrel), covered the furniture in the gazebo, raked most of the leaves and burned them, cleaned out the gutters, emptied and turned over the bird baths, dug up and stored next year's canna bulbs, moved the bird feeders from the south side of the yard to the north side where I can see them when I craft, cleaned out all the birdhouses for winter use, purchased straw for mulch for next year (there seems to be a shortage of straw in March when we need it), put the heated bird bath by the front window where the cat can enjoy the show, brought in all the outdoor plants that will winter in the bay window, filled up 40 gallons of water from the rain barrels to store in the garage (we thaw as necessary), cleaned out the garage and moved the cars in, and stocked up on bird feed. Whew! We're actually ready for a rest now.
Snippet 15: Excerpt from Housekeeping Monthly - 13 May 1955
The Good Wife's Guide:
"Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice."