Welcome to the season of cooler temperatures and beauty! As you enjoy this magnificent season, there are a few things to keep in mind for your pleasure and safety.
Although the days may be pleasantly cool, the nights can be downright cold. So, before you turn up the heat, schedule regular maintenance on your heating systems to make sure they are in proper working order and will get you through the winter. Fireplaces and chimneys should be inspected and cleaned to prevent dangers, such as flue fires. It’s a great time to also get out your afghans and fleece blankets. Not only do they brighten up your home, but they will also help keep the chill away.
You may be tempted to pack away your summer clothing, but this season is perfect for layering. Temperatures fluctuate widely and you may find that you need to shed heavier outerwear as it warms up during the day, but you will need it later in the evening when it cools again. So if you love your summer attire, you can still wear it with a fun sweater, hoodie, or stylish jacket! Depending on where you live, you’ll likely have plenty of time to enjoy your winter clothing!
This is the season when we start hearing about flu shots. Whether you choose to get a flu shot or not, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself from some germs. Good hand washing is imperative (30 seconds in hot soapy water). Good hydration also benefits your immune system, so remember to sip from that water bottle as you enjoy the indoors and outdoors! And enjoy a good diet filled with lots of nutrients.
Speaking of nutrients, have you noticed the yummy veggies and fruits that are available this time of year? Pumpkins are amazing. They contain vitamins A and C and they are just plain fun to carve! Other delicious fruits and vegetables of the season are artichokes, beets, broccoli, sweet potatoes, pomegranates, apples, cranberries, eggplant and kale. So many choices!
When you “fall back” and reset your clocks, remember to change your batteries in your smoke and CO detectors, and then test them to be sure they are functioning properly. If you are even the slightest bit unsteady on your feet, please ask someone to do this for you!
It’s a great time to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Remember that even though there is beauty all around you, you will want to be mindful of what’s on the ground in front of you! Be careful of wet leaves that can be very slippery. Keep sidewalks and driveways clear of leaves – but remember that raking leaves can be strenuous work. Find out whom in your neighborhood might want to earn a few dollars for raking and bagging leaves for you. If you have grandchildren, they can work and have fun with you at the same time!
Enjoy your autumn days!