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  1. Yesterday was a beautiful summer day and today it looks and feels like winter outside. It’s cold, cloudy and raining. I'm glad I was out and about running errands etc. most of the day yesterday. It felt really nice to be out. I want to throw down some weed and feed in the back yard fenced in area again this year. I think it helped last year. Then I need to spray some weeds growing in some dead beds and driveway cracks and carry in the rest of my firewood. It's a one day job IF my back holds out. The gate fell off of my fence so I need to pick that up. Sigh. I really hate that fence...still. I still have to mow one more time this year because of the downed leaves. I'll get that done the first dry day we have next week. Then I want to hose down the mower to remove the dead grass on the mowing deck and call it a season. I’ll still go out and fire it up every week or two during the winter just to make sure it will start up again next spring. That seemed to work last year. I have a cover for it but I can’t start it up with a cover on and it’s too cold out there to be fiddling with it during the winter. It doesn’t get too dusty in the garage during the winter anyway. I also need to get the Jeep cleaned out. It needs vacuumed really bad. I bought some new seat covers for the front seats to change out. The old ones lasted around eight years and really protected them. I got a new steering wheel cover too. It is just starting to show some wear and I don't want that to continue. The floor mats are still good but need hosed off. I have some Amorall (sp) to clean the un-upholstered areas. The windshield is so dirty inside it glares back at me. Literally and figuratively. I can do all of that inside the garage. Then a trip to the carwash and it should be nice and clean for the winter. I’m thinking about taking all of my blankets to the laundry mat and doing them there. It’s faster and I really think it’s cheaper for big items. They have the oversize machines and I could probably do them in one or two loads. I know it’s cheaper to dry them there. And this big beautiful blue powdery soft throw is doing just that…throwing. It sheds so bad. Really bad! No way do I want it in my washer. I’m starting to wonder about that $15.00 I spent on it. Buyer’s remorse? Not yet but close. Then I need to start winterizing the windows inside the house. I think I’ll put the plastic shrink wrap on them all and bubble wrap on the basement ones again. I like the bubble wrap on the basement ones because it lets light in but adds some privacy when I’m down there doing laundry. Nosey neighbors. I’m thinking about shrink wrapping the front door too. It’s a double door and new but still leaks like a sieve where the two doors meet. Or maybe getting one of those ‘bottom of the door’ strips and sticking it on along the inside of the door where the two meet. It wouldn’t be a real seal but it might help without sealing up the entire door. I don’t know. I need to put a new door mat, for the step going to and from the garage, on my shopping list too. Most of the nubs have worn off and they look like mouse droppings scattered around. Not a good look. I like winter and I like snow but this year I'm not emotionally ready for it. I'm kind of dreading it actually. This year has flown by. I can’t believe it’s almost over.
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