Winter is Coming!!

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but winter is coming.  Are you ready for it?

I’m no weatherman; so I can’t predict the how bad this winter is going to be.  It could be mild or it could be cold.  We could have lots of snow or hardly any.

All I can say that there is no escaping the inevitable of the drastic winter season.  So we must be ready for it when it’s come.

I will say this though.  Winter isn’t as bad as it was when I was a kid.  We had a lot more snow.  It was a lot colder.

Is this because of global warming?  I don’t think so.

Here are some tips to get ready for old man winter:

Let us start with winterizing your car and driving.  First, you should make sure that your battery is charge properly; that way your car will start during the coldest part of winter.  You should also have snow tires put on your vehicle.  You should change your oil, so that it will fit the climate.  You should have a winter survival kit inside of your car, God forbid you ever get stranded in a blizzard.  A smart thing to do is never goes out in a blizzard in the first place.  Nothing is important enough to be out in a blizzard.  Not your job, not shopping, not whatever!  The most important thing, you must never text or talk on your cell phone while driving.  You must have your full attention on the road.  That way you won’t slip and slide on the ice and cause an accident.

Now let us winterize your home.  You must make sure that your chimney is cleaned; so that there won’t be a fire that will burn down your home.  I remember, every year in the Fall we would put on the storm windows to get ready for winter.  In the Spring we would take them off.  You should make sure that your furnace is running properly.  Growing up, on the farm, we had a wood stove that my step-dad built himself.  He made sure that we had a wood pile up close to our house, and easily  accessible.  The kind of woods that he liked to used was oak.  They were very sturdy and last a long time when burning to keep warm.

Winter is a time to put away your summer clothes and gather all your winter clothes.  In other words, you don’t wear shorts outside during the wintertime.  Yet, I see people who does wears shorts during the winter.  I sees kids wear shorts during the winter and wondered why the parents don’t put their foot down.  If we wore shorts outside during the winter, both of my parents would yells at us to put on pants.

You should make sure that you have a good winter coat and make sure that you wear it.  I have seen people goes outside without their winter coat.  You should also make sure to have a good pair of winter boots.  One that will help you not only in the deep snow but also help you walk on the ice as well.  Remember, ice that is buried under the snow is more likely to get you to slip and fall.  The reason, you can’t see the ice to prevent yourself from falling.  When you’re young, you can bounce right back up.  Once you get older, it’s harder to get up, and the healing process isn’t as fast.

You should also make sure that you have nice warm cap and gloves.  That way your hands and ears won’t freeze.  If your coat zip up over your mouth, then you don’t need a scarf.  That way you won’t breathe in the cold air; which will bring about a cold with a sore throat.  That cold air is so dry, it can really affect your throat, to the point that you cannot talk.  This year, I’m going to get myself a dehumidifier, to help rid the dryness from my apartment.

Those who were raised on a farm knows that during the Fall, your mother would canned all kinds of vegetables for the winter.  That way you had food to eat in case you were ever stranded at home in a blizzard.  Our parents also froze meat and even some vegetables as well.  I remember my mother canning homemade vegetable soup.  Then the during the winter all she had to do was either add it to the meat and heat it up or heat it up by itself.  We knew that we would survived the winter if God forbid there was ever a long blizzard stranding us.

The medical profession would suggest that you get the flue shot to be ready for winter.  I won’t go too much into that because that is another blog.  All I will say is, I don’t believe in the flue shot.

I’m more into the herbal remedies instead.  If you buy certain herbs, you can prevent getting a cold or sick with the flue.  I would say stock up on those herbs.  They are more healthier for you. This is all I’m going to say on herbs, for another blog.

I’m not saying that you have to wear winter underwear, unless you work outside.  I’m not saying that you have to wear wool clothing like they did years ago.

Make sure that you don’t freeze your water pipe also.  You don’t want to be without  heat and water during the winter.  If you’re going to keep your car running while in a store for a short time, make sure that you have an extra pair of keys with you; so that you can lock your car.  That way no one can steal your car.  You should also be sure to have a blanket in your car.  Believe me, it came in handy when I came home from school and my folks weren’t home and we didn’t have a key to get inside the house.  We were able to snuggled under a blanket.  I also remembered, my step-dad having straws built up around the well house to keep it warm.

These are just a few tips to get ready for the inevitable old man winter.  Folks, for those living in the northern hemisphere, winter is coming.  We can’t  fight it!  So my big question for you: are you ready for it?