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According to the weather people, we are supposed to get our first snow storm tonight/tomorrow. Every year at this time, I amaze myself by being absolutely clueless about what to do when the first storm comes. I am the person you hate on your commute home because I look like I’ve never seen, let alone driven in snow. (Advanced apologies to all of you.) For someone who has lived in cold weather states her whole life, I feel like a newbie every year. If you are like me, or just want to brush up on your winter protocol, check out the City of Minneapolis website and read up on what you need to do in the event of a snow emergency. There is even a Snow Emergency app you can download to keep you up on the daily requirements of the city. While you’re looking around the City website, brush up on the snow shoveling requirements. Homeowners are required to shovel within 24 hours of the snow fall ending. For commercial and apartment buildings, the time allowance is shortened to 4 daytime hours. Not doing this will guarantee you angry neighbors, but could also get you a fine from the city.
Heating your home in the winter can be an expensive proposition, but there are things we can do to make the financial burden a little lighter:
· Insulate your windows: For a reasonable price, you can pick up the plastic insulation sheets at your local hardware store. Put them on any window lets in the cold.
· Get a home energy audit: This can help you zero in on the areas of your home that are letting out the most heat and can help you put together a plan to address those areas.
· Be unconventional: There are ways to produce heat that don’t fit neatly into the Xcel/Centerpoint model. Check out this article about heating your home with flower pots and tea lights.
· Fireplace: If you have a fireplace in your home, use it in the evenings and try to keep all your activities in the range of its heat. Move your dining room table next to the fire, or have a romantic picnic next to the hearth.
· More clothes: Growing up, this was my parents’ favorite remedy for the cold….put on another sweatshirt/sweater.
Have you heard that we might get a winter storm tomorrow? Gross! I don’t know about you, but this news made me panic. Check out this list of things to do before the ground is buried for good.
1. Rake up the leaves in your yard and give it one last mowing. This will make sure your grass isn’t smothered over the winter and will be ready to start growing again when spring comes. Continue running the lawn mower until it is out of gas. If there is gas left in the motor over the winter, it can gum up the carburetor. (That’s at least what the interwebs say, I know nothing about gummy carburetors.)
Have you ever wanted to create a photo frame wall collage? It’s easier than you think!
You should be sure to do a bit of prep work before hammering the nails into the wall. Follow these steps to ensure you get it right the first time:
Trace the frames onto newspapers or grocery store bags. Then cut out the paper so it’s the same size as the frames.
Then arrange and tape the paper on the wall where you want the frames to go.
After the paper stencils are arranged on the wall how you like them, then hammer nails through the paper stencils into the wall.
Lately we’ve been on a cardboard taxidermy kick. What do you think? Do you love or hate it?
Here are a few places to find cardboard taxidermy:
You can also make your own: