Autumn in Maine…as beautiful as ever.

Here is a list of fun things to do to enjoy the beautiful crisp fall air with family and friends…

 

  1. Enjoy a bonfire with all the tree limbs you picked up from around the yard. What a good excuse to have friends over for some fun!
  2. Go apple picking. Make sure to enjoy some warm apple crisp with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Another excuse to have friends over!
  3. Grab some friends and go hiking. The best views are from the top of that mountain!
  4. Get lost in a corn maze or go for a hayride. We are all still kids inside!
  5. Bundle up and go to a football game.
  6. Enjoy a caramel apple, apple pie, hot apple cider or warm pumpkin soup.
  7. Go pick out a pumpkin and have a pumpkin carving party. It is so much fun to see what everyone comes up with. Toast the pumpkin seeds with salt, pepper and garlic. Mmmmmmm….
  8. Go to a fall festival.
  9. Visit a haunted house. Who doesn’t like a good scare?
  10. Breathe in the cool, crisp air and have fun jumping into a pile of leaves!

 

As the air cools… it is time to prepare for the approaching winter months…

 

  1. Get the storm windows in before the snow flies.
  2. Have your furnace cleaned and test it to make sure it is running smoothly before you need it.
  3. Order your wood, pellets and propane for the stoves.
  4. Roll up the hose and disconnect from the home. Cover the lawn furniture and empty the gas from lawn mowers.
  5. Clean the air conditioners and cover for winter. If you have a heat pump, clean the filters. If you have had the unit for more than a year, have a technician check the unit while he is there cleaning the furnace.
  6. Make sure to have the chimney cleaned.
  7. Insulate any exposed pipes and insulate anywhere where you feel drafts, especially around doors and windows.
  8. Check your roof for any loose or missing shingles. It is much easier to fix now than when there is a foot of snow.
  9. Seal the deck to help extend the life of it.
  10. Empty all water fountain displays.
  11. Make sure the gutters are clean of debris.
  12. Trim back all overhanging tree branches that could break and cause damage when overloaded with snow or ice.
  13. Check your snowblower for efficiency. Have snow shovels, rock salt and scrapers ready.
  14. If power outages are an issue in your area during the winter months, you may consider having a generator. If you have a generator, they should be started monthly to ensure efficiency.
  15. In case of power outages, store extra water and canned foods for you and your pets.

 

Helpful tip: If you have a child entering college soon, you will need to keep in mind their insurance needs as well. If they are living off campus, they will need renters insurance of their own.