Winter comes

And with it, a host of chores.

The leaves continue to fall, though the bulk of them are down now. So that means the gutters need one last clearing out.

Not my hand, not my leaves, not from my gutter

The deck furniture that folds up is put in the shed for the season. The covers for the pieces that remain out need to go on, the yard decor that won’t do well exposed in the snow must be gathered up

The hose is drained, rolled up. This is the biggest heartache, not because it’s a tough job but because it means pond care is manual hereafter.

So changes the seasons here. The 10-day forecast calls for snow. And then it will feel far more official than a date on a calendar indicates.