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CGinNoCO, we follow the same rule about the car gas tank in the winter...half full, fill it up!

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I've totally forgotten to disconnect my garden hoses ! it has not frozen yet so I have time but I am very glad to be reminded. This was from a comment but probably should have been included in the article. My sump pump operates daily to pump the washing machine water up to the outgoing sewer pipe from the basement. I would know if it is not working but it should be monitored. It is nice to talk about ironing the linens ( !) but it is the mechanical and plumbing systems which can give you so much trouble in the winter. My solution for the tablecloths is to put the cotton ones into the dryer while damp with a couple of the tennis balls and get them out before the cycle stops. I love tablecloths but I am not going to iron them. I have a beautiful Battenburg lace one somewhere-about 10 feet long. At this point I cannot imagine why I am keeping it.

The advice about deep cleaning a bathroom is good. With the pandemic staying in there just seems to be more circulating dust from daily life and it really shows in a bathroom. Of course no one is coming over.

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Kathleen Marineau

I disconnected our hoses in early November, then reconnected them after a 4 day cold spell, now it's time to disconnect again. This time I'll probably put them away.


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