Tis the season.
I bought my first box of cocoa so the season of hot chocolate has begun. The delicious beverage, as far as I’m concerned, can only be consumed during winter months. I enjoy it. Not sure why that it must wait until October or November, but it does.
Along with hot cocoa, it’s time to begin the weatherization of the homestead for when temperatures dip below freezing: close the vents, make sure all the accesses are securely closed, disconnect and store hoses, cover and insulate the outdoor spouts, and make sure windows and doors are ready for the winter months.
In essence, bundling the house up tight and preparing for what might be heading our way.
It’s also a good time to replace the batteries in my smoke detectors and make sure they are working properly. I have an older fire extinguisher, so it might be time to replace that.
Oh, the joys of homeownership are never ending. The to-do list is real and there’s always more to do than I have time for. Always something forgotten, like winterizing my lawnmowers – just remembered that one.
I wonder how bad it will get this year. Last year wasn’t really that bad. Maybe that’s the quiet before the storm. The one thing I do not have is alternate heat for if the electricity goes out and doesn’t readily come back on. I did have a big, round kerosene heater in the garage for such an emergency, but 3-4 years ago my son told me about a man without any heat whatsoever in his home. I sent that heater (probably $120) to him. I felt it was the right thing to do. I have yet to replace it.
While I’m thinking about that, I also don’t have an emergency kit of food, water and other supplies. However, I do fairly well about keeping the house stocked. Minimal worries about that.
For the Standard’s Halloween dessert competition, I ended up making creepy Bloody Eyeball Brownies and a whimsical Host of Ghost Cake.
Eyeballs: The eyeballs were actually Oreo balls made with red velvet Oreos – I wanted the inside to look fleshy. Strawberry topping that goes on ice cream gave it a look of bloody mess oozing from it. It rested on a brownie covered in white icing.
Cake: A box of Betty Crocker dividing and baked in three 8-inch pans. In between the layers were neon colored icing dinted purple, orange and green. On the top were blobs of mess of tiny ghosts made from the same icing and of those colors. I used candy eyes on the ghosts and peeking out from the layers.
I probably do get a bit carried away. This is part of my Halloween fun. I goes by way too quickly.
Well, here’s to November. The eleventh month offers us the end of daylight saving time – boo – on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2 a.m. and Thanksgiving on the 28th. Not too bad.
Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.