Daylight Saving Time Ends 11.01.09…How Much Did You Save?

There are two kinds of light – the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures. ~James Thurber

Summer has come and gone. It’s time to set the clocks back an hour (Sunday, 2 AM, November 1, 2009. [Note: For the U.S. and its territories, Daylight Saving Time is NOT observed in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, and Arizona. The Navajo Nation participates in the Daylight Saving Time policy, even in Arizona, due to its large size and location in three states.]

This is also a good time to:

* Change the batteries in the smoke alarms (More than 90 percent of homes in the United States have smoke detectors, but one-third are estimated to have dead or missing batteries. A working smoke detector more than doubles a person’s chances of surviving a home fire.)
* Flip your mattress (The old rule of thumb is Flip in Fall, Spin in Spring)
* Change out water filters and central air filters
* Clean the gutters
* Purge your wardrobe of items you didn’t wear last winter (and probably won’t wear this winter either), and donate them to help keep others warm

Now that the longer nights are here it is tempting to hibernate, and adding little touches to your home can help make it cocoon-cozy for these long winter nights.

Build a fire in the fireplace. Or (if you don’t have a working fireplace) gather a few candles together on end tables and/or a coffee table. Firelight and candlelight instead of harsh overhead lights will help create a cozy nest. Put thick warm comforters on the bed and fleece throws on the sofa.

Set aside some time for you. Curl up with a bowl of hot soup. Settle in to watch some movies, or maybe catch up on some reading.

Firelight will not let you read fine stories but it’s warm and you won’t see the dust on the floor. ~Irish Proverb

Happy Fall Y’all!!

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