DH takes all the heavy lifting, outdoor jobs: checking the roof, cleaning the gutters, putting up the storm windows. I work on the indoor things and putting the garden away for the year. Around mid-September we get started, digging out the storm windows from the shed, checking for cracks and cleaning the glass. DH gets up on the ladder and cleans all the leaves out of the gutters and makes sure the shingles look solid.
By October we've moved onto stacking wood. We have a wood burning stove in the living room, which is great to gather around on long nights and during blizzards. It's a lot of work but it's worth it. Around October we also seal the insides of the windows, I swap out the bedding for flannel, and my window blankets go up.
After a long day getting our house ready for the long cold winter, DH and I like to relax by snuggling on the couch and watching our ExpertSatellite television. The kids think it's silly at our age, but to us it's great.
Contributed by Alec Bates