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30 Days of Thanksgiving – 11

30 Days of Thanksgiving - 11

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Before the Holidays – 2 Weeks Out

Preparing for the Holidays in Florida means getting ready inside and out. I usually start  two weeks before Thanksgiving week with any lingering projects/repairs and the outside chores, then move inside. The week before Thanksgiving is deep cleaning, usually cleaning out cabinets and drawers, washing windows and maybe the upholstery. The week of Thanksgiving is all about shopping, baking, crafts, decorating, friends, family and fun!

This week I’m working on this years “two weeks before” list. This includes painting the bathrooms and a doorway and maybe replacing some grout in the hallways. I started sanding and caulking the bathrooms earlier this year but never finished. I’ve been a little busy.


I’ve already started the outside chores this week with cutting the grass for the last time until Spring and making a fire to clean out the fire pit. I started trimming bushes, digging up weeds and raking leaves. I’ll let the chickens help with the weeding, they’re good at digging up weeds. Then it all goes in the compost pile.


I’ll be cleaning out the animal houses and  I might put lights in the coop. I’m not sure yet because since an earlier post where I talked about putting lights in the coop, I’ve been getting more eggs. Hmmm. I think they heard me talking about it. 🙂

I have lots to do, I better get busy.

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Fall Composting

This is the time of year when I do one final clean up before the weather starts to cool off. I clean the chicken coop, rake all the animal areas and any leaves that fell (not many here in Florida) and put everything into the compost pile.

This will probably be the last cleaning of the coop for a couple months. Unless it turns out to be a warm Fall. I leave the coop alone to create heat that helps keep the chicken warm during what few cold weeks we have.  More on “Winterizing Your Coop Florida Style” later.

For more on leaf composting and to see what a pile of leaves looks like, check out this post by City Girl Farming

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Change of Season – Fall

Fall officially starts September 22nd…in the Northern Hemisphere…this year. Did you know it changes slightly every year? There is a simple scientific explanation that involves the rotation of the Earth and it’s distance and location to the Sun. You can learn more about this on the Old Farmer’s Almanac dstclockimagewebsite.  Basically that means less daylight hours and we move our clocks back to try to get as much daylight as we can.

How do you feel about Daylight Savings Time?

This also means our chickens will stop laying!


Do you support artificial sunlight in chicken coops to encourage laying?

July and August are the hottest months of the year in Florida, so we’re not really feeling very Fall-ish three weeks into September. Sometimes in mid October we start having a few overcast days (without rain), maybe a gentle breeze and if we’re lucky a cold front will come through and it might drop into the high 70’s/low 80’s. We usually have a brief Fall in January before our two weeks of Winter in February. You can check out our current weather here.


Our Fall is what we make it, so out comes our “Fall” bin. I try to remember sometime before October to pull it out and start talking, teaching and decorating for Fall and the Holidays it contains. We don’t celebrate halloween, so we focus on the changing of the season and Daylight Savings Time before we jump into Thanksgiving and then Christmas. I have a bin for each season that contains a variety of Seasonal items that might include decorations, dishtowels and previous crafts among other items. This is my Fall bin.

We’ll be sharing some Fall crafts soon.

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Fall in Florida

Today is a beautiful day! Late October, it’s in the high 70’s with a gentle breeze and it’s overcast. It makes me want to go to the park or take a walk. It must be time to switch things up and prepare for Fall.

Everyone knows a change in weather means a change in wardrobe, weatherproofing the house and preparing the homestead (plants and animals) for the colder weather…who am I kidding, I just need to change my shoes! We don’t usually get cooler weather until January – February. 🙂