I've been fermenting veggies. I have a few quarts of saurkraut, and 4 or so of cortido; 5 qts of cauliflower, red pepper, and pearl onion or garlic (I ran out of the onion after 3 quarts); 4 qts of ginger carrots; 6 qts of garlic-dill pickles; and 7? qts of beets. I got some grape leaves from a friend, and I'm going to do more jars of dill pickles. I tried the ones I made (you have to wait two weeks) and they are tasty, but mushy. The grape leaves are supposed to help keep them crisp. I was buying the veggies for what I thought was pretty cheap; 2 lbs of beets for 95 cents, for instance. Just a the grocery store. This week, the same store has all the same veggies on sale -- 10 lbs of beets for $1.95.
I'm so bad at shopping the sales.
Went through my food storage, cleaned out, organized, to see what I need. Hope to buy some honey soon. Bought oldest dk winter clothes; no jackets or boots yet, though. Trying to finish the duvet cover I started last year for our down comforter. I hope to move the kids (well, our two older boys) from the north-facing master bedroom to the other small, south-facing bedroom. The master bedroom is so hard to heat, it is chilly all winter unless you crank the heat (we have electric).
We might actually winterize our vehicle this year -- it is nicer than the one we had before, and I would like it to last a little better. I have a feeling our last one died prematurely due to neglect.
Clearing out the back "yard" (little fenced-in area behind our townhouse) -- we still have some leftover renovation materials out there, and I would like to have room for the kids to play in the snow there.
Justice2, you don't need to freeze foods etc. if you don't want to. The grocery stores sell fresh foods all winter long.
(I'm sure you know that!) It is cheaper to preserve fresh stuff in the fall, but it isn't necessary. (Though having food stored is a good idea anywhere, as an emergency can happen any time.) I would plan on making sure you have good winter tires on your vehicle and maybe get a check up and ask your mechanic what you should do to winterize (I have no idea, as stated above. I have seen winter oil advertized, though). Get winter driving lessons, from a friend or a professional. My dad, who grew up in northern ontario and does all sorts of driving in all weather (he drove logging trucks, for instance) goes out when they have the first good snow to an empty lot and practises his winter driving -- skidding on purpose to practice regaining control, for instance. (He would also skid the car through a 180 every morning to turn around in our driveway when I was a kid :LOL ) Have sand and a shovel and blankets in your car. Salt or grit for your walkway. Though you get freezing rain in SC, right? So maybe you are prepared in this area already. Hmmm, I don't know if you'll need to plug in your car -- we did in Ottawa, but we haven't so far in southern ontario. For coats -- I dunno, I live not far from Lake Erie -- my "winter coat" is a fleece zip up from MEC; I have a rain jacket to go over it if it's really cold. It just doesn't get THAT cold here. Snowy, yes, but cold, not so much. My kids have warmer snowsuits, though, obviously, and I do *own* a warmer winter jacket, but I haven't used it in years. Good mittens or gloves are important, though. If you tend to have dry skin, your hands might suffer if they get cold. Mine get chapped/cracked and bleeding in the cold weather. I like a nice warm hat, I hate cold ears. And good sunglasses for driving -- glare off snow is brutal.
Sealing windows was mentioned -- you'll want to make sure any drafty areas are sealed up. Many people use a -- oh I'm blanking on the name -- usually a stuffed tube of fabric that goes in front of the door, on the floor, to keep out the draft. And a good mat inside for wet boots. And somewhere to hang/dry mitts, scarves, hats, snowpants....
For winter eating, soups and stews and chowder and chili are good. And cocoa. Mmmmm.... you can make it in the crockpot to be ready for you when you come in from playing in the snow. And you'll want to make jack wax
in the spring.
And enjoy fall, while it lasts! My fave season