Getting Prepared for Winter

Don’t want to be bothered by winter problems? Then don’t mind them at all by getting your house prepped up for the season!

Here are the tips which can help you enjoy a cup of warm coffee dressed in your favorite winter clothes during the cold season:

Store firewood.

Order firewood ahead then store them at least 20 feet away from your house. Ants and mice can make their nests in woodpiles, so you better keep them properly. Still, you have to make sure they’re easily accessible from your home. Ordering ahead can remove the worry of not having enough firewood to keep you warm.

Clean the gutters.

Get your ladder and clean your gutters! If you can’t do this by yourself, then hire someone else. It’s essential to wait until the leaves have gone down, then do the cleaning once. Well, of course, this is no longer applicable if they’re already overflowing when it rains. Keeping the gutters clean can prevent them from getting clogged, which can lead to problems related to water in the basement.

Prevent pipes from freezing.

Some of us have probably experienced having trouble with plumbing during winter because the pipes can quickly get frozen in icy cold temperatures, causing water to freeze and the pipe to get clogged. A lot of expensive issues can emerge from frozen pipes including bursts, which can eventually lead to flooding. And flooding can cause water damage on floors, walls, and insulator.

So, what should you do to bypass these winter plumbing problems?

  • Insulate apparent drafts.
  • Allow a small drip of water to flow in the sink to keep pipes from freezing.
  • Secure airlocks with heat tape.
  • Drain your pool correctly if you have one.

Superior-Pump-91250-300x300Also, as a safety precaution, own a sump pump so that you can deal with flooding efficiently.

Repair masonry.

Seal up cracks or broken joints in steps, walkways, and stonework. Ensure that you have clear, shovel-friendly paths to all entrances and exits.

Contact a heating company.

Why? So they could inspect your boiler and furnace. Sign a contract with a respectable heating company now instead of contacting them once your boiler blows in the middle of a cold night.

Get a generator.

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Lastly, if you don’t want to deal with dark and cold environments during winter because of superstorms, then you better get yourself an inverter generator. I said inverter generator because standard ones can be loud and that could irritate your neighbors. Inverter generators can be connected to increase output, and they are quieter than your vacuum cleaner. These generators are also fuel-efficient, which means you don’t have to spend a lot of money on fuel just to keep your body warm for the whole night.

Besides, inverter generators are portable—you can bring them anywhere easily. Some even come with a cart.

Winter doesn’t have to be a season filled with worries. As long as you’re prepared, you can sit down, relax, and even enjoy the cold season at the comfort of your home.

3 Welding Projects You Can Do Next Winter

Don’t let the coldness of winter make you unproductive! Let these welding projects keep you busy with a goal to make your property look better!

Before we proceed, make sure you have a welding machine first. If you don’t, then here’s an excellent source for you. Don’t worry; you can surely afford these machines.

Get busy with these three welding projects:

Bench

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Maximize your MIG (Metal Inert Gas) welder and scroll bender by building a customized bench for your veranda or backyard! It’s also perfect for your balcony. Use the scroll bar to bend the flat bar steel for the decorative sides of your bench before you join them using your MIG welder. This project will also need a lot of reinforcement, so add a section of steel across the center of the seat underneath.

Let this sturdy, unique-looking bench be the talk of the town! It’s an excellent tool that will bring the family members together especially during winter.

Gazebo

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Don’t let the chill make you lazy. Build a gazebo which offers various welding challenges that will enhance your welding skills. Let this gazebo keep you fruitful for a while, and you’ll see; winters aren’t that bad! Aside from being convenient, this also makes your property appear more accommodating. You can also achieve this project using a MIG welder.

For this project, a one-inch square tube will come in handy for the handrails and columns. For the roof, two-inch square steel tubes will be the main actors. If you wish to add more beauty to it, then shape a ½-inch x 1/8-inch flat steel using a scroll bender. Heck, you can even combine this gazebo project with the bench mentioned earlier! The duo will make your property a lot more elegant, I’m telling you.

Wheelbarrow

wheelbarrowIf a gazebo is a bit out-of-reach, then weld something that’s a lot more moveable than a bench—a wheelbarrow. This is an excellent project for those who are into gardening. The mainframe of this project could use a ½-inch square tubular steel. The handles could be made out of round tubes which are welded onto the mainframe.

 

Most welding projects need one-inch square tubes, so be sure to invest in them especially since you’d probably feel lazy to travel to a local hardware store for them during winter. This wheelbarrow also requires dependable one-inch square tubes for the legs and frame supports. The tubes should be really sturdy—they should be able to manage a lot of wear and tear. After welding the frame together, you can then apply pressure treated or finished wood to complete your wheelbarrow.

A Warm Cup of Coffee to Fight the Coldness of Winter

Survive through the winter with these espresso recipes you can do at home! Don’t worry if you don’t have an espresso machine, a decent article on this topic can help you. After reading the article, be sure to get your espresso machine right away to try these recipes!

Black Eye

Ingredients:
  • 2 shots of espresso
  • Ground coffee
Procedure:
  1. First, brew ground coffee.
  2. Transfer the brewed coffee in a cup.
  3. Add two shots of espresso.

Gingerbread Latte

gingerbread latteIngredients:
  • 1 c. of hot milk or soy milk
  • 1/2 c. of hot espresso
  • 1/3 c. of sugar
  • 1/3 c. of water
  • 1/4 tsp. of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • A 2-inch piece of fresh peeled and thinly sliced ginger
  • Optional: Whipped cream
Procedure:
  1. Gingerbread Syrup: Get a small saucepan. Put the cinnamon, ginger, sugar, vanilla, and water. Bring the ingredients to a boil. Stir often until the sugar completely dissolves. Lower the heat and slowly simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Get your espresso and place it in a mug. Add the gingerbread syrup. Top it off with heated milk and garnish with whipped cream if you wish. Enjoy!

Espresso Creme

Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. of heavy cream
  • 1 shot of espresso
Procedure:

Simply pull a shot of espresso and combine it with an ounce of heavy cream.

Café Bonbon

cafe bonbonIngredients:
  • 1/4 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. of cocoa powder
  • 2 oz. of condensed milk
  • 2 oz. of espresso
  • 2 oz. of heavy whipped cream
Procedure:
  1. Whip the vanilla extract and cream using a hand mixer until peaks form.
  2. Pull 2 oz. of espresso.
  3. Pour it into a glass cup.
  4. Pour your condensed milk into a cup. It should of the same amount as your espresso.
  5. Top the cup with whipped cream.
  6. Sprinkle the cocoa powder on top
  7. Serve this Spanish “candy coffee” drink with a spoon.

Espresso Breve

Ingredients:
  • 2 oz. of espresso
  • 2 oz. of foam.
  • 2 oz. of half & half
Procedure:
  1. Steam and froth the half & half at 145° to 160°F.
  2. Allow it to set.
  3. Pull a 2-oz. shot of espresso.
  4. Carefully pour the steamed half & half into a mug, holding back the foam.
  5. Pour half of the foam on top.
  6. Pour the espresso slowly into your mug.
  7. Top it with the rest of the foam.

Spicy Viennese Espresso

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 tsp. of allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon
  • 2 shots of espresso
  • 4 ground cloves
  • Whipped cream
two-shots-of-espressoProcedure:
  1. Pull two shots of espresso.
  2. Put in a cup.
  3. Mix the ground cloves, cinnamon, and allspice.
  4. Top with whipped cream.

Macadamia Mocha

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of steamed milk
  • 1 oz. of chocolate fudge
  • 1 oz. of macadamia nut syrup
  • 2 shots of espresso
  • A dash of grated chocolate
  • Some toasted coconut
Procedure:
  1. Pull two shots of espresso.
  2. Place in a cup.
  3. Add the macadamia nut syrup, chocolate fudge, and steamed milk.
  4. Top with toasted coconut and a dash of grated chocolate. Enjoy!

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How to Winterize Your Pool and Robotic Cleaner

Winterizing your pool before the cold days arrive is a must to protect your pool. To make sure it’s winter-ready, follow the instructions below.

Winterizing the Pool

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First, clean your pool using a quality robotic cleaner. You can get one from https://poolcleanerhub.com/. It’s crucial that you have a sanitized and balanced pool before you proceed.

Next, add 10 ounces of algaecide for every 10,000 gallons of pool water. Also, add a metal remover or a sequestering agent if necessary. For this part, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Get rid of debris left (if any).

The fourth step is to let the pool chemicals filter for 24 hours.

Then, remove all the plugs, as well as the water, from your pump and filter system. Of course, that includes the ones in your heat pump if you have one.

Now blow out your pool’s plumbing lines and plug all lines. For this step, it’s best to use an air compressor.

Next, add a skimmer plug to your skimmer. In case you didn’t know, it’s called a Gizzmo.

Hang on; you’re almost done!

The second to the last step would be to remove the handrails and ladders.

Lastly, place a pool cover on top of your pool to secure it. If you use a tarp or solid vinyl cover, make sure you put a pump in the middle of the cover so that it can get rid of rainwater.

Congratulations, you just winterized your pool! Now onto the next (and a lot easier) part.

It’s also essential to winterize your robotic pool cleaner to extend its life. This cleaner is efficient at removing dirt from your pool, which is why it deserves to be taken care off. Keep it safe for the wintry season by following the steps below.

Winterizing Your Robotic Pool Cleaner

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Unplug its power supply from the outside socket.

Next, take out the cleaner from your pool. You wouldn’t want to leave it there.

The third step would be to unplug the robot’s floating cable from the power supply.

Then, remove the filter bag or basket and clean it. This part isn’t even difficult to do.

Now remove any water from your robotic cleaner and make sure it’s entirely dry.

After which, coil its floating cable, sit the cleaner on its side and place it on top of the cable. If the unit has a storage compartment for the cable, then place the cable there.

The seventh step would be to position the power supply next to the robot.

Finally, store the cleaner in a dry place at room temperature. This way, it won’t become frozen during the winter months.

That’s it!

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Enjoying The Winter Season At Home: CS:GO Edition

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Let’s face it. The winter season can be quite daunting. Not only will you need to be physically healthy enough to withstand the extreme weather condition you may find yourself in without getting uninspired that easily, but also mentally fit enough to withstand any kind of extreme weather situation you may find yourself in without getting tired that easily.

But you know what?

Let’s face it as well. The winter season can be quite delighting. Not only will you have to be physically healthy enough to withstand the extreme weather condition you may find yourself in without getting pained that easily, but also mentally fit enough to withstand any type of extreme weather situation you may find yourself in without getting unmotivated that easily.

And you know what?

There’s more to the winter season than it seems to be, especially with the fact that you can enjoy it at home while playing CS:GO.

You see and unlike what some people believe, this 2011 sequel to ‘90s popular game Counter Strike is not just about shooting your opponent in a flexible manner and accumulating stats for levels. It’s also about seeing places in a different perspective, just like how you would whenever you make it a point to enjoy the winter season at home – no matter where you are going, no matter who you are with.

Because indeed…there’s more to the winter season than it seems to be, especially with the fact that you can enjoy it at home while playing CS:GO.

There’s even more to the winter season than it seems to be, even without the fact that you can enjoy it at home while playing CS:GO (which you can learn more about at Cstrading.com).

You also see and unlike what other people believe, this 2011 sequel to ‘90s popular game Counter Strike is not just about targeting your opponent in a precise manner and accumulating points for rewards. It’s also about experience things in a new way, just like how you would whenever you make it a point to enjoy the winter season at home – no matter what you are doing, no matter who you are with.

Because indeed…there’s even more to the winter season than it seems to be, even without the fact that you can enjoy it at home while playing CS:GO (which you can learn even more about at the same link mentioned above).

How about you?

How do you enjoy the winter season at home?

Do you also enjoy the winter season at home while playing CS:GO? If so, share with us how it works for you in the comments section below!

Surviving Winter This Year

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Let’s face it. The world, as we know it, is now out of warmth. Gone are those days where you can freely move around all day without getting tired that easily, especially with the sun shining down warmly on us. Now, we can only freely move around all day without getting tired that easily if the sun shining down warmly on us is just that – warm and not burning hot.

And let’s also face it. The world, as we know it, is now out of coolness. Gone are those days where you can freely move around all night without getting pained that easily, even with the air blowing up coolly on us. Now, we can only freely move around all night without getting pained that easily if the air blowing coolly on us is just that – cool and not freezing cold.

But then again, there’s the impending winter season to consider today – the one season that doesn’t just make you want to keep the sun shining down on you even if it’s burning hot, but also make you want to keep away the air blowing up on you especially if it’s freezing cold; and the one season that doesn’t just make you want to keep the air blowing up on you even if it’s freezing cold, but also make you want to keep away the sun shining down on you especially if it’s burning hot.

And yes, it’s all thanks to global warming – for these disruptions to a person’s sensitivity towards various weather conditions, as well as disruptions to a person’s immunity against various weather conditions.

Those being said, here are some ways to survive winter this year – even if you’re still learning how to climb multi pitch:

  • Bury yourself in layers of clothes that are both great for inevitable weather conditions like that of insulation leggings.
  • Bury yourself in layers of blankets that are both great for unexpected weather situations like that of broken thermostats.

Do you know any other ways to survive winter this year? Let us know in the comments section below!

Three Books for Travel Inspirations

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When the travel bug bites, the best cure is to follow where those itchy feet will take you. Whether you like the idea of taking winter cruises in the Carribean or into European ports or excited with the idea of Provence cycling holidays, here are some great reads that will inspire you to travel somewhere you have never been to.

No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach by Anthony Bourdain

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner

“Some places are like family. They annoy us to no end, especially during the holidays, but we keep coming back for more because we know, deep in our hearts, that our destinies are intertwined.”

Video Night In Kathmandu and Other Reports from the Not-So-Far East by Pico Iyer

“I loved the quiet places in Kyoto, the places that held the world within a windless moment. Inside the temples, Nature held her breath. All longing was put to sleep in the stillness, and all was distilled into a clean simplicity.

The smell of woodsmoke, the drift of incense; a procession of monks in black-and-gold robes, one of them giggling in a voice yet unbroken; a touch of autumn in the air, a sense of gathering rain.”

6 Best European Cities for a Winter Getaway

Winter in Europe could mean dark days and nights and frigidly cold weather or sunshiny and pleasantly cold depending on which part of the continent you are spending it. But wherever you choose to go, you will likely find tons of stunning sights and great experiences to enjoy. So if you are thinking of taking a winter European sojourn, here are some of the best places to start.

1. Abisko, Sweden
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Sweden’s beauty may shine during the warm summer months, but you may be in for a great surprise once the winter sets in. With hundreds of ski resorts and picturesque ski villages, vast stretches of wilderness blanketed in snow, and a lot of attractions best enjoyed during the cold months, the country beckons to anyone up for some serious winter experiences. The small village of Abisko is hands down one of Sweden’s winter gems. You may not get to see much sunlight for weeks between December and January, but the promise of plenty of Northern Lights sightings more than make up for it. Some of the unmissable things to see and do include the Abisko National Park, the Aurora, dog sledding, and exploring the frozen wilderness on a snowmobile.

2. Athens, Greece
Acropolis, Athens
The Greek Isles offer many excellent spots for a winter break. But if you want to explore the Acropolis and marvel at the Parthenon sans the crowd, then winter in Athens is a must. Take a stroll along the city’s streets, get one of the best views of the Acropolis at Lycabettus Hill, and visit as many ancient sites and museums as you can — all with the added bonus of enjoying it all with fewer crowds.

3. Bouillon, Belgium
Bouillon, Belgium
The picturesque medieval town of Bouillon is an idyllic spot for winter meanderings, delicious eats, and breathtaking nature scenery. Venture out to the 13th-century Bouillon Castle or head out to the nearby village of Botassart all the while taking in the stunning winter scene that surrounds you.

4. Barcelona, Spain
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If you are planning to spend your winter vacation lounging at the beach, Barcelona offers plenty of attractions worth visiting when autumn ends and the colder months set in. Experience the city with fewer tourists on the streets and explore its city’s treasure trove of art, architecture, culture, and tons of things to see and do at leisure.

5. Paris, France
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The beauty of Paris knows no season. But the City of Light seems to shine even brighter in winter, especially at night. See the Christmas illuminations add to the already stunning scenes you will find as soon as evening sets in the city. Enjoy the festive atmosphere as you browse through the shops’ winter displays or get warm and cozy in a cafe or restaurant as you savor scrumptious French cuisines.

6. Transylvania, Romania
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There is probably no better time to see Dracula’s lair but on the dead of winter. Experience a fairytale-like adventure in a place that provides the perfect setting that make you feel like you have stepped right into the pages of the famous story book. The grey skies, snow-coated fields, gothic castles, and beautiful medieval towns are just some of the things that provide the perfect backdrop as you set out to explore the city and nearby villages and towns.

Fun Things to Do in the Cold Months

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Surviving the cold winter months does not have to be a chore, especially if you have an arsenal of fun activities for the winter to get you through it.

Visit musuems. Entertain yourself by checking out the museums, art galleries, or cultural centers in your area. Walking around studying period pieces and artifacts is not only a great way to soak up more knowledge. It can also give you the exercise you need.

Get organized. You don’t have to wait for spring to start decluttering and organizing your home. Beat boredom and get active cleaning your home. Sort your stuff so you can get rid of the things you no longer need. Put items you can give away in a box and look for a community homeless shelter where you can donate them.

Get some sunshine. Lack of exposure to sunlight can disrupt your sleep-wake cycle and affect your mood. Soak up some healthy sunshine by spending some time outdoors in the morning. Dress comfortably and go out for a long walk or a good run. Enjoying the right amount of sunlight exposure especially during winter can uplift your outlook.

Invite friends over for a movie or game night. Movie marathons and game nights are just some of the activities for the cold winter months that you can enjoy with family and friends. Organize a movie or game night. Get busy in the kitchen preparing healthy meals or snacks you can serve to your guests.

Read as many books as you can. The winter months are a great time to catch up on your reading list. If you don’t have a reading list yet, it’s time you make one and visit the library to check out the books you have always wanted to read. You can also join a book club or connect with your friends for a book reading challenge.

Get cooking. Preparing home cooked meals is also an excellent way to make good use of your time indoors. Hone your culinary skills by trying out healthy recipes that can help you manage your weight during the cold months.

Do something new. Arrange a weekend getaway to somewhere you have not been to before. Go skiing or book a room at a hot springs resort near you. You can also try some new restaurants or coffee shops with your friends.