Tuesday, October 14, 2008

October 2008 Martha | Prepare Your Car for Winter

If you didn't know that Halloween was Martha Stewart's favorite holiday after reading through October's issue, you would have come to realize it quickly. I'm more of a Thanksgiving and Christmas kind of girl myself, but whatever floats your boat! As could be expected, pages upon pages were dedicated to ghosts, jack-o-lanterns, black cats, and ghoulish business. Fair enough... November will most likely bring my favorite issue of the year.

Not caring too much for Halloween one way or the other, this month I took heed of one of Martha's "Gentle Reminders," on page 2 and prepared my car for winter. I cleaned the exterior and vacuumed, windexed, and wiped down the interior, something I've been meaning to do for about...oh...a year and a half. In the past I've sworn to myself that I wouldn't become one of those types who had to move extra stuff out of the front seat so that a passanger could fit in my car. C'est la vie mon ami.

All the junk that's been piling up in the trunk and back seat (which got there by making room for passangers) has now been thrown away or put in its proper place in the house. The no-freeze windshield-washer fluid is filled and ready to perform. My snow brush/ice scraper is in the car and ready for anything Old Man Winter blows my way. Ladies (and gentlemen), when it comes to ice scrapers, don't go cheap. I'm telling you, get the best you can afford because it will do wonders. I used to buy those $2 pieces of weak plastic masquerading as scrapers. Don't be fooled. They will break early-on or they will require ten times the amount of scraping. I recommend the Hopkins 52" Super Extender Snowbroom or something like it. It's seriously worth every dime.

I'm not ready for winter yet, but my car is. Thanks, Martha, for the "gentle reminder." You're too kind!

10 comments:

Melissa said...

Ooh, thank YOU for the gentle reminder! We just unloaded our trunk to make way for my work supplies that I'll be carting back and forth to clients' homes, but I still need to vacuum, polish, and winterize...oh, and get an oil change after this weekend's excursion out east. If you're ever wanting to pamper your car, check out the Hand Wash hole-in-the-wall on Pulaski & Milwaukee. Those guys will leave your car so clean you could eat off of it!

Marisa said...

I remember your car last winter, it wasn't that bad Sarah! Oh how I miss trekking out to RF with you... actually not really, but I do miss our lunches! Hope you are well.

Amy and Andrew said...

Now that we are full into fall and approaching winter, I don't feel AS silly having a giant shovel in my trunk! You never know when you could get stranded on a Chicago side street...

Amy said...

I'm too much of a slacker to think of any of those things until the forecast actually calls for a blizzard!

Linnea (Johnson) Bergstrom said...

I swore I would never be one of those people either. Well, I am. But, thankfully I just cleaned my car. This is a great reminder.

kraftykash said...

I dislike winter so much. I tell my kids its a naughty word. Good ideas for the car! Have a Good Day! Kashoan

Dana said...

Is there anything Martha doesn't know about. I mean seriously.

Wait. I would probably know all that too if I had a staff the size of hers working for me. :)

Jessica said...

Living up north makes me prep my car almost mid-august (alright, mid-September). I love how all my reminders for things like that are in MS!

Alli said...

Good idea. I may take Martha's advice myself.

Katie said...

lol! Love those gentle reminders!