It’s OK to Fall For It

It’s OK to Fall For It

Posted December 13, 2020

We know the slogan (some would say a cliché) that “fall is in the air.” Indeed, it becomes a predictable refrain every autumn, as temperatures cool, and leaves begin to cover lawns. This particular fall (yes, I realized that it actually started back on Sept. 22), I can’t help thinking about this changing season and how boisterous and pleasant it has become.  

To start with the latter, so far, it’s been unseasonably warm in the greater Philadelphia area where I live. We just finished five days in the 70s. I can hear the seemingly endless drone of leave blowers every day.

We also finished an election campaign that seemed endless and are waiting for the hoped for finality to all the politicking. Change is in the air, and I assure you that this blog will not discuss the recent election.

Two weeks ago, on Halloween, we had a time change. I hope you’ve replaced the batteries in your smoke detectors. I’ve heard there’s a move afoot to do away with daylight savings time.

And finally, I’ve been thinking of the DIYers, which has taken off like crazy during the coronavirus epidemic, according to numerous news reports. It seems like most of us need a distraction from the (mostly) stay-at-home inactivity that the coronavirus foisted on us and tackling home improvements is a solution for many.

A handyman (is it handyperson now?) told me that there’s a shortage of building materials in the wake of this newly found home beautifying addiction.

This November got me to thinking about the DIYers as well as those who are calling upon contractors for home remodeling. Almost all of them share a common desire, a comfortable home, whether you’re red or blue. We all want safe houses and a healthy environment. I place all of this in a temperate term called commonality.

During this upswing in activity and weather change, I suspect that many will be adjusting their thermostats. If it’s one of those old, mercury-containing ones, and you want to replace it, you know who to call (or contact).  TRC. If you’re doing the work yourself, just type in your ZIP code on the “Find A Collection Site Near You” (it’s on the upper right corner of our landing page), and it’ll direct you to the nearest wholesaler or community recycling center. If a contractor is doing the work, remind them of the need (and in some states, the mandate) to follow recycling protocols.

I recently heard someone say we sometimes focus on our differences rather than the blessings we already have. I believe the latter approach is a good reminder for this fall season and those to come.

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