It is nearly the middle of October, yet the cool, fall temperatures remain elusive here in the Heartland. At this point, I desire little more than to be drowning in a warm, oversized sweater with a hot cup of coffee in one hand and a cozy book in the other.
“Autumn, you are late to your own party. The trees are already colored for you…”
I adore the season of change. I love the winding down of the year. I welcome the vibrant colors. Now, if it could just be colder…
This time of year also awakens in me a sense of renewal, inviting me to purge my house, my closet… my life! Almost like spring cleaning. But not. Knowing full well that I will likely be spending a lot more time in my house with winter coming on, it seems a good time to get things in order.
So I’ve started by changing batteries. LOTS of batteries. Funny how you can give a something new life just by changing the batteries. (Yes, even for Dead-Batty-Dora!) After lying unnoticed in a dark corner for months, suddenly, Baby Alive is beloved again. A flashlight stands ready to serve. An old clock is again useful.
Generally, I use rechargable batteries. Especially AAs, because those seem to be most popular these days. Often times, though, we still have the other kind laying around and I have decided to get the most out of every single one.
A “dead” battery may not have enough juice to power a camera or get Elmo to giggling, but its probably not truly dead. I toss spent batteries into an old shoe box marked “Clock Batteries.” Clocks require very little power to run and will run for a long time on a supposedly dead battery I have pulled out of an old toy. Batteries cost good money so make ’em count ’til the last drop!
So while I anticipate the true arrival of fall, I pour another cup, fall wardrobe at the ready, and I smile…
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