November is here, the leaves are falling and winter is just around the corner. Make the most of the last month of autumn -- and the peace before holiday-season craziness -- with this list of 10 things to do in November.
1 Check your gutters
Clean your gutters regularly during the fall to make sure they're not blocked with fallen leaves and other debris. Also check that they're solidly attached to the house and draining properly.
2 Try some new cheeses
A creative and delicious cheese plate anchors any selection of appetizers. Take the time now to visit your cheese store and test-taste the offerings so you can wow your guests when the party season arrives.
3 Get out your knitting basket
Nothing's cosier than a hand-knitted gift, whether it be a simple scarf mittens or an item for the home. Get started on small handmade gifts for your loved ones now -- you'll have time to make something special for yourself, too. New to knitting? Pick up a beginners' book such as Knitting Pretty by Kris Percival, or sign up for a knitting class at your local yarn store (LYS, in knitters' lingo).
4 Stock up on wine
Whether it's for serving to your guests or bringing to parties, you're sure to go through lots of wine this holiday season. Make a serious trip to the liquor store now and you won't have to go again until the New Year.
5 Add flowers to your decor
Forced bulbs are a wonderful way to brighten up a colourless winter vista -- not only do they look beautiful on the windowsill, but the lower temperatures near the glass will help them stay in bloom longer. To make things easier, you can buy pretreated bulbs that don't require special treatment -- just pot them up, water and wait for them to grow.