- (US, idiomatic) a collection of requests, usually by a spouse for a partner to perform a series of tasks, assignments, or jobs dealing with the maintenance of a household.
Just before the holiday season began, my fiancé and I flew off to Vegas and got married by Elvis, then off for our honeymoon. We were standing next to the big “Cayman Island Elvis” billboard getting our picture taken in front of our favorite beachside watering hole when it hit us…We are hosting Thanksgiving! When we got home, our first order of business (once the Jetlag wore off, of course) was to make lists of needed home upkeep. Below, you will find my first “Honey-do list,” created with the help of my lovely new bride, Marcy.
- Frozen hose bib: disconnect and put away all your garden hoses. If you don’t have “frost free” hose bibs, install one of those inexpensive hose bib insulated covers. If you leave your hose connected it can (and WILL) freeze. This could create an emergency broken water pipe. I know firsthand, I forgot to disconnect one last year.
- Clean the gutters: I always like to do this chore just before we get going on the Christmas decorations. Since I’m already up geared up to work outside on the ladder, it saves time and a potential fall. For safety, work with someone who can help hold and move the ladder. First, wear some good gloves and buy one of those inexpensive plastic “gutter cleaner outers” at your favorite hardware store. They work great, and keep your hands out of the gutter- Saving them from getting cold and wet. If you just scoop it out right and throw it on the ground like I see most folks do, you just double your work as you then have to pick all up for the second time! I like to hit my easy button. Use a bucket on a rope system along with your new gutter cleaning tool, to make the cleaning process a snap. With your helper on the ground you can fill up the bucket about half way and then lower it down so it can then be emptied right it into your yard waste bin or garbage sack.
- Christmas lights: So many of us put up our Christmas lights as I will be doing this weekend. I have few recommendations for this: First and foremost, be careful and get help! You should never get up on your roof or tall ladder by yourself, old murphy always lurks around this time of year with slippery roofs, sidewalks and driveways. Second, secure both top and bottom of ladders. If you can install the lights without getting on the roof by using a ladder, it will be safer. Lastly, Make sure you plug your lights into a GFCI protected outlet that will help prevent any potential electrical/fire issues. It is really important to follow the manufacturer recommendations on how many lights can be strung together as well. Basically you can’t have 1000 lights plugged into one outlet, the Christmas light wires over heat and cause a fire. I use an outside rated Christmas light splitter and timer—it works great and gives me protection, peace of mind, and best of all with the timer, I don’t have to remember to turn the light off when we go to bed.
Now with that said, if you are a more seasoned veteran of the “Honey-Do” list like my 76 year old father, sometimes it is just best to hit that “easy button” and call your son, or simply hire a professional to help you with the list. There comes a time when it’s simply not safe for folks to be up on ladders cleaning gutters and putting on Christmas lights….