Winter Pool Covers, Fire Pits and Other Cold Weather Essentials by Daniel Brickmeyer

Now that summer has come and gone, we can start enjoying the greatest time of the year: fall and winter. While preparing for the colder months can be a bit of a production, I don’t mind at all. My wife has always been more of a summer girl, and I have always been fonder of the colder months.

I was born and raised in St. Louis, so I definitely know about hot summers and cold winters. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the summer; I just can’t get enough of the fall and winter. The holidays, the smells and the crisp air are simply wonderful.
Since my wife loves the summer, our house transforms into a bit of a beach house during the warmer months. We have a pool, a huge deck complete with tiki torches, patio furniture and volleyball net. She loves to go all out, and I have no objection because when the fall rolls around, that’s my time to shine.

To prepare for the fall, I always use winter pool covers to keep our pool in the best shape possible. The last thing I want is damage to be done to the pool, that thing is expensive enough as it is. I also set up a fire pit and always have apple cider and chili on hand. It’s almost as if I’m hibernating for a few months, and I love it.

The hardest part about welcoming the chilly weather is installing the winter pool covers. They aren’t that difficult to work with, but they can be a bit pesky. It’s definitely a two person job to make sure you have a good seal. Once that is out of the way, I can get on to the fun stuff like setting up that fire pit. S’mores anyone?

I always like to have a beginning of fall party to kick off the season. All of our family and friends come over, and we make spiked apple cider for the adults and hot chocolate for the kiddos. I also prepare a huge batch of my 5-alarm chili. It’s a great time around the fire pit; sometimes we even tell ghost stories.

Now that fall is well underway and our winter pool covers are correctly assembled, we can start enjoying the season. I’m not sure what to do first: play a game of touch football, spend the day watching the game, post up by the fire pit or start jumping in leaf piles. I’m welcoming the weather with open arms this year, and every year!

About the Author:

Daniel Brickmeyer is a huge fan of cold weather. He and his wife installed winter pool covers over their pool as a way of saying goodbye to summer and hello to fall.

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