In protecting our homes and property, we initiate a variety of seasonal routines. Tasks may include checking the air-conditioning units in the spring. Having the specialists tune-up the furnaces prevents problems during supercold days. One of the traditions when we were kids was the autumn chore known as “changing out the screens.” Sixteen windows on a three-story house held screens that kept the summer breezes in and the bugs out. In early October the screens came out and from the outside, “storm windows” were hooked-in. The reference of “storm windows” may have been a misnomer because only occasionally would a true fall or winter storm batter those windows. Looking back, maybe they should have been called “keep-the-cold-out” windows.

Fastcast: Perfect.

Sunny, with a high near 77 degrees. Calm wind becoming northeasterly between 5 and 10 mph. Tonight, clear, with a low about 50 degrees. Northerly wind around 5 mph.