Well, the weekend is here and it is time to shift from work mode to play-and-relax mode - or maybe complete a few chores around the house and yard. While certainly spring is not here yet, if you get a chance to get out in your yard, take a look around to make sure that the storms of early winter have not caused any damage to your home. If you see any shingles lying on the lawn, maybe take a look at your roof and see if any have been blown loose-I found that 9 had blown off the ridge of my roof!

Also look to see if there isn any damage to other parts of your home, especially where wind could drive in the rain and cause problems.

Most of the leaves are off of the trees, so now is the time to make sure that your gutters are clear and to finally remove that wet, partially decomposed leaf pile from your entry way or sidewalk. These really are very slippery.

I guess even play time can turn into work time - my apologies. But if walking on the roof or cleaning your gutters isn't your thing, there are many reputable companies that are more than willing to do this for you.

And just think, if you get all this down this weekend, next weekend will be wide open to cheer your team to victory in the Super Bowl!