Just like the leaves changing colors and frost on the pumpkins, another sure sign that winter is on the way happens this weekend. Daylight Saving Time is coming to an end.

Much of the Midwest reverts to Central Standard Time (CST),  at 2 AM on Sunday.

Depending on your point of view, it's good news or bad news.

The good news is you'll have an extra hour to stay up and party Saturday evening, or maybe you'll go to bed early and get some extra sleep. The bad news is it's going to start getting dark much, much earlier, (like 5 o'clock-ish) starting this Sunday evening (Nov. 7, 2021).

Helpful tips for turning your clocks back

You can make it easy on yourself and set all the clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday evening. Start with the clock in your living room, and move on to all bedrooms and bathrooms. Make sure you don't forget to re-set your microwave and/or stove clocks as well. Otherwise, if you forget to set your clocks back, you'll be an hour EARLY everywhere you go on Sunday (which is better than being late I guess).

You can always "kill an hour" by staring at your vehicle's radio trying to remember how to set the time on it! I do this twice a year until I finally break down and get the car's instructional manual out of the glove compartment.

Of course, this is all sort of a moot point, because the majority of people keep track of time on their cell phones, and they automatically switch the time over to CST. However, if you're "old school" like me, see how many days go by before you notice that you forgot to set the time on that one clock in your garage or in your spare bedroom. Doh!

Make sure to change the batteries in your smoke and C.O. detectors

By the way, Fire Prevention experts encourage people to use the end of daylight saving time to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. You want to keep your family safe, don't you?

Finally, if you want to be a daylight saving time "snob", go around correcting people when they say "daylight savings time". The grammatically correct usage is “daylight saving time with no "s" at the end. Then annoy them even more by explaining, "well, technically, the word “saving” is singular because it acts as part of an adjective rather than a verb"...blah, blah, blah. Just be careful they don't throw an alarm clock at your head!

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