Thursday, September 24, 2009

Welcome Autumn

"But now in September the garden has cooled, and with it my possessiveness. The sun warms my back instead of beating on my head ... The harvest has dwindled, and I have grown apart from the intense midsummer relationship that brought it on."- Robert Finch

As the days have passed the sun is coming through the windows at a different angle, the air has cooled and the sleeves are getting longer. It was 43 Saturday morning...#1 daughter mumbled something about fire and woodstove but I didn't quite catch that. I have to see how long we can go without it. This morning the weather man said we should expect our first snow in approximately a month. Wouldn't it be nice if we didn't have to use heat until then? Just because the woodpile is growing on a daily bases doesn't mean we need to burn it all before the real cold gets here.
The canning is still continuing but at a slower pace. I still have to do apple cider and sauerkraut. This year I swallowed my fear and used the pressure pot a lot more. I also tried several new canning recipes, including this carrot cake jam. Yummy! It is definitely a keeper recipe.
The house sadly neglected during canning season and summer now calls for drastic attention! And so I have begun fall cleaning. I will be the first to admit, I am not a disciplined person. I will get cleaning in one area, find something that has to go to another area and start cleaning a space there. Needless to say it causes even more of a mess. So much for the simple life.
Sunday the menfolk returned from the annual salmon fishing. I had made reservations for next month too just in case this trip was unsuccessful. It was Sir T's first salmon fishing trip and I think he enjoyed himself. He got to yell "Fish On" but sadly did not land it. They did come home with one but they didn't catch it, it was the gift of a fellow (luckier) fisherman.
I have been knitting. I started a Christmas project - once, twice, three times.First my mind couldn't get it, then I screwed up which needles the stiches were to be on by trying to correct another mistake and then I did a k1 p1 ribbing instead of a p1 k1 ribbing. I think I finally have it right...we shall see. I put it aside for now to concentrate on things for a small craft show I am going to. And speaking of shows, I went to Endless Mt Fiber Fest. I did come home with some more yarn...I foresee socks in the future! I didn't buy any roving as I have so much and hadn't been spinning. Of course once home, I ended up sititing in front of the wheel and not stopping until I had spun 8 oz. Oh well, shearing starts this weekend.

Even though things are winding down there is so much that still has to be done before the snow falls, including getting more hay hauled here for the winter. We are sinking back into the school routine and even #2 son gets up without much of a fuss. Soon football will be over and we will all be in the house by 6 pm huddled around the woodstove. Am I pushing it too quickly? Well here is an eye opener-there is only 91 days until Christmas!!!! HAHAHAHAHA


Deb said...

I confess, I used the wood stove on the main floor last week (Just had to try it out). I didn't use the two fireplaces yet though. I'm getting ready for winter too. I'm sewing insulated curtains for the game room. (7 panels done 15 to go!!!) Already with the ones that are up, I feel a big difference. I have been taking a day off a week to do stuff around the house (it's harder than going to work, I swear!)I even managed to ride solo while R. was working, have to do that more often, winter's coming! Next month??Too soon.

cyndy said...

Wow! You even did some housekeeping around the blog! Love the new look!

Glad things are going well, and that Salmon! Yipes! That is a keeper...

Tam said...

I second what Cyndy the new look of the blog!
That salmon is huge!
(blush blush) we lit the wood stove twice already.
Hope your knitting starts to cooperate....see you soon.

Anonymous said...

Even if the "men folk" missed their big catch, I'm glad they had the fun of going and at least hooking one. I'm sure it is a trip that will be remembered for a long time to come.

Love the new look of the blog.