Country Diary Daybook: First Frost, First Day of Fall
I began this post on Monday, so I guess this is now a Days Book, isn't it?
FOR TODAY... Monday, September 20
Outside My Window... Crisp, sunny blue autumn sky, 42 degrees at 9 AM. The maples are starting to really come into their color, with big patches of crimson, scarlet, and orange among the green. We had our first frost yesterday morning. I was awake at 4 AM and watched the temps dip: 37 to 36 to 35. When the sun rose, the field across the street glittered yellow-under-white with a light frost. (Wednesday morning: waking up to a light rain.)
In bloom: Goldenrod, New England aster, frost aster. I like the pale lavender of the frost aster more than the bright purple of the New England asters, which remind me of a Crayola color. The field is yellow and purple and while beautiful, sometimes reminds me of a high school football team.
(I had the camera on landscape setting, and I really don't think it does justice to the purple. Also, sorry about the smudge.)
In the garden: We picked ahead of the frost on Saturday: a few pounds of beans; whatever remaining tomatoes that hadn't gotten hit by blight or picked over by the bantams; some okra; a pound or so of peppers. Now we switch to fall crops: leeks, kale, cabbage, brussel sprouts.
(Cilantro I need to freeze)
In the barnyard: We're trying to find a processor to "do" our meat chickens. But the processor we've heard about doesn't answer the phone.
I am thinking... that I wish this cold would go away so we could enjoy the weather!
I am thankful for... antibiotics. Chipmunk is feeling much better now. He's slept through the night for the past 2 nights.
From the learning rooms... Fossils, most likely. The little boys have already been outside this morning, pounding on rocks with hammers. They went out in the pajamas and bare feet, because they're still expecting it to be summer. It didn't take long for them to realize it had gotten cold.
From the kitchen... Last night I made these toffee bars that Jen recommended. YUM. They're awesome. And easy. I also made pesto with a bunch of basil we picked ahead of the frost. I'd never had pesto before. It was yummy, too. But very green. The boys tried it -- and liked it -- reluctantly. After they made all sorts of unflattering comparisons as to what they thought it looked liked. Boys.
Monday: Ratatouille to use up eggplant, peppers, zuchini, tomatoes.
Tuesday: Roast chicken? (Nope, salmon patties)
Just discovered yesterday that Weds, Fri, and Sat. are Ember Days. Not sure what we'll be eating, really...
I am wearing... Pajamas again. (I know, it's 9 AM, but we're still getting over this cold.)
I am creating... Well, I wrote down some notes for a story, but I'm not sure about getting from A (writing down notes) to B (actually writing the story). In typical Angela fashion, a page of notes will probably turn into a novel anyway. I also managed to draw in my sketchbook a little over the weekend -- trying to figure out shading and shadows. Not doing so well either, but taking a deep breath and reminding myself that it will probably take me longer to figure out if I'm only working 5 minutes a day. (Still, 5 minutes a day would be a great victory!)
I am going... to really work on laundry this week. With all the sickness of last week, we are behind. I think I am also going to sit down with myself and get a better handle on my time.
I am reading... Crow Planet, by Linda Lynn Haupt. I'm not enjoying this as much as I had hoped. I like it when she writes about crows, but... there's something about the rest that is not grabbing me, and I'm not sure why. (Just finished it and am still not sure what didn't grab me about the book. Can't put my finger on it. Now I'm on to Fruitless Fall by Rowan Jacobsen.)
Also, thanks to Amy, I have subscribed to a bunch of people's shared items via google reader and thereby discovered many new blogs. :-)
I am hoping... this stupid cold will end soon.
I am hearing... Well, it's afternoon now and what I'm hearing is John Deere Action on TV, the sound of the dryer, Katydid coughing, Chipmunk playing with cars, and the occasional snore from Farmerboy who fell asleep on the floor. Everyone's still recovering. (And on Wednesday morning, everyone is sleeping late and it's quiet except for the tapping of my keys. I guess all the dirt everyone covered themselves in yesterday helped them sleep?)
Around the house... What doesn't need to be done? I have to get a handle on the laundry first. (Working on this, bit by bit.)
One of my favorite things... reading picture books that unexpectedly contain one of my boys' unconventional nicknames and watching their eyes light up. (The book is Rattletrap Car and the name is "Jakie", without giving anything away ;-)
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week... Well, seeing as how it's now the "rest of the week"... I'm still trying to get a better handle on my own time, but improving... we have a doctor's appointment to get to, the library, and Katydid and Gareth are both going to volunteer along with Andy at his company's annual 5K for charity this weekend. This will also be the fourth of the past 5 weeks that Andy will be out of town. Next week will make it 5 of 6. Still just trying to keep my head above water.