Wrapping up the Fall Harvest

Looking for the Great Pumpkin... Spending time at the local pumpkin patch enjoying the craft fair, bouncy houses, maze, and fun.

Looking for the Great Pumpkin… Spending time at the local pumpkin patch enjoying the craft fair, bouncy houses, maze, and fun.

These past few weeks we have wrapped up the fall harvest. We salvaged what we could from the garden and took the hoop houses down.  Our back room has the tomatoes strewn about, so they can ripen.  Our garden did not produce much this year.  We planted late, the heat wave shocked the plants, and smoke from the wildfires blocked much of the sun needed to ripen the vegetables the last month. Krista has spent the last few weeks canning what our garden did produce, and thankfully the cupboards  are full with the canned goods of the harvest.

Today, we finished cutting up our lamb into chops, racks, burger, and roasts.  It is now all safely stowed in the freezer.  Last week, I slaughtered my lamb and helped our friends slaughter theirs.  They were kind enough to raise the lamb for us since our property is not yet ready for livestock, except for the chickens we have.  A few more projects are needed first, such as a barn/garage/shop, which we could call a garnop or a sharnage.  I’ll keep working on the name.

Breakfast is served... Our first breakfast this season on the Kitchen Queen wood cook stove. Crisp bacon, eggs, and moist biscuits add a little cheese and mustard and a perfect little breakfast sandwich is quickly devoured.

Breakfast is served… Our first breakfast this season on the Kitchen Queen wood cook stove. Crisp bacon, eggs, and moist biscuits just add a little Tillamook cheddar cheese and some mustard. A perfect little breakfast sandwich is quickly devoured.

The weather is beginning to turn as the colder temps are more dominant during the day and nights.  Frost is starting to form overnight and into the early mornings. A morning fire in the wood stove is becoming more common with another fire in the evening.  Tea and coffee can be left on the wood stove, our most economical warm plate.  The clouds have socked in around us bringing the necessary rain, and the forestry service has finally lowered the fire risk warning to “moderate” just this weekend.

The generator was started for the first time today to charge the batteries, which over the past few cloudy days have been drained to thirty-four percent capacity.  The generator was prepared back in July for this moment and started up on the third pull.   The last time we used the generator to charge the house batteries was 271 days ago, last February 2nd.

The snow plow has been fixed and is placed by the house; plow facing out like a sentinel waiting for the first substantial snowfall of the year.  We are warm and toasty this Hollow’s Eve, happy for the time change tomorrow and an extra hour of rest.  Grades are due tomorrow evening as well, so it is another working weekend, and I can’t wait for the Thanksgiving Holiday to actually a take a break from the race of life we are all running, even if it is for a few days.  I am ready for the change; I think we all are and what we have prepared for this summer is now almost upon us, winter.  The cold wind blows the rain sideways, yet we find our warmth inside while enjoying each others company.

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