Two days ago I was hanging out the girls' sheets in the sunshine and breeze.
Today I am holed up watching the snow blow outside. Two to five inches of accumulation is expected by morning. Brrr! The good news is that today is the first day we've had to use our pellet stove. The bad news is that the five or so sheets and a blanket weren't much help in the garden last night, and certainly won't do for tonight, so I've picked the tomato vines as clean as I can.
Because if 150 pounds of russets weren't enough to keep me busy, a few more bushels of tomatoes should certainly do the job. Now to find some good recipes for "green tomato ____".
This usually doesn't happen until later in the month. We'll typically get a skiff of snow once in October, but then not again for awhile. It doesn't usually stick around.
Organique is enthralled with the bright beautiful flame in the pellet stove (I shouldn't have windexed the glass, I see), and while personal experience would be a quick teacher, I've opted to blockade it instead. She's had stern warnings, and I've let her get near enough to (hopefully) learn what is 'hot' without blisters to prove it. Now to keep her away long enough for the glass to soot up again...
I don't usually wash my sheets until Monday, but I might be forced to exchange my beloved 550-thread sheets for their bright red winter counterparts tonight. It's feeling like flannel time.
The girls are playing Christmas music and turning the pellet stove blockade (playpen, ottoman) into a cozy reading nook. I don't have enough baby gates to protect the potatoes and tomatoes from the baby, nor to protect her from the hot peppers. I need to rig up a place for them to hang dry, if I'm able. The turkey bones from last weekend are simmering on the stove in my darling new stockpot, and I might go dig carrots before they're buried in the snow. The guineas aren't sure what to do with this weather, and their pen doesn't have a lot in the way of shelter. The free-ranging hens are tucked under the porch, and the younger flock are in an open-sided shed, but protected from the wind.
We were planning some family errands tomorrow, a fabric sale and parts to make a diaper sprayer, but depending on the road conditions, we might not make it after all.
Not to worry; I'm sure I can keep occupied here at home! I hope you are all having a lovely day, wherever you are, and whatever the weather. :)