Wednesday, September 30, 2009

first frost

The first frost came a week late this fall, but that's poor compensation for the crappy summer weather we had in Wisconsin. Ever in denial of the end of summer, I covered my vegetable garden last night while my neighbor man laughed at my feeble attempts to keep the fresh tomatoes coming to our table. I did, however, concede to wearing socks for the first time in months.

The manuscript is edited.
My lesson plan for Thursday is finished.
The pool is drained.
The pool toys are dry and deflated.
The towels are washed, folded and stacked.
The lawn chairs are collapsed and leaning against the wall.
The pantry and freezer are stocked with berries, tomatoes and beans.
Mr. G and I will clean out the garage this morning so there's room to store summer toys and equipment. We'll pick the last of the beans and tomatoes and chop off all the sunflower heads for drying.
Mr. B's sinuses will clear up after this frost.
We have a mountain of huge pine cones that I should make wreaths out of.
I'm cooking meals again, hot meals that make the house smell good, hot meals with hot side dishes and desserts because cooler weather means turning on the oven will be nice.
We still need straw, pumpkins and some bulbs.
While I attack my fall chore list the back of my throat feels like this:
itchy & scratchy

23 comments:

  1. When I lived up North, Fall would make me depressed, because Winter was right behind.

    This morning we sat in the living room with the sliding doors open, no A/C or ceiling fan and said "Ahhh, Fall"

    We had one abnormally warm Fall in MA in the 80's. We picked fresh tomatoes on Thanksgiving Day!

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  2. I love fall, but I hate saying goodbye to summer.

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  3. We still have 2 weeks or so until our first frost, but I'm already bringing in the last of everything. I have a plate full of green tomatoes ripening on a sunny kitchen counter.

    This morning I went out and cleaned out the garden, leaving only four tomato plants.

    This weekend, I'll plant my first daffodil bulbs in this yard.

    And it's almost time to plant garlic too.

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  4. Wow, it seems like you've had cold weather all summer and now you've already had your first frost. Yikes. I love the cold weather, but that's fast even for me! Sorry about the throat though - I hate change-of-season colds.

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  5. Dude, this list made me tired!

    I wore socks yesterday for the first time since May. I cried when I put them on. (Not really...well, maybe a little.)

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  6. I finally put socks on yesterday, too. DOTR had all the windows open and I was freezing.

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  7. I know how you feel. Yesterday it started out sunny, then started to pour, then got sunny then poured.

    The weather couldn't make up its mind - or maybe it was just a warning to get READY for what's coming next :(

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  8. We were hit with old man frost this am also.
    We tried the furnace last night but nothing so we carried in a load of wood for the fireplace. It was nice to relax in front of the fire but I really don't want to do it too often this early if you get what I mean.
    Today is window day. I made my own window cleaner and absolutely love it ~ smells awesome. I'll post about it once I'm done but it's a long 'to do' list around here also.
    Plans to visit the pumkin patch for all my decorating needs this afternoon. The kids have no idea that's on the schedule after school today. They are going to be giddy! ;)
    Have a great rest of the week & keep warm!

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  9. My God woman, you make me feel like an underachiever! You are so organized! I can but be inspired and aspire!

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  10. Whew. That's a list. We got down to 39 last night, but first frost is probably 2 weeks away. My eggplants are still setting fruit (can you believe it?) I don't think they're going to make it. The bumblebees keep falling asleep from the cold.

    Me too.

    :D - Julia

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  11. We just harvested a ton of eggplants and tomatoes, and I made a huge batch of eggplant parmesan, half for dinner tonight the other half for freezing. My basil plants are withering, and I'm wondering if there's time left for one more batch of pesto?

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  12. Frost already?
    We still have warm (okay hot) weather, but I HAVE already had the itchy and scratchy throat...once the kids are back in school there's no avoiding that one.

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  13. It feels good to get things done. I like tidying up after summer and getting ready for winter. I guess. But I don't like raking leaves. Never ever ever.

    =)

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  14. Okay after #3 on your list I started to realize how much we have to do!! LOl xoxo

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  15. We haven't had a frost yet...but I did turn on the furnace for a bit yesterday to take the chill out of the house.....I'm sad summer is gone....but I love these beautiful weeks of fall!

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  16. We haven't had a frost yet...but I did turn on the furnace for a bit yesterday to take the chill out of the house.....I'm sad summer is gone....but I love these beautiful weeks of fall!

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  17. We haven't had a frost yet...but I did turn on the furnace for a bit yesterday to take the chill out of the house.....I'm sad summer is gone....but I love these beautiful weeks of fall!

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  18. Hope Itchy & Scratchy run away fast.

    That's quite a list! The tomatoes, berries and beans sound delicious, and what a treat for the winter.

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  19. My, my but you are organized!

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  20. At least the frost will kill the mosquitoes. That's how I'm keeping this from bumming me out.

    I actually love fall, but I'm less than fond of winter. So, of course, I've chosen to live in Minnesota.

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  21. What a list!

    I was having Fall envy, but I'm good now. Thanks!

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  22. Wow, I think I just found Mr. M's new mentor because you probably got that all done in a day or two. I keep saying it CAN be done.

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