Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Autumn's Making An Appearance

Did some ironing this morning and baked a pie shell. Then I made my list, put on some clean clothes and left the homestead to do some errands. Hit the post office, bank, credit union, library and went to "the farm" to get fresh milk products.

The trees are just starting to turn color and I think it's true what they say about the colors being even more vivid on a hazy, half-foggy day.

It shouldn't be possible to have sunshine on a hazy, half-foggy day, now should it? But here you are. Perhaps summer is trying its best to hang on while autumn knows its turn has come.

When I was in the library checking out my books, one of our community's esteemed older citizens came in with his cute little wife. He stopped at the check-out desk, leaned on it heavily and said to the young librarian, "Well, I had a really bad day yesterday."

Being concerned, she asked, "Why? What happened?"

Older gentlemen replied, "It was awful. Neither the liquor store nor the library was open." His wife gave him a playful swat as she walked by and went about her business.

I had to grin at his cheerful (if a bit whacky) sense of humor. This man, who retired from a very successful medical career, was a marathon runner well into his seventies! He has a brain tumor. Which has changed his life dramatically. But you never hear of him being anything less than cheerful. A lesson to be learned here. Not only does his outlook on life undoubtedly help his own situation, but that of everyone else who comes in contact with him. If he can maintain the great attitude he does, there's sure not much excuse for the rest of us being anything but intentionally grateful and optimistic each and every day.

Back home with my purchase of wonderful, fresh-from-the-cow-this-morning, raw milk I started a batch of cottage cheese, and used some whipping cream to make one last Freshy's Blueberry Pie. I seriously doubt if we'll be able to scrounge three more cups of blueberries from our patch after these last ones gathered.

So far, a really good day. Now, if I can finish my ironing, I'm heading for my quilt studio!


Erin said...

pie shells....can't wait! Our apple season has a ways to go yet, but aren't you guys getting very close to it right now? That is my absolute favorite! Apple Pie, Apple Crisp, Cider, may even try our hand at making hard cider from fresh apples this year since we are into the brewing thing now, lol! Not much on blueberry pie...but don't get me started on APPLE!

Mama Pea said...

Hi, Erin - Nope, we've got about another month to go before apples around here are ready. We're not going to get anything off our trees this year . . . we always have trouble getting ours ripe (what's WRONG with our trees?!) before frost hits them but this year they are even behind usual because of the late, cold, wet spring.

You two should really be able to make some goood hard apple cider with your brewing skills! Go for it!

Sue said...

I love those folks with the great attitudes! Really, how hard IS it to be pleasant.....but some folks just can't manage more than a scowl.
Love the fall foliage. Hoping to run into some of it soon....

RuthieJ said...

I've got Fireside apple trees--the apples are only partially red on the sunny side of the tree, but they're really sweet and good. I picked a few yesterday and will make a pie this afternoon. I also finally had enough ripe mulberries to pick and make up the 3 lbs I needed for a batch of jelly. This is the first time I've tried mulberry and it turned out pretty tasty! Summer's holding on here in the southeast corner of MN!

Mama Pea said...

Sue - Grouchy people just don't realize that what they send out to the world comes right back to them!

Looking forward to seeing some of the pictures of your journey.

Mama Pea said...

Hi, Ruthie - Gosh, I don't know diddly about mulberries. For some reason I think they are dark and bumpy like blackberries? What is their flavor like?