Thursday, October 1, 2009


Or maybe the title of this post should be "Mumblings." I don't seem to be operating on all four cylinders these past few days. Don't know if it's the radical change in weather that has finally arrived or the after effects of Monday's wind storm or just generally too much to do that has thrown me off. I've been feeling really tired and could probably blame it on a couple of little physical things or a couple of little emotional things. Take your pick.

Daughter and son-in-law had an impromptu dinner with us last night which was really nice. Sat for a short time afterwards, talked and got caught up with each other. It was early when they headed home so I managed to get into bed at a decent time. Tried to read but kept falling asleep. ("Clunk." Sound of book hitting me in the face.) Fine, I said, I'll zonk out, get a good night's sleep and get up at five to steal some time in my quilt studio. I slept so soundly that I didn't even hear the 6 o'clock alarm Roy had set. Even though the sandman was trying valiantly to keep me from escaping, I dragged myself out around 6:20 when I heard Roy making coffee. Bright-eyed, busy-tailed and ready to go I was. Not.

As of this morning, there were still 150-200 residences without power from the wind storm this past Monday. The biggest hang-up in restoring service is the fact that so many electrical poles snapped.

Roy's been spending his week cutting all the trees that blew down in the storm, piling the brush on our flat-bed trailer and hauling it to the open field where we can eventually burn it.

All that is left in my garden are onions and potatoes in the ground and cherry tomatoes and sweet peppers under cold frames.

Some of the peppers have turned red, some are halfway there, and some are stubbornly refusing to let go of their green color. I want to use them to make a winter's worth of Stuffed Peppers for the freezer, but I don't know how much longer I should hold out waiting for them all to turn color. We both much prefer the flavor of the peppers when they're red.

The tops of the onions haven't dried off as much as I'd like to see. Monday's winds knocked everything flat and now with the cool weather, I don't know what more progress we'll see with them.

The end of the garden . . . where did this summer go?

I am loving this "it's truly fall" feeling weather. Tuesday night was our first killing frost. All week we've had a small fire in the wood stove each morning and then another one at night before bed. Cozy, cozy, cozy. It will be good to get to bed early again tonight. If I can wait that long. (Ya-a-a-w-w-n.)


  1. wow, onions in the summer! I will be putting mine in soon, about Nov 1st. You need to take care of yourself, perhaps your body is fighting off something? I have been wrestling with an 'off' sleep schedule, but combined with the hot flashes I think mine is something else, lol! Sounds like you may have the makings of a nice Halloween bonfire with all that debris! I so wish we had a woodstove to bring that northwoods feel here. Speaking of which, I got my annual Gunflint Lodge brochure for the winter getaways... hmmm, maybe this year I will leave my kids with my parents at Christmas and hubby and I can steal away to have a cozy winter weekend of our own! Hope you are feeling better tomorrow...

  2. A Halloween bonfire may be it! At dinner tonight we were just talking about all the tree branches he's had to haul to burn piles and he said we're going to have a couple of really big bonfires this fall and I should get the hot dogs and marshmallows ready!

    I truly am heading to bed early tonight. Temp outside is dropping rapidly already so it will be a good night to snuggle in.

  3. I always feel more lethargic this time of year too. Maybe it's the fact that there's not quite so much to do outside or it just feels better to sit in front of the fire to knit or nap! You gotta take care of yourself Mama Pea, if your body wants to sleep late to recharge, I think you just gotta do it (maybe one day a week at least!)

  4. Hi, Ruthie - I had that dang cold about three weeks ago and I think there's still something left in my head from that. I don't think my hearing is what it should be and my whole head just has a vague stuffy feeling. If I still have a bit of an infection or junk floating around in there (you know, in all the empty space), that could be wearing on my whole system and that's why I've been feeling tired.

    'Scuse me while I go to bed now.