Saturday, October 29, 2011

An Unplanned Day

Despite the fact that we are creeping very close to the first of November, we have been having some wonderful end-of-autumn days here in NE Minnesota.

We've been blessed again this year with a long fall. I think we're gonna have to be careful that we aren't lulled into thinking winter is going to be a snap without involving any ice, sleet, snow or other stuff that makes for hazardous driving and/or using muscles that have been resting since frozen hands last gripped snow shovels, roof rakes and the controls of a vehicle with a large snowplow hooked on the front of it.

I had plans for this glorious day. It was to start with cookie baking and then trying to finish up the last of the outside yard/garden work.

Didn't happen. At 10:05 this morning after an hour of rushing around gathering needed materials and our wits, we were out the door on an errand that kept us away from home until 7:15 tonight. No problem. It's good to remember how to roll with the punches and be jarred out of our routine every now and then.

My tired body is now wrapped in a long flannel nightgown and quilted robe and I'm sure it won't be long before the Sandman sends me off into dreamland.

I'll close with this calming picture I took early one morning a day or so ago. I walked down the driveway to see if I could get a picture of the frost coating everything including each blade of grass in our small hay field. I didn't succeed in doing that, but as I passed by the pond, the ducks and geese made a beeline over to me because, after all, a two-legged creature means food, right?

"Grain? You have grain for us?" I could almost hear them saying as they swam to my side of the pond.

We've currently got about 20 wild Mallards staying on our Bed and Breakfast Pond in preparation for their flight south. Our grumpity Mother and Father Goose tolerate them well in the water but when the Mallards come up into the poultry yard looking for food, the geese tell them in no uncertain terms that they are encroaching on their territory. Inhospitable big buggers.

I'm off to crawl between the flannel sheets now and will hope for another beautiful day tomorrow so I can spend most of it outside doing what needs to be done. Hope you have a great day, too.


fullfreezer said...

Oh dear. Unexpected errands that involve wits and materials are generally never good.
Hope all is well and that you get your lovely day tomorrow.

Sparkless said...

The sun has been out here too but the nights are frosty now. There has been snow in the mountains too.
Being all tucked up in flannel pj's sounds wonderful.

Sue said...

We've had nothing but rain for the past week. I go out in between bouts of it and spread bark mulch in between the rows of blueberries or spread manure on some of the beds. Not going as well as planned, but life loves curveballs, doesn't it (think SKUNK!)
Glad you've enjoyed an extra long fall. Me? I'm ready for the snow.

Gail said...

Wonderful water shot...

Jane said...

We found your snow, and would like to give it back. Please pick it up at your earliest convenience.

Thank you,

Place Where Winter Came To Soon :)

Peggy said...

Seems something always interferes with my baking plans... don't ya just hate that. :) Love the pond photo. Everything looks so peaceful. Here's hoping your day is what you want it to be!

Dmarie said...

flannel gowns and flannel sheets...oh, how could Fall desert us so soon!!

Mama Pea said...

Judy - Never fear, all is well and we're back to our routine (what's that??) this morning.

Sparkless - I had a good night's sleep and am rarin' to go this morning. (Soon as I finish my latte, that is.)

Sue - I'd be ready for the snow, too, if I didn't feel so behind on some outside chores. But what's new? I love the changing seasons but, for some reason, never seem quite READY for them!

Gail - Thank you very much! I guess you don't have to have good sunlight to get a nice shot, eh?

Jane - So how come you got the snow before we did? Is this going to be another winter where all the snow goes south of us??

Peggy - I had planned on having the cookies done by now but hubby stayed up late last night so I (who can sleep 10 hours a night!) was late rousting myself out of the sack this morning.

Bless you for giving Hillary a forever home on your wonderful homestead. She looks soooo happy!

Mama Pea said...

Dmarie - All good things must come to an end. (Gads, how not upbeat!)

Erin said...

It's cold here today and I can't wait until this evening to cozy up with my down throw!

Mama Pea said...

Erin - I think that down throw needs to be accompanied by a big glass of wine tonight. You have waited a LONG time for your weather to get comfortable!

Karen L. said...

Cookies? Did I hear you say you were baking cookies? Oh darn, something came up and you didn't bake. Oh well, let me know when you do. PS: I have the recipe for the pie pulled out but haven't gotten the chance to type it all in to send to you. Will do so as soon as I can. Did I mention we have a new puppy? What was I thinking?

Mama Pea said...

Karen L. - Hey, don't stress yourself about the recipe. Whenever will be fine!

I got the cookies baked yesterday afternoon. Froze some, left some out to eat and sent a tin home with our daughter. Cookies, cookies, cookies, mmmm-good!

Congrats on the new puppy. But what a lot of work they are!