Daughter and I had just left our local recycling center when the second of the torrents hit. We cut our stops in town short because it would have meant getting drenched to the bone and beyond the moment you stepped out of the truck. Driving home, I nearly had to pull over to the side of the road because the wipers could barely keep the windshield clear enough to see.
It's still raining now so I haven't ventured out to the deck to see just how much water is collected in the rain gauge, but I'm guessing it must be close to two inches total for the day.
I wanted to spend most of the week doing the last of the harvesting in the garden and a lot of clean up work, but the weather hasn't been cooperating. Not a problem as both Papa Pea and I have found lots to keep us busy indoors. (Imagine that.)
We had a big rack of clothes upstairs in a storage area that we went through yesterday. I think we're to the point in our lives when we both want to simplify and start sorting (and even getting rid of!) a lot of material things we really, truly don't need.
Our recycling center has a second hand clothing store attached to it and daughter and I filled the back of the Suburban with 6 garbage bags of clothing and four shopping bags of shoe boxes. I was glad to get it out of the house and know that everything would go to someone who could make good use of it.
I'm hoping we still stay with this purging (lots more areas to sort) and keep making sensible decisions as to what is really important and necessary in our lives.
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A little lapse of time there while I stopped to make a batch of hamburgers for the freezer. Kept two burgers out for dinner along with Creamy Cucumber Salad and a big, ol', lumpy, luscious tomato from our neighbor's garden. I am evidently cursed as I can't grow standard sized tomatoes like they can. But their bean crop was a total bust this year so we were happy to share our plentiful crop of green and yellow beans with them. (I'd still rather be able to grow tomatoes!)
Just in from reading the rain gauge . . . we got one and 7/10ths inches of rainfall today. That's a fairly wet fall day.
When I was out on the deck reading the rain gauge, I noticed the impatiens in the window boxes. After a summer of struggling to make a decent showing, now when I want to fill the window boxes with fall leaves and miniature pumpkins, the flowers are looking better than they have all season. How can I pull them out now?
The Virginia Creeper made lush growth this summer completely covering the window (yes, there is a window above and slightly to the left of the deck chair), but not yet showing a bit of the brilliant red color it takes on in the fall.
Folks around here are saying we're going to have an early winter. But so far, we've yet to have much of a fall. The trees are just now starting to show autumnal coloring and we're fast coming up on the third weekend in September . . . which usually is marked as our peak color weekend for all the leaf-lookers.
Yep, the odd weather seems to be continuing right on into the last months of the year. I'm going to concentrate on enjoying whatever comes our way. Maybe it will turn out to be a long, late fall yet. But if it's an early winter, so be it. All the more time for cozy hours spent by the wood stove.
But first, I need a little dry weather so I can go finish up my work in the garden! (Oh my, it's pouring rain again.)