It's been hard for us to "knock it off" for the winter when not only wasn't the ground frozen, but it was still sporting a lush coat of green grass everywhere one looked. (It could even have been mowed for a final time. But wasn't.)
View of our pond this morning
taken by me hanging out of Papa Pea's
second story office window.
I'm thinking the deer hunters will be happy to see the tracking snow, too, as last weekend when the season opened the ground in the woods was littered with crunchy leaves and dry weeds.
While Papa Pea was outside yesterday moving a compost bin to a more convenient winter location, taking down the spring/summer/fall configuration of electric fencing, etc., etc., I was inside doing a thorough house cleaning, making a big batch of Salmon Chowder and baking a Lemon Pound Cake.
A friend of ours is arriving from the Twin Cities today to spend the next week or so based at another friend's house for some serious deer hunting. He'll stop here for lunch and a visit on his way. The chowder with a tossed salad and warmed biscuits I pulled from the freezer will make an easy lunch. Oh, and a slice of the pound cake with a small plop of vanilla ice cream and some haskap berry syrup drizzled over the top for dessert.
The rest of the day you'll find me with my knitting (I'm on a tear to finish this pair of socks for our daughter) on the couch in front of an open fire. A glorious way to start the official (in my book, anyway) start of a lovely winter season.