And I'm glad.
Crazy. Our Weather these past few weeks. We've experienced much warmer temperatures than we usually do the last part of October and these first few days of November. Daytime highs in the 50s and falling only into the 40s at night. The grass is still very much green (and growing?) and we've had only one or two nights that provided light frost that could be seen in the very early morning.
According to the forecast, this all will change with rain/snow moving into our area this weekend and first of next week. Since the leaves have all left the trees, it will start to look and feel more like the November weather we usually have. Ah yes, the lull (I'm ready) before the beginning of Thanksgiving and the Christmas holiday season soon to follow.
I've been the first one up these mornings (in the total darkness) and have taken to turning on the lights bordering door frames . . .
. . . and lighting candles on the kitchen table to provide a cozy, easy, waking up period before these last days of scrambling outside to tie up all those loose ends that must be done before the snow flies.
Two days ago we had one more cord and a half load of wood delivered to bring our big wood shed up to chock-full. This wood won't be touched this year as we've got well-seasoned wood in two other sheds that is two and three years old. What a good feeling to be that much ahead on our wood supply.
There is a stack of eight foot-long logs in our back wood working area that we've agreed to work up this winter, even if we have to sweep and/or shovel the snow off of the pile. What better way to spend part of a sunny day outside in the fresh air working those muscles that don't get as much exercise as they do during the rest of the year. Then to come inside to a warm, cozy, wood stove-heated kitchen for a bowl of homemade soup and slice of bread. Stripping it all down to basics, it just doesn't get much better than that.
Yep, I'm truly looking forward to the coming months. Even though I do love gardening and all that entails, the coming winter time looks purdy darn good to me. I'm totally ready for sparkling white winter to make a full appearance.