Crisp days, cool nights, color galore and no bugs. (Well, except for those nasty ticks that one has to take precautions to avoid.)
I'm always energized this time of year (good thing). It enables me to (puff, puff) get the last of the garden harvest in and processed. Even though the garden itself looks terrible now, it's still giving all it can to make the last of the harvest worthwhile.
I was thinking of making potato pancakes for dinner last night so went out to dig up a couple of potatoes.
One would think I got carried away, but I found these spuds under just two plants. What a haul. Six and one-half pounds. (No, we didn't eat them all last night.) Methinks our potato harvest this year is going to be a bonanza.
Most of our pumpkins still look like the above.
But a few of them do show signs of coloring up properly.
We've had a too-long period of wet, damp, dewy, drippy weather. Mowing the grass for the last time this season has been put off and put off which has resulted in thick, matted, green stuff that is impossible to get through with the lawn mower. Papa Pea has had to "knock down" most of it with the rotary mower on the old Gravely garden tractor which leaves a lawn that would definitely not measure up to Martha's standards, but it was all we could do.
The grass between the raised beds always grows extremely well because of the fertility of the raised bed soil which "leaks" out to the surrounding area. My dear husband will have to take his heavy-duty weed whip to these areas (the Gravely mower is too big to fit) because when I try to do it with the regular lawn mower, everything clogs up and the motor dies over and over.
The weather has put the baking bee in my bonnet. Yesterday I made a pan of brownies and early this morning a batch of Gingersnap cookies magically appeared from the oven. Gingersnaps are a family favorite, and I personally think they go perfectly with autumnal weather.
Yesterday I made a batch of Stuffed Green Peppers for the freezer. Ended up with sixteen servings for us which provide a quick and easy meal all winter long for the cook in the house.
This week we're planning our annual hike to a favorite spot which allows a gorgeous overlook of surrounding territory and the fall colors. I told the troops I want to go as early in the day as we can get it together because it's such a popular hike that as the day goes on, the trail gets close to being downright crowded. It may make me seem antisocial, but I don't think it's any fun hiking when there is a string of people in front and in back of you.
Isn't my new blog header photo stunning? Another great photograph by our daughter. Not taken this year but rather a few years ago as the colors aren't quite as full-blown yet as the photo shows.