It’s also Friday but on this Friday, I am mostly thankful that it is Fall … as of 2:02 p.m. MDT – the Autumnal Equinox – official Fall (Autumn).
Hoo … I say HOO-RAH!!!
When last we left our story, the air was clearer and it was cooler. It did not get HOT again but on the day before the forecast “PATTERN CHANGE”, the smoke came down with a vengeance. It was the absolute worst in a summer of really bad smoke. If the cold front and subsequent rain had not been in the forecast I might have been tempted to curl up in a ball and weep. As it was, I just kept saying “Tomorrow will be better”.
And it was.
The front came through with rain and snow and cool.
We had a bit of smoke in the days following, but nothing like the extreme conditions of late August/early September.
That first day…
I put away the air conditioners … all THREE! My two new ones came with handy covers complete with pouches for the remotes. I followed the manual instructions: drained, cleaned filters and ran fan only to dry out their insides. Then covers and into closets. I will pretend that they do not exist and will never be needed again. BUT, as noted previously, I am so grateful that I was able to get them and that they kept Bear, Auggie and me comfortable.
And while I’m being grateful …
Vegetables from Lower Valley Farm continue to be wonderful, varied and a pleasure to have and enjoy.
Week 18: radishes, lettuce mix, kohlrabi, carrots, cucumber, onion, shallots, spaghetti squash, tomatoes, bell pepper, zucchini, patty pan and parsley.
And so, we went from hot and smoky to cool and…
Graupel. Actually a Graupel Thunderstorm. It thundered, it lightning-ed, it graupel-ed. It POURED graupel!
And while it was doing that, UPS delivered my new little freezer:
That’s it under the table… the table that was to be the craft table that became the cat eating table that is now sort of an extension of the kitchen as it is home to the ice cream maker, the coffee pot (drip option for when a button push is preferred to a pour over) and the microwave.
The little freezer.
I’d filled my regular freezer and also the motorhome freezer with things from my CSA boxes and Farmer’s Market. It is the time of year when I start stocking up frig/freezer/pantry so that if driving is bad I do not NEED to go out and about for food. Enter this little freezer which fits under the table and gives me a bit of extra.
For extras like:
Week 19 of 21: Fingerling potatoes, tomatoes, baby arugula, garlic, red onions, cucumber, basil, zucchini, eggplant, delicata squash, red beets!
I continue to freeze or ferment anything I don’t eat during the week.
And on the way to pick up week 19:
It was a perfect Fall day and the barn was the perfect thing to set off the sky, the snow topped mountains and the clear air.
And now we are to today.
As Fall officially arrived…
Auggie started using the shelf above the dryer as his preferred napping spot.
Bear has become like his younger self, shedding the lethargy of the hot, smoky summer.
Peek-a-boo snow on the mountains to the East as we took our evening walk.
Sunset through the woods to our West.
T.G.I.F. Thank Goodness It’s Fall!