Thursday, October 04, 2007

Goodbye Summer…Hello Winter!

Here in the Pacific Northwest we enjoy very mild Fall weather, Sunny and warm days and cool and foggy nights. The leaves on the trees slowly turn color, and the growing season for vegetables usually extends into November before the first really hard killing frost.

This year, we had Summer, briefly, and then went right into winter! It is cold, it is windy and it is WET! I normally do not turn on the heat or build a fire in the wood stove until Nov. 1, but this year I have already had a fire, and the heater has been on for two days. Global warming you Say? Well Yes it is. I understand that the warm weather at the equater has caused a La Nina to start forming off the coast of Chile. When this happens it causes a shift southward of the Northern Jet stream, and with that comes the colder air from the North pole, and the storms from the Gulf of Alaska that usually head into northern Canada. We have had a couple of weeks of wet windy cold weather, Thunder storms, Hail, but no Frost YET!

Fall is my favorite time of the year, as it is a time for reflection, for gathering the larder and filling the cupboards, and getting ready to hunker down for the winter. I have 24 pints of applesauce all canned and ready for the shelf. Now I am looking for the best price on pears! The corn this year was not very good, and ripened really early and was gone, so I did not get any of that.

We can not grow a good tomato here, because the warn growing season is so short. I would LOVE to have all of Brenda’s “maters! I go through a lot of canned tomatoes. In fact right now a heave a very hearty stew on the stove bubbling with gravy and tomatoes and carrots and onions. And potatoes. YUM!!

Our fall weather crops like lettuce and spinach and cabbage are filling the fields right now, and I think it is time I got some of that to freeze too.

Gotta fill those feeders also, the birds know something that we don’t as the suet is all gone already, and the squirrels are hiding apples and walnuts!

Better get some wood brought in to dry also. I think we are in this for the long haul! Watcha wanna bet, snow in October?

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