Hello Again!

Happy Fall!

I have been on a bit of a hiatus. For me it is a good thing to do now and then. It is nice to focus on what I am doing and not be so concerned with camera angles while taking pictures and making sure that I am not missing a picture or redoing something just to capture the picture. I am pretty certain that if you blog you can relate to that! So every once in a while I put the camera aside, take pictures just for me and detach just a bit from the electronics.

We have had a full and fun late summer however. Much of me still feels I am in summer. The temperatures are cooler and the fall garden is planted but the summer garden is still producing heavily. So canning and eating summer food is still in the forefront. Canning is on the calendar again this week. Last Tuesday I canned 55 pounds of tomatoes. It makes me so excited to think I will be able to enjoy them all winter long!

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The produce is still coming in!

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I have lots of winter squash coming in now, but no pictures. Like I said, my electronics and I have been working on practicing a little separation.

Kitchen! Yes, kitchen is progressing nicely. Cabinets on the walls now and gorgeous counter tops. I am super excited about the counter space I have now and the big sink!

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And of course life would not bring quite as many smiles without a visit to this little guy!

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I hope you are enjoying the transition of the seasons! What are some of your favs this time of year?

Happy Unleashing into Fall!

FGU

It is Fall, But I am Stuck in Summer

pumpkinsTomorrow is the first day of fall- 9/23. Fall seems to be in the air. With evening temps hitting the 40’s and daytime highs being in the 70’s it feels more and more like it every day. Driving over the weekend I saw tree leaves turning beautiful colors and pumpkins and mums sitting on front porches. I see scarecrows outside and feel the breezes outside and pouring in through our windows. I love fall and the change of seasons here in Indiana.

As much as I love fall, I confess that I am not quite there yet. I still have summer in my blood and tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, peppers and green beans on the vines.

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I really need to harvest my basil and get it dried, frozen and whipped into pesto before too many cool nights take it away. I have so much summer squash still to pick and feast on AND I am NOT tired of it yet. We have so many green beans that we are eating them daily, BUT I am NOT tired of them yet. I have canned over 100 lbs of tomatoes and still have double that left to do AND I am NOT tired of it yet. So it is summer still in my garden and soul but it is fall on my thermometer.

I am planning my fall garden and I have my green babies ready to go into the ground. I have cover crop seed ready to go. I am about ready to pick our pumpkins. I have a list with tons of fall gardening activities on it, but I am still in summer. I still am grilling out dinner, I am still basking in the sunshine on my deck and I am still savoring every bite of tomato that I pick and turn into a sandwich. But the clock is ticking for fall activities. I will soon lose my precious 10 hours of daylight each day that my green babies need as the days are getting shorter. I know that I need to kick into fall but I am stuck in summer still.

I think I will allow myself to bask in summer for the rest of the month.  I will enjoy my summer gardens to the last precious thing that I pick in the next 10 days or so. I will begin to work the ground that my fall crops will go into, but I will still enjoy my summertime moments that remain. On October 1 I think I will transition over. My scarecrows will come out, I will get some mums to decorate the front porch, place my pumpkins out for decor and will take down my “Summertime is here” signs. But for today, it is 58 degrees, BUT the sun is out and I am going to go pick some green beans and tomatoes.

Happy Unleashing your Season (whatever it may be!)

FGU

Snow is Beautiful!

DSC_0791Yep I said it.  Snow is beautiful! I love how it blankets everything in white and it is so peaceful.  I know it is cold and windy and our windchill is down to -14 degrees today, but I still love looking outside and just staring at it.  It also offers a great excuse for boots, baggy sweatshirts and lots of hot tea. So a farmgirl has got to ask “what is wrong with that?”

We took some pictures of our home with the snow that covers it right now. We have named our homestead “Big Sky Acres” since we can see sunrise and sunset from either porch; Big Sky Acres (BSA) is covered in white and well I just could not be more pleased to see this sight.

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The sunrises and sunset are so gorgeous amidst the sea of white in our view. Don’t you agree?

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Our driveway is pristine as no car can enter or exit!

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Here are some outstanding snow pictures from all around BSA.

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Jasmine loves the snow but she does contemplate the cold before venturing off the porch.

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As I look at hubby’s mom’s 1960 something VW Bug, I wonder if this is the coldest it has seen; somehow I doubt that.

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The shingles for the new sunroom are waiting for warmer days to get installed on the roof.  Right now they are in a deep freeze.

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And Gus the Rooster is standing tall and looking regal on top of the pole barn.

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Our deck is not only covered in snow but that is my commute every morning.  My office is above the garage and the entry point are these outside stairs.

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It is windy heading up there as you can see!  It is a short commute, but I am bundled up traversing it.

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And while I am enjoying a true winter, I love all the seasons.  As I look dreamily out over the white, I fantasize about green and vegetable starts and sweaty days in the garden.

If you are in one of the 31 states that is in the deep freeze, stay warm today. I hope you have a fireplace, a furnace, a hot bubble bath and some hot tea.

Happy Unleashing (to stay warm),

FG

Musings: Prepping for Snow

DSCN3748How is your forecast this weekend?  Ours is great or terrible, dependent upon what your vantage point is. 🙂  Our forecast is 1″ sleet, followed by snow and lots of it (up to 8″) and then freezing rain through Sunday.  Some would say YUCK, I say YES!!!!

One driving factor of moving here were the four seasons.  I so longed for fall, winter, spring and and summer to be uniquely their own; not one melding into another but having four distinct personalities.  I love them all and want to experience them each in their own special way.

As our weather forecast and warnings are hitting my phone, it makes me think about my life elsewhere.  Here are some thoughts that hit my head and heart today.

In a southern metro city, there is no need for lots of snow plows or salt trucks, so when it hits, the city is paralyzed.  It is tough to battle snow and ice without the tools. The city would simply panic and rightly so; it was not used to this white stuff!

In a northern rural city, you see the plows and trucks with brine and salt as soon as the forecast is announced.  They are working, ready, checking into nearby hotels and actually pretty pumped up about the impending snow! This is routine for them and they are very psyched up about battling the snow!

In a southern metropolis, the stores were FLOODED with people getting milk, bread and all other items that folks found their security in.  There is a bit of panic knowing stuff is headed your way that will debilitate you. You go and get what you feel you need to keep you safe, sound and stable.

This morning at church our pastor mentioned that we were preparing for the snow and ice storm.  He described that as getting our shovels, coats and ice scrapers out.  We hopped into a grocery afterwards and there were no empty shelves or long lines.  This is an area of the country that is accustom to this; no panic here! We grab shovels, ice scrapers and salt.  The fact is we know that snow is coming; we may not know when, but we know it is coming so we just keep moving on.  It does not feel debilitating.

In my preparation, I wandered out back today in my Mucks and gloves among the cold rain/sleet mix in my coat and picked spinach, kale, collards, corn salad and arugula.  I picked and picked and picked.  I felt so awesome about walking to my fields and getting what I needed for my time in my home this weekend.  SO EXCITING!  Is this not gorgeous stuff?


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I cannot wait to see 3 a.m. and the snow.  Well maybe I won’t be awake and I will see it in the morning, but none the less I am excited.  I am seeing the seasons full blown in their magnificence.  I am grateful for my experiment of four season gardening (thank you Eliot Coleman).  I have not gotten through four seasons yet, but I have experienced many days now of fresh food and nurturing myself and my hubby with the stuff we are growing.  I have loved spring and summer here.  I have loved the fall and the beauty that went along with it.  And I am so ready for the cold crispness of winter. I am thankful to be somewhere that this is just part of the cycle; it is not unusual, scary, something to throw me off.  It is just another day, another season, another experience in my journey.

What is happening in your world?  Ready for snow or panicking that it may come? I am so inspired by many of you that write and that I read that are truly in wintery conditions and are prepping your animals and land. I learn from you every day and take little pieces into my life. Thank you for sharing your experiences.

Happy Unleashing in your season, whatever it entails!