Archive for October, 2009

Cold wet stuff

October 18, 2009

Last Friday morning we woke up to discover that the first snow of the season had fallen during the night, just enough to make a white dusting on the back yard like powdered sugar on a cake.

The first snow, such as it was

The first snow, such as it was

On Saturday we headed up to Maine to join my folks in making cider. My aunt and uncle and some old family friends also showed up and we had a lovely afternoon of washing buckets full of apples, grinding them up, pressing the juice out, and ladling it all into bottles. Afterwards we sat down to enjoy a potluck dinner and good company.

After spending the night in Maine, we came back to Georgetown on Sunday morning. As we were heading south we drove into a rainstorm that over the course of the afternoon veered into sleet, slush, and heavy wet snow.

In other cold news, late last week I finally got our upright freezer in the basement set up and running, so we had a place to store several jugs of cider when we got home from Maine.

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Wood pile

October 12, 2009

I’ve been working at cutting and splitting the fallen wood that we’ve collected from our land and piling it up to dry. I think I’ve exhausted what’s lying around; the next step would be to cut a few of the standing trees. I don’t think we have anything dead on our lot, although there are a few that seem not so healthy. I don’t think I’m going to start on that, though, at least not until we see what gets knocked down by the storms this coming winter.

Our wood pile

Our wood pile

Wild fall weather

October 8, 2009

Yesterday started gray and threatening. Shortly after I arrived at campus there was a tremendous crash of thunder and a sudden downpour of rain. Five minutes later, the sun came out and the clouds broke up. I gather the stormy weather lasted longer in Georgetown. As I was driving home up Heather Road, I had to stop and pull a fallen tree limb out of the road. Today I plan to take a stroll in our woods and see if we have any fallen wood back there that can be added to the firewood pile.

The fall colors are coming in unevenly on the trees. Some are still green, others have turned bright red and orange, while a few are dropping their leaves already. Much of the ground in Georgetown is low and wet and in those places the trees turned first. My drive to work is getting to be quite colorful.

First and last grilling of the season

October 4, 2009

This past summer we picked up a small portable grill, but with our various comings and goings we didn’t have much chance to use it. Now that the weather is turning cold, it seemed to me that we ought to take the opportunity on one of these last warm days and use the grill for something. Last Friday was a cloudy but rather warm day, so when I got home from campus I set up the grill and made hamburgers.

Our grill

Our grill

The grill performed pretty well, although the cooking surface is not as good as I would like. It will certainly do at least for a few years.

Mouthful of a day

October 1, 2009

We had dentist appointments today. E. got small cavity filled and I had some old fillings replaced. The dentist was very efficient in his work and we were both in and out in 45 minutes. We then spent the rest of the afternoon talking funny because our mouths were numb. Just try saying “Let’s get some soup and salad and sit down of the sofa to watch some Stargate” when you can’t feel your tongue. Simple pleasures for simple minds…

In the evening I made a pumpkin pie from scratch. I find it very satisfying cooking from scratch, even if it is more work. This is my first pie of the season, but I’m sure there will be more pumpkin, apple, and cranberry pies to follow.

A couple of days ago I was walking around outside and for the first time this season it smelled like fall. I don’t know quite what it is that makes that sweet, crisp fall scent but I love it. I think the fall is my favorite season, even if it does bring unpleasant weather and a return to work with it. I love the smell of the air, the fresh apples and pumpkins, the tingle of the cooler weather, and the satisfied feeling of the world getting ready to go to sleep for the winter.