Monday, August 29, 2016
More Signs of Fall
My husband and I were driving home from a lovely dinner with our son Chris, DIL Heather and our grandsons Bradley and Isaiah on Sunday night. We noticed some geese in a V formation flying south. A few weeks ago the hummingbirds stopped visiting. The birds know that Fall is quickly approaching.
I have been enjoying the perfume of the apples coming from the orchard up over the hill. This weekend we received a newsletter and harvest schedule from them. One of the crops is already harvested and done. I am going to have to make a trip up there this week and pick some apples. :) I will pick more as more of the varieties come in and also pick a bag before we head over to Montana in mid September. My mother always requests a bag of apples from there and she shares with all the neighbors. Our boys actually worked at that orchard years ago. The family that owns it also have daughters who used to babysit for us when our children were little. :)
I am feeling that nudge to stock up and get ready for Fall and a long Winter. I have found that my instincts are usually right. I ordered a 50 pound bag of unbleached flour and will be splitting it with our Heather. It will be ready to pick up on Friday. Heather did not have enough food grade buckets to store her portion in so I called Safeway and they had some buckets that frosting comes in for their bakery. They gave me 5 buckets for free. On my drive home from there I notices more of the trees on the leaves changing colors.
Our day time temperatures were in the low 90's today but are dropping rapidly this week. In a few days we will be in the mid 70's for daytime highs and stay there for about a week. Our night time temperatures will be going back down into the 40's. I am so looking forward to that but am hoping that it will not harm my tomato plants.
I love Fall! My "chipmonk mode" is in full swing now and I feel the need to get things ready and put by. I'm looking forward to roasts, soups, biscuits, cornbread, chili and ham again. I want to sip hot tea at night while curled up with a good book and snuggled under the blankets in bed with my cat pressed up against me. There are leaves to be pressed and sent to friends who do not experience Fall in their part of the world. There is the pumpkin patch to take my grandsons to this year and them up to pick apples and pears at the orchard. My youngest grandson Isaiah loved doing that last year and asked about picking pears there again this year. He just turned 3 so it must have made a huge impression on him since he remembers it. :)
What are you looking forward to this Fall?