Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fall Has Finally Arrived

Fall came in with a thunderstorm and I have been enjoying every minute and raindrop. Well Rusty hasn't. He hates getting his feet wet! I have to carry him outside and find a dry spot under something so he can potty. Then I have to carry him back inside. Yeah, he has me trained very well. He comes and looks at me with those big brown eyes and I get up and take him to potty.  The windows and doors are all open with the scent of rain filling the rooms. We may be having lots of rain and flooding but we also have cooler temps that feel wonderful. This weekend bring nighttime lows in the 40's which will be cool enough for a small fire. I just love sitting by the woodstove reading, drinking a cup of hot tea, and listening to the crackle of the fire. Winter will be here soon! Despite the rain we have been raking pens, cleaning cages, moving things around to get the animals all settled in for cold weather. I don't like to even think they might be chilled or wet so we made sure all the stalls, houses, cages, etc were draft free and dry. Have been finishing up with the herb garden. Got a few more to put in the dehydrator and then all the herbs will be done for the year. Have a few more peppers to pick from the garden along with the last of the cherry tomatoes. Still have carrots and leeks and that will be it for the summer garden. The broccoli, brussel sprouts, turnip greens, and green beans are doing good in the fall garden. This rain came at the right time for them. We have about 5 or 6 loads of wood to split and stack. Several loads of logs to cut up before splitting and stacking. I believe the old saying that firewood heats you twice. Once cutting and the other burning. I have one bucket of pears left to put up and ketchup to make. Since we will be having rain tomorrow will spend the day in the kitchen getting those done. The chores that seemed to drain my energy this summer are going  smoothly and fast now. Fall just brings more energy when it arrives. I spent some time this afternoon mending. That has me back in the mood to stitch on my projects so I got out my needlework basket and will be stitching, knitting, and crocheting some each evening. The one thing about farm life is it does slow down a little bit in cold weather. Leaving more time and energy for fun projects. Been keeping several blog friends and their families in my prayers. My heart goes out to them. As you go about your evening count your blessings and say a prayer for your blog friend or neighbor. It really does help. Have a blessed evening!


Anonymous said...

Good Evenin' Peggy, This is the sweetest photo of Rusty! I think he and Harriet would make a cute couple!
I remember how you love to sit by the woodstove, drinking tea and reading. Do you have some new books you are looking forward to?
We got rain on Sunday and have enjoyed cooler temps too. So nice to have the doors and windows open.
Blessings to you and William and all the critters.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Peggy, I was wondering if you were going to get all of that rain... We haven't had any rain in awhile --and need it.. BUT--at least it's fairly cool here --so I'm not complaining.

Sounds like life for you is going well... I cannot believe that Rusty really has you trained!!!!! ha

Glad all of your other animals are doing well... Hope you don't get any flooding..

Yes---we do have blog friends who have some serious health problems. Let's keep them all in our prayers.

Before The Dawn said...

I wish we could get some rain! The forecasters say fall will be dryer than normal, but our summer was very dry too so that is disappointing. Dear Heavenly Father, please bring some rain.

Rusty is cute like a fox. We have a young Pomeranian-Chihuahua and her little face looks like a fox too.

Granny J said...

Hi Peggy, Rusty is adorable. Trixie has me trained also. She got me up at 3 a.m. this morning to take her out to potty. Now that she's getting older (16) she sometimes can't make it through the night.

We're getting cooler temperatures too. It was 51ยบ this morning.

Anonymous said...

Fall has started here too!


amelia said...

So happy for you that the weather is changing to cooler temps!!

I think our animals train us very well and we let them!

Enjoy your wood stove Peggy, you've earned it.

JoyceAnn said...

Hi Peggy ~ We're getting lots of rain too. I like you , have been trying to finish up the end of the summer garden and herbs. We still have a few tomatoes and peppers to deal with.

I was so happy to read about Sister's eggs hatching , hope the chicks are doing well.

~ Peaceful Autumn Blessings ~

Jennifer said...

What a pretty dog Rusty is! My goats have me trained, funny how they do that.

PEA said...

I'm so happy to hear that Fall has finally found you, sis:-) It was in the high 50's here today and sunny so a perfect day to go shopping with mom! I had put on a sweater but ended up taking it off since it actually felt warm!! Love that picture of Rusty, he's so gorgeous. Oh and yes, he does seem to have you well trained! hehe Love ya sis. xoxo

Kent Island Red said...

Hi Peggy, tea and the fire crackling sounds like heaven to me!

Kelly said...

It looks like you are staying very busy. I am actually looking forward to winter when everything slows down.


It will feel like fall this weekend...70s as a high and 40's as a low. I might too have a little fire; Enjoy your fun! Hope the cool stays.

Ann Nichols said...

A cool air just blew in yesterday evening here and we are just so excited! Yes, my energy level has increased dramatically with it too!
Happy October!

Connie said...

Hi Peggy,
You have been so busy this year with your garden, animal chores, etc., that I am sure it feels good to sit by a fire and stitch or read. Just think of the rewards this winter, as you open all the fruits of your labor. I am sure they will taste twice as good! LOL I am so happy for you that youo are back in your own home and enjoying life to the fullest.


Sandra said...

I'm a well trained human also and love my duties to our beloved companions with twice as many legs.
I wish we could have a wood fire but health problems prevent all save gas logs and central heat...for which I am thankful indeed!