|Fall Mystery Shawl|
|My Chore Sweater|
I am getting REALLY sick and tired of the weather around here. It was a wet, cool September after a very HOT summer. We will not can any tomatoes this year. Or pickles. I feel a bit like our garden was a failure. But we had a garden and we are eating from it. I had wanted a much bigger garden, but I doubt we could have kept up with it when I was sick and for the month after when I was still feeling weak. We went from mostly 100's to mostly 60's and that is not good for ripening tomatoes. Our cucumbers just never did much and a neighbor told us theirs were the same. Most of ours didn't even germinate. Just a bad garden year for us, I guess. We did get a lot of zuchini, and my track record with them is not good. I can plant a row of them and get 3 plants that have 3 or 4 fruits on them. Fortunately, my husband likes to grow them and he has great luck with them. My big garden success has been herbs. I have dried lots of herbs this year.
Next year, I think we will have a crop of lambs to eat. I'm thinking I will breed all the ewes that aren't related to the ram so we can have some tasty meat in the freezer. And I'll hope they are all ram lambs. Ram lambs are rotten little pills and you can't wait to off them by the time fall comes. They are cute at first. And then they turn naughty. First it is a cute naughty, and then you start to hate the little b*st*rds. Ewe lambs, like all girls, are different than boys. It is all about the hormones I think. Ram lambs like to beat the crap out of anything and everything. But they sure do taste good!
As much as I have complained about the cool weather, it has be nice. I do worry that we'll have a long cold autumn followed a by a long cold winter, but it is nice to not be hot all the time. A couple years ago the snow settled in a month early and I knew I would never make it in the far north where winter lasts 6 months. I enjoy this part of year where the days get shorter and shorter. It is a time when I feel closest to my ancestors and to the earth.