Today is the first day of autumn – (technically, this year the first day of fall is on Tuesday the 22nd, but on MY calendar, the first day of the season always falls (HA!) on the 21st. The winds are brisk from the south. The hummingbirds have finally left for their winter grounds south of the equator. To my mind, they lingered longer this year – did the hurricanes and upper level smoke from the west coast wildfires compel them to defer travel plans? Or am I just mistaken about their usual departure?
The second pumpkin pie is in the pantry. I make mine from butternut squash, one thing I do miss about the longer growing season down south. I used to harvest dozens every September. This year, though, with the long and hot summer, it turns out I could have planted squash and tomatoes with good results – but after 5 years of iffy growing conditions, I decided not to waste the garden space. Go figure.
After three days, today I finished the crummy job of weeding the interlocking brick – what pain in the rear end! Literally! Just wish I had found the gumption to attend to it earlier. But the job needed doing. Company is coming and I want the place to look presentable.
Also, the work gives me a sense of control. Something that is in short supply these days. Especially after I learned yesterday that my brother Jim has had a severe setback at hospital. Comforting myself with carbs, and distracting myself with make-busy work eases some of the anxiety.
Reiner is busy cutting and splitting firewood. I just heard him dump the first of at least a half dozen loads at the woodshed. Good. More make-busy work, the kind that gets me outside and burns those carbs.
Be safe, everyone.
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