Joe left for work yesterday and then came back inside to place one red leaf on the counter.
Autumn is on it's way.
Last summer was so hot and humid I swear it was late September before it felt like fall. Now I can hear it in the rustling of the leaves….. you know that sound? The nights are getting cooler too…. and I need a sweatshirt on in the morning to cut the chill. I'm going to blink and the whole yard will look like this. I can't help but feel sort of cheated, having been gone all summer… like I didn't get the chance to soak up the sun I love so much. Oh, those lazy hot days in the hammock…..
Now here we are nearly at the end, full swing into picking and preserving things from our garden and the farm we get our CSA from. We've canned 50 quart jars of whole tomatoes and there are two 30 pound boxes waiting to be turned into sauce and salsa over the next two days. I froze 7 gallons of blueberries and another 2-3 gallons are waiting to be made into jam. Calendula from the garden is drying for some medicine making when things are less busy. Four 1/2 gallons of salsa are fermenting in the basement. A couple 1/2 gallons of liquor are in the works (blueberry & peppermint). The kitchen is a constant mess of something being diced and chopped and blanched and peeled and tucked into jars or freezer bags……
Tell me….. what's going on in your kitchen these days?