Over the holiday weekend, Ashley’s dad came up and so did Jacob, a friend of David’s. We had a long weekend of building on David’s new cabin. Luckily, the weather cooperated for the most part. Not only did David and Troy get the stairway to the second floor built (Friday evening), but all of the walls flew together and on Sunday, the rafters began to be set into place. David is hurrying to get the cabin dried in before snowfall, the windows aren’t being framed in so that makes things go much faster, but will result in more work on down the pike. We tease David about his cabin being so high he needs lights on top to keep planes from hitting it.
Things did slow down as David wanted to put three shed dormers on the second floor, two in front and one in back. This changes the angle and measurements of the birdsmouth in the rafters so they’ll have to switch back and forth as more rafters go into place.
Meanwhile (back at the ranch!), I’ve been bush picking and canning sweet corn like mad. Yesterday I did a big batch of corn with sweet red peppers. We like a variety in our foods so I can the corn with sweet peppers, plain sweet corn, corn salsa, corn with peas and carrots, and corn relish too. Today, it’s corn with peas and carrots. (As our peas are all dry seeds now, I add frozen peas, thawed, to the mix and this works just fine. We have lots of carrots!
I cringed when I listened to the weather radio this morning; they’re calling for possible “frost in low-lying areas” and “scattered frost.” EEEKkkk! We have way too much to cover, we’ll have to cover what we can and pray like mad. (You can add yours too!) We need all the help we can get to keep that dreaded frost away from our gardens.
My pantry shelves were getting more than full so Will brought in some lumber and while I ran to town for tractor hydraulic fluid, he put up two more big shelves. And he carried down the boxes of canned foods I’d already put up. (Because of my bad knee, I have a hard time carrying boxes down the stairs. I can do a few at a time, then have to rest the knee.) Now they’re all down there until I can up more corn.
The gardens look fabulous! Lots and lots of tomatoes and we’ve got an Atlantic Giant pumpkin that weighs at least 100 pounds. Now, with the world record being over a ton, that 100 pound pumpkin may not seem that big. But for Northern Minnesota, it is plenty big! If it doesn’t frost, I’m wondering how big it will get. Lots of beans and plenty of squash and even orange pumpkins too. Go away frost! — Jackie