Wow, is winter hitting us early this year. A little over a week ago we got dumped on by 4 inches of heavy wet snow. Then rain, rain, and more rain. But we heard the forecast a couple of days ago —cold and heavy snow. As we’re still harvesting and doing other fall work trying to get ready for winter, this was not welcome. So I brought in the very last of the tomato boxes which were stored in the hot pepper hoop house and harvested all the hot peppers which were ripe. Then in the afternoon, I pulled all of the hot peppers that were still green, to dehydrate, can, and eat. I also snapped off several big branches of the Thai Baby Dragon and Venice Bootleg peppers to hang on the back porch to use later. I was totally floored by the two buckets of Sugar Rush Peach peppers I picked off three plants! These peppers are quite large and oh my, how productive! Next year I will stake them as nearly all of the plants had so many peppers they bent down to lie on the ground.
Will is trying like mad to get the big corral finished before winter hits. But in this weather, it’s miserable work. Not only are all the logs wet but he’s working daily in the rain, slopping around, carrying boards, and cruising in mud in the pasture. He has a lot of the boards cut and up on the barn walls, but we don’t have a lot of longer logs for the fence planks. When he tries to drill holes for the remaining fence posts, the holes fill up with water as soon as the auger comes out of the holes. This is a fall we’ll long remember, for sure.
David got another big haul from work. He not only got another big shipping crate he plans on using for more storage, but two 14-foot-long pallets made up with 2x8s, and several other stout shipping crates. He took our triple axle equipment trailer to work and loaded them with a fork lift after his shift was over. It’s lucky he hauled them home yesterday as now we have 4 inches of heavy, wet snow, and trees are bent way over on the driveway. Will’s out right now with the chainsaw, cutting his way to the front gate.
I hope all of you in the hurricane’s path were and will be spared bad damage. Please stay safe! — Jackie