It’s been threatening to arrive so we’ve been super busy since I got back from my mini-vacation to Yellowstone National Park. There were still potatoes to dig, more dry beans to pull, all the peppers in the hoop houses to pick (it’s not cost-effective to run propane heaters when the weather shows no sign of warming up above freezing), more squash to haul in, crates of tomatoes to bring inside, and so on. We had two days’ notice via the weather forecasts so we did hurry. We brought in the four remaining crates of tomatoes using a head lamp, but we got them all in and safe.
The temperature bottomed out at 22° F. and lately, we haven’t seen a day above freezing. So Will and I have been busy with other projects such as cutting and splitting more firewood as, at least the rain has stopped. (Snow doesn’t get the wood wet!) Yesterday I seeded out 12 more varieties of tomatoes and have only 12 more to go. It does feel good to see the end in sight. We’re stumbling over crates of melons and piles of squash so I started seeding some of those out too. I was so happy with all those fat seeds. Last night I baked three squash. We ate half of a Hopi Pale Grey and today — David’s birthday — I’ll be making a nice pie. Who needs a pumpkin to make pumpkin pie anyway?
Beaver forecast: Our beavers have finally given us a heads-up. They say it’s going to be a long, cold and snowy winter. They not only built up their dam early but have stockpiled tons of willow and poplar brush, anchored in the bottom mud of the pond, right off the front of their lodge. (And I was so hoping it would be a nice mild winter…) Alas, that’s not going to happen. The beavers haven’t been wrong yet. — Jackie