Winter actually came about three weeks earlier than usual this year! (Yeah, sure, we were ready … Uh huh.) Where our “normal” high temperature is 50° F, we’ve been very lucky to see 30, with no sun at all. The snow has started, and more is in the forecast. First off, we got five inches and ice. Now another seven inches is headed our way. Ish! So yesterday and today, Will and I were busy protecting our fruit trees against the terrible voles. We had bought several new white plastic tree guards, both large and smaller to suit different sized trees, as well as three-foot-high hardware cloth to circle bushy trees like our bush cherries. We also used some used aluminum window screen to wrap some strange-shaped trees up three and four feet. After all, those darned voles tunneled up through the snow and got down into some shorter screens and girdled trees. (We lost something like seven in all last year.) Of course, we replaced them this spring but still, we don’t want a repeat performance.
Meanwhile, I’ve been canning up a storm. I canned more rutabagas, Amish coleslaw and tomato sauce. As the nights are getting quite cold — down into the teens, the stuff on the porch is freezing so I’ve got to take a few crates out to the deer as I just couldn’t handle any more. After giving away dozens of crates, lots of melons and cantaloupes and more, plus saving seed and canning every day, I am done out there! Of course, there is still tons inside the house, just sitting and calling to me. Will carried the potatoes down into the pantry this morning so that pile is gone. And soon I’ll finish up the last of the rutabagas and more carrots. I’m doing the crops which will go bad quicker first where others like the carrots can wait awhile. Boy is our pantry ever stuffed this year! And with COVID getting worse and worse, it’s a very good feeling.
Likewise, we managed to pay off the Wolf forty where David’s cabin is this last week. Now we own 160 acres, free and clear. What a good feeling that is! We are so blessed. — Jackie