Monday, October 19, 2009

Busily winding down

This has been such a hectic week. We drove out to the Cities to celebrate my sister's wedding last Wednesday. Numerous relatives from Canada also came down, so we had a grand time visiting with them. Hubby, boys and I also attended a friend's pig roast. It was five fun-filled days away from home, but when we finally arrived back home yesterday we were all exhausted. We need a vacation after our vacation.

The day before we left I pulled the Brussels Sprouts out of the garden. Number Two Son helped pluck the sprouts off the stems. After a quick blanch they went into the freezer. I planted twelve plants and got enough for eight meals. Next year I'll plant more.

While at my parent's house, all the young boys went out to pick apples from the backyard tree. This tree bent over in a wind storm last year, but stayed alive. Dad wanted to cut it down but we all convinced him to let it live. It seems to be growing just as well as if it were upright. And picking apples from it is a whole lot easier now. The branches are mostly horizontal.

The goats are at the breeder until early December, so hubby and Number One Son went out this evening to begin cleaning out the goat barn. They got half-way done before it turned dark. We're supposed to get three days of rain, so the rest of the job might have to wait a bit.

It's the time of year when my body is telling me to hibernate. Maybe I was a bear in a previous life. All I want to do is stay under a warm blanket and sleep. The weather is changing so quickly and I feel unprepared for winter. I'm scatterbrained. Distracted. Tired. I should be out cleaning up the garden but the task seems too great. The basement needs a good cleaning, too. And the front porch. And the closets. The whole house, in fact.

But I am sleepy. Very very sleepy. Zzzzzzz.


Mama Pea said...

Your body and my body are suffering the same affliction. Just when we know (especially this year when we've had snow a couple of times ALREADY) that our days of getting outside chores done are numbered! It's SO hard to pull myself out of bed in the morning . . . and I'm a person who usually hits the floor running in the a.m. . . . the earlier the better. I'm calling it a transition phase and hope I pull out of it soon.

I wish the same for you, too, m'dear! But on the other hand, maybe our bodies are telling us something important . . . and the best thing to do is take care of ourselves.

Good to have you back and blogging. :o)

Erin said...

Love the apple tree! Maybe we should all be planting them sideways, lol!

Frustrated Farmer Rick said...

Hey Jo,

You are not alone in having difficulty finding energy in the fall. I notice this every year. In college I discovered that a handful of almonds a day seems to make it lift. I have read a few theories about vitamin E and D and such. I just know it works for me. May help you as well.

PS it was great seeing you guys.

Jo said...

Hello Mama Pea -- Thanks for the kind words and for the commiseration. I think I've gotten over the worst part, but I still have some blah days. Hope yours end soon too.

Hello Erin -- Yes, I think so too!

Hi Rick -- Thanks for the nutritional tip. I'll have to buy some almonds next time I go to the co-op.