Saturday, October 4, 2008
It seems like just yesterday that we were excitedly watching the big maple tree in our yard bud out with leaves, now we are raking those leaves along the side of the house to insulate against the winter wind. By the time new leaves are budding on the tree, these will be wet, compact and ready to go into the composter for a last transition before being spread on the garden where they will nourish next year's tomatoes. Somehow thinking about this year's leaves gives me real comfort in these days of confusing and turbulent national news.
All over town, people have piles of wood in their yards or already stacked in their wood sheds, barns and garages. We have 3 cords stacked, another 1-1/2 cords in the driveway waiting to be stacked and another 1-1/2 to be delivered. We have an oil furnace but the more wood we burn, the less oil we have to buy. We've been firing up the stove the last few evenings. Our little Jotul stove, heats the rooms we spend our evenings in and the heat floats up the stairs to warm the bedroom by the time we head up there.
In mid-September, before the first freeze, I brought the tomatoes still on the vine into the house and they have ripened by the south facing windows. The cats have occasionally used them for bowling, but I think that I've retrieved all the ones that rolled under furniture--if not, I suspect that I will find them in a diminished state while cleaning and you can be sure that I will take a picture to share!
This afternoon, I am going to be able to go check on the beavers.