Wednesday, October 27, 2021

 10/27/21 Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others."

Clouds but no rain here, lots of wind.  Lost power during the night but it is back on  now.  Strong NE winds, 43 degrees.  Winds will continue through the day and overnight, a little less strong overnight.  Today's high 51, tonight's low, 41.  Cloudy with NNE winds tomorrow, a high of 51, a low of 36.  Sunny Friday with a NNE breeze, a high of 54, a low of 38.  Afternoon showers Saturday, rain Saturday night, showers Sunday.  An ENE breeze Saturday with a high of 53, a low of 49.  A SSE breeze Sunday with a high of 62, a low of 47. 

Sunny Monday with WNW breeze, a high of 58, a low of 35.  Partly cloudy Tuesday with a WSW breeze,a high of 52, a low of 37.  Possible morning showers next Wednesday with a west breeze, a high of 50, a low of 36.  A few showers next Thursday, rain/snow showers Friday, the 5th.  West breezes both days with highs about 48, lows about 33.  Partly cloudy the weekend of the 6th and 7th and Monday, the 8th,with WNW breezes, highs of 48, lows about 30.  Showers the next few days with WSW breezes, highs about 50, lows about 38.
    Violet did not have a good morning yesterday but was better in the afternoon.  How she feels is very up and down.  She goes to the hospital today to see if she needs a blood transfusion.
     The garden is clean, plastic all in the dumpster and soaker hoses put away.  Jay got a start on putting the water hoses away.  The hose reel of hose we will need when we start the greenhouse is inside.  So are some soil bales that have biofungicide in them to use on flowers especially susceptible to fungus.
  Jay and Debbie put what wood we have in the back room.  We hadn't planned on burning much wood this winter but where we are being told propane prices will skyrocket perhaps we need to rethink that.
    Heather picked the grapes.  They also picked up more apples.  Today the girls plan to spend the day cooking.
    A long productive day.  I didn't need to be up in the middle of the night because the power went off!  Gilbert was here to help get the generators going by the time I woke up and got dressed. I was tired enough so I didn't wake up right away. when the power went off  I haven't put the cords away, the way the wind continues to blow we may lose power again.
    May God be with you this day, Sally

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

 10/26/21  Focus on making yourself better, not on thinking you are better.

 0.05 rain yesterday.  Damp out now with a mostly north breeze, 42 degrees.  60% chance of showers today, a NE wind, a high of 51, a low of 42.  60% chance of showers tomorrow with strong NE winds, a high of 50, a low of 41.   Mostly cloudy Thursday with a NNE wind, a high of 51, a low of 37.  Partly cloudy Friday with a NE breeze, a high of 53, a low of 41.  Rain Saturday with an ENE breeze, a high of 60, a low of 45.  Showers Sunday with a south breeze, a high of 60, a low of 45.Partly cloudy Monday with a WNW breeze, a high of 55, a low of 34.  Partly cloudy Tuesday with a SW breeze, a high of 53, a low of 39.  Afternoon showers next Wednesday with a SW breeze, a high of 51, a low of 34.  Clouds November 4th through the 9th with west breezes, highs about 48, lows in the low thirties.

    Violet went in for her monday check yesterday. Bekah's mother is here and took Bekah and Violet in.  Violet was scheduled for a blood transfusion but didn't need it yet, which was good.  Now she is scheduled for Wednesday.
    Jay, Maegin and Debbie worked in the garden.  Debbie cut the Brussel sprouts.  They aren't supposed to be cut until a hard frost but the sprouts were opening up.  They picked two totes of peppers.  Not sure what we will do with them.  And they cleaned up the garden.  Bekah and I were glad so much got done!
     I spent most of the day bagging parsley for the dryer.  It is done because Debbie helped me for a few hours in the afternoon when they got rained out of the garden.I froze seven quarts of broccoli.  Fall broccoli is so good but there was more than we could eat fresh.
     When lit Andrew got here to pick up Annabelle he helped Debbie put shelves in front of an upstairs window and move the scented geraniums I started for next year to them.  The plants won't do much this winter but next spring they will take off, ready to put around patios to confuse mosquitoes.
    Lots more planned for today.  May God be with you this day, Sally

Monday, October 25, 2021

 10/25/21  Life is short my friends, eat apple crisp for breakfast.


Low of 35 overnight.  It is now 40 degrees with a light west breeze.   A light rain is about to start.  Cloudy today with occasional showers, a high of 47 with a light SW breeze, a low of 42 tonight. The nor'easter affecting southern New England has moved further out to sea.  Unless it wobbles back toward us we can expect showersinstead of rain tomorrow morning, cloudy skies in the afternoon and showers Wednesday.  Strong NE breezes tomorrow with a high of 53, a low of 42.  NNE winds on Wednesday with a high of 52, a low of 51.  Strong NE breezes Thursday with partly cloudy skies, a high of 54, a low of 36.  Partly cloudy Friday with a NE breeze, a high of 53, a low of 42.  Showers Friday night.  Rain on Saturday and Saturday night.  An ENE breeze Saturday with a high of 54, a low of 49.  Showers Sunday with a west breeze, a high of 58, a low of 43.  Sunny Monday with a stiff west breeze, a high of 56, a low of 36.  Partly cloudy next Tuesday with a WSW breeze, a high of 53, a low of 37. Possible showers next Wednesday with a NW breeze, a high of 48, a low of 34.  Mostly NW breezes with clouds through the 8th, highs about 48, lows about 34.

   At church I was given a pretty basket full of crafty things people had collected for Azalea.  I'm not sure who was more pleased, Azalea or Bekah.  Bekah said Violet is getting so many gifts,  it has been hard for Azalea  to be happy for her. Azalea is six.  Over the summer Azalea had pretty much used  up what they had, now she has more than she ever had.  Very thoughtful of them.
   Justin helped me download an app that can be shared with six others only to realize when we were done that they need apple products to share.  It is a library of fun Christain children's stories.
   I did a lot more cleaning in the garden.  If he doesn't get rained out Jay will finish today.  I cut the parsley.  I'd planned to put it on the herb dryer last night but was too tired.  I'll cut it up, bag it and put it on the dryer this morning.  No shortage of large brown paper bags this year.
   I finished the apples I'd picked up so I'll pick up more today.  Crates of tomatoes are saying, "get to me!"  Debbie is taking some home with her today.
   May God be with you this day, Sally

Sunday, October 24, 2021

 10/24/21 A beautiful heart wii bring things into your life that all the money in the world couldn't get you.

Clear, a west breeze, 36 degrees.   Sunshine today with a WNW wind, a high of 52, a low of 36 tonight.  Cloudy tomorrow morning, occasional showers in the afternoon, light rain in the evening, becoming rain overnight. Forecast is for about an inch, total of rain now.  A light SW breeze tomorrow with a high of 49, a low of 43.  Rain tomorrow and tomorrow night with strong NNE breezes, a high of 54, a low of 44.  Showers Wednesday and Wednesday night with a NNE wind, a high of 51, a low of 41. Partly cloudy Thursday with a strong NNE breeze, a high of 54, a low of 36.  Partly cloudy Friday with a NE breeze, a high of 53, a low of 40.  Showers Saturday with an ENE breeze, a high of 52, a low of 47.  Showers next Sunday with an ESE breeze, a high of 58, a low of 46.  Morning showers next Monday with a west breeze, a high of 57, a low of 41.  Afternoon showers Tuesday, the 2ed, with a WSW breeze, a high of 52, a low of 37.  Westerly breezes and clouds the rest of the week and the weekend of the 6th and 7th.  highs about 50, lows in the mid thirties. 

     Andrew got part of the roof fixed, the part that had the leak.  Darel worked on the cold frame.  I got several of the piles of squash vines/weeds moved to the compost pile.  I also sprayed house plants to make sure I didn't bring in insects.  Some winter squash and peppers sold  Both sweet and hot.
     Maegin took several of the small painting pumpkins to Aaron's church for a painting party.  Azalea went with her and the girls, they stayed the night at Aaron's and will go to church with them.  She sent me pictures,  the painting party was a success.  I grew them for our church but due to so much illness our church isn't doing anything for halloween.
    Church this morning, at least some more piles will get to the compost pile this afternoon.  Moving them will be easier if it is done before Tuesday's rain.  May God be with you today, Sally

Saturday, October 23, 2021

 10/23/21 Sometimes we forget that waking up each day is the first thing to be grateful for.

 Cloudy, calm, and 40 degrees.  0.03 inch of misting yesterday morning.  Cloudy today with a Light NNW breeze, a high of 55, tonight's low 36 under partly cloudy skies.  Sunny tomorrow with a WNW wind, a high of 54, a low of 37.  Afternoon showers Monday with a light rain overnight.  A light west breeze with a high of 48, a low of 47.  Rain Tuesday and Tuesday night with strong NE breezes, may total as much as two inches.  A high of 54, a low of 48.  Showers Wednesday, Wednesday night and Thursday morning.  Wednesday's high will be 52 with a stiff NE breeze, the low 43.  A stiff NNE breeze Thursday with a high of 54, a low of 41.  Mostly cloudy Friday with a NE breeze, a high of 54, a low of 44.    Occasional showers next weekend, into Monday morning.  An east breeze Saturday with a high of 55, a low of 47.  A SSW breeze next Sunday with a high of 58, a low of 43.  A WSW breeze Monday, the 1st with a high of 66, a low of 38. Partly cloudy the rest of the week with west breezes, highs about 50, lows in the mid thirties.

      Bekah and Violet were here for a while working on orders.  Violet had a good morning but yesterday afternoon wasn't so good. She wouldn't take any tylenol by mouth,  Bekah was going to give her some when she gave her antibiotics.  I sent in the Prides Corner Farm order.   They were already out of a few things but may get them in.  They said to check their inventory weekly because plants will become available.  In years past their customers ordered the first week in january.  Because of availability we now have to order as quickly as a plant comes in.
      Bekah went over the Jolly Farmer order with me.  Today I'll type it up from her notes.  Shipments start coming the first week in March.  We talked about delaying starting the greenhouse by a week because of the price of propane.  Mother's day is so early next year we decided we might  have flowers ready on time if we didn't start them the first week.
       I pulled the weeds sneaking in on one side of the greenhouse.  Today I'll do the other side.  The wet weather will make next week a good week to get the greenhouse sanitized and ready for spring.  I also made some apple juice.  For a few weeks doing something with apples will be a daily chore.  Like doing dishes!
     May God be with you this day, Sally

Friday, October 22, 2021

 10/22/21  Happiness is brought  about by giving thanks for and enjoying all you have.

Cloudy with a south breeze, 54 degrees.  Some breaks of sun this afternoon with a brisk SW breeze, a high of 68, tonight's low 43.  Cloudy tomorrow with a light NNW breeze, a high of 54, a low of 35.  Sunny Tuesday with a strong WNW breeze, a high of 55, a low of 37.  Occasional showers start Monday afternoon, lasting through Tuesday and Wednesday.  A light NNW breeze Monday with a high of 51, a low of 40.  A NE breeze Tuesday with a high of 55, a low of 46.  A NE breeze Wednesday with a high of 54, a low of 42.   Cloudy Thursday with a NE breeze, a high of 53, a low of 45.  Occasional showers next  Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and into Monday morning.  A stiff east breeze Friday with a high of 56, a low of 46. A south breeze Saturday with a high of 57, a low of 44.  A WSW brezee Sunday with a high of 56, a low of 41. Possible morning showers Monday, the 1st with a brisk WNW breeze, a high of 55, a low of 38.  West breezes the rest of the week with highs in the low fifties, Lows  from 38 to 34 by the end of the week.

    With a  little help from me Debbie got the tomatoes picked and sweet potatoes dug.  Heather helped her get them weighed and in the greenhouse to cure.  I picked the broccoli,  With the forecast the broccoli will keep putting out shoots.
    Both the Heathers had made pickled beets for Bekah.  I took them down in the evening.  Violet was happy and doing well.  The visiting nurse came yesterday to make sure Bekah and Jay were keeping the feeding tube and piic line properly flushed.
    I emptied and defrosted one of my freezers  Bekah and Darel's Heather will share it.  Now I have to get the other one that I am using done.
     The Andrew's cleaned the chimney.   I cleaned the stove inside and out.  It is now a shiny black centerpiece of the kitchen again.  It makes such a difference in the appearance of the kitchen. I should do better keeping it shiny.
     Last spring I put up white curtains with butterflies and flowers on them.  I was given some white curtains with chickens on them.   The colors are more in sync with winter.  Cindy put them up for me, making the get together room seem warm and cozy.  Now I need to get the north wall banked so the house is warm!
     Back to working on spring orders today.  May God be with you, Sally

Thursday, October 21, 2021

 10/21/21 Train your mind to see the good in everything.  Your happiness depends on the quality of your thoughts.

Cloudy, calm, 44 degrees.  Cloudy today with occasional showers possible, especially this afternoon.   A light SSW breeze, a high of 62, tonight's low 51.  Light rain tomorrow morning with a stiff SW breeze, a high of 67, a low of 44.  Cloudy Saturday with a light NNW breeze, a high of 53, a low of 36.  Partly cloudy Monday with a NNW breeze, a high of 54, a low of 34.  Showers Tuesday and Wednesday with NNE breezes, highs of 52, lows of 37.  Morning clouds with afternoon sun next Thursday with ENE breezes, highs of 56, lows of 40.    Showers next Friday and Saturday with SE breezes, highs of 56, lows of 46 Friday Night , 44  Saturday Night .  Showers Sunday, the 31st, with WSW breezes, highs of 56, lows of 42.     Showers Monday. November 1st, with west breezes, a high of 54, a low of 38.  About the same on the 2ed but dry. Morning rain/snow showers Wednesday, the 3rd, rain showers Thursday, the 5th as the WNW breezes switch to WSW.

    Violet came home late yesterday.  She looks good and is so happy to be home. When she went to bed she kept snuggling in her blankets saying, " my bed."  They have to be careful not to expose her to anything now, extremely careful in a couple of days as the chemo starts affecting her immune system as well as hopefully killing the cancer.
     Gilbert had to replum for the dishwasher.  The old one was hooked up without a proper shut off and with clamps.  He put in a new shut off and drain and a regular dishwasher hose.  Instructions said to run it empty the first time.  Bekah did and it worked fine.
      I got the rest of the celery out of the garden.  Cindy cut some stalks up for my freezer and some to take home.  I cut the leaves up and put them on the dryer over the stove.  One round of celery leaves are already dried and in jars.  I have to cut the parsley today.  It is going to seed.  I've never had that happen before.
      Like the winter squash the apples are very dry.  When I make juice from them they don't make much.  It will take a lot more apples to make as much juice as I usually can.  I can it and make jelly as we need it.
      Cindy and Heather potted the perennials from the fairy gardens and put away the little things in them.  Cindy has helped get lots of odds and ends like that done.  She is going home today.  
      May God be with you this day, Sally