Today's ToT is "10 Ways You Are Embracing Autumn", but I'm not embracing autumn as much as I'm hanging on to it with my fingernails. Autumn is here for a day and then winter works her way in and tries to smother it. I'm going to hang on and embrace as many beautiful days as are left in this fall!
1. Walk under the blue sky! (See yesterday's post if you've never seen my blue sky.) Sometimes I spend so much time craning my neck to see ALL THAT BLUE, that I have a neck ache when I return, but hey, it's a small price to pay.
2. I save summer by keeping our garden goodies in any way I can. The garden has now, for the most part, been overcome by frost, but over the weekend I made the last pot of tomato sauce for the year. The last pot is always bittersweet, as by this time, I'm sick of making tomato sauce, but I'm not sick of eating fresh garden tomatoes.
3. Get the garden ready for to winter over, while this is Smith's job (he loves it) I help make decisions on where certain crops will be planted. He's readying an area for garlic planting, which will happen in the next week.
4. I also keep an eye out for anything left to harvest, which at this point is the Brussels sprouts (there may yet be chance of harvest) and the last of the beautiful beets.
5. The best way to enjoy fall is to take a drive and watch the leaves change. This weekend may offer the only time I have to do so and I hope there is something left of the show.
6. I knit. My knitting may seem like a myth, as I rarely talk about it (as of late), but I'm finally knitting again after a week off to let my fingers heal. They've healed beautifully because I took extra care to protect the blisters. (Update on the knitting to come.)
7. I eat apples, fresh local apples.I hope to make it to one of the last farmers market this weekend and load up on a what may be my favorite fruit. I may even bake an apple crisp.
8. Make plans for future knitting, update the honey-do list, and while making pots of chili. Why is it so much of my autumn embracing has to do with cooking (and eating)?
9. Decorate with pumpkins! I'm going to buy a variety of pumpkins and put them by my front door to welcome visitors. Come on by!
10. Watch the sunrise and soak up any remaining warmth in the sunny days ahead!