Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!!!

Forget the ghouls and goblins--what is really scary here at Chateau Sutton-Goar is my mood at being on day 5 of idiot-injury recovery. 

To be fair, all the standing during canning to cope with this

 (which is not quite the entire green tomato harvest) had already aggravated my back, but falling didn't help.  And if your hip hurts AND your back is sore from standing, you're left with laying down with periodic bouts of standing, which is a really good way to get a case of the grumpies with a side of cabin fever, since riding in a car involves sitting.  So, we spent the weekend at home, and by now I'm positively excited about doing anything--even more canning. 

Well, sort of.............


Sunday, October 30, 2011

October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month

Oops!  Almost missed it.  A classmate of mine is raising a little girl with spina bifida, and I knew next to nothing about it when I heard that.  Which makes an "Awareness Month" a very good idea:

http://www.cdc.gov/features/spinabifida/

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Lessons Learned This Week

*  Before freaking out about only getting 12 jars of curried green tomato sauce instead of 15, it might be wise to check to see how many jars I got last year from the same recipe.

*  Getting excited about the end of the garden might be a bit premature considering how many green tomatoes are still waiting for me.

*  To say I hurt my hip because I somehow got my feet tangled underneath a cupboard drawer and fell is just about the dumbest thing I've ever had to admit--I think I'll just claim it's early onset arthritis.

*  Asters and Bachelor Buttons can survive some amount of frost, or at least the amount we've had so far.

*  Flies can also survive frost, dang it!

*  Having a few extra pain pills around "just in case" would indeed have been a really slick idea if they had numbed pain even half as much as the subsequent white chocolate martini

Monday, October 24, 2011

May the Tokens Forgive Me.........

Whee--hee-hee-hee-hee-hee-hee--hee--hee, put the hose away...
Whee--hee-hee-hee-hee-hee-hee--hee--hee, put the hose away...


A hoe away, a rake away, a hose away, a trowel away
A hoe away, a rake away, a hose away, a trowel away

In the back yard, the weedy backyard,
The garden dies tonight...
In the back yard, the mangy backyard,
The garden dies tonight...


Whee--hee-hee-hee-hee-hee-hee--hee--hee, put the hose away...
Whee--hee-hee-hee-hee-hee-hee--hee--hee, put the hose away...

Hush my darling, don't fear my darling,
The lawn will die tonight

Hush my darling, don't fear my darling,
The garden dies tonight

Whee--hee-hee-hee-hee-hee-hee--hee--hee, put the hose away...
Whee--hee-hee-hee-hee-hee-hee--hee--hee, put the hose away...

Frost Cometh!

Tonight it's finally supposed to frost--about 14-19 days after our normal frost date.  I have been frantically harvesting green tomatoes, peppers, and the cool zinnias that I want to use for seeds.  Andy mowed for what we SERIOUSLY hope will be the last time for the year, and we are SO ready to see all the plants die for the year.  And the bugs.  Most especially the bugs.  Very, very definitely the bugs.........

Saturday, October 22, 2011