Monday, October 06, 2008

It's Over...for this year anyway

The pumpkins on the kitchen counter attest to our first hard freeze of Fall. Last night our temperatures here at the farm saw us in the low 20s F. And this morning saw the first ice formed on the waterers for the sheep. Oi! I hope we get Fall back again before winter gets here in earnest.
I also remembered a few plants we still had out on the decks at about 10 o'clock last night. I thought I would try to winter over the rosemary (above) and the miniature rose (below). The rosemary was placed on a metal chair in the sunroom and the rose, poor thing, was uncereamoniously scooped up with its pot in a barn bucket then placed on top of "stuff" I had on the glass top table in the sunroom. I hadn't planned on bringing in plants just yet, but I always check The Weather Channel before I head for bed. There it was in big bold letter for our area exclusively: HARD FREEZE WARNING!
I now feel vindicated for putting the electric blanket on the bed this last week. I just had a feeling that we needed more than the wool blanket. I was so glad I did too.
As I wasn't sleeping well and the cats kept yowling at me around midnight, I got up and went out in the living room for a bit to see if they would settle down. When I came back to bed I saw my Hired-Hand-With-Benefits curled up as if he was freezing. I looked over and saw that yes, his blanket was "on". I knew his feet must've been cold (mine were!) so I grabbed a quilt and doubled it up over our feet for the night. By morning I had a nice little World of Warmth created for myself and I really didn't want to come out from under to face the morning.
And if it weren't for the smell of fresh coffee, I might have stayed longer. The heater hadn't kicked on, but I had three cats curled up in my lap as I drank my first cup. Three Dog Nights just don't compare to Three Cat Mornings...


*Note: Yes, Michelle - pumpkins and squash will ripen if you keep them in a dry place, elevated off the floor a bit. I use old worn out drainers for dishes from the kitchen as they elevate the pumpkins and let air circulate beneath. This since I don't have a root cellar. :)

9 comments:

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Will the pumpkins continue to ripen indoors? We have ONE beautiful orange pumpkin on our vine; the rest all shriveled up shortly after setting on. There may be a battle between Brian and I on whether it's going to be a carving pumpkin or an eating pumpkin! Pioneer Woman had a yummy-looking recipe on her blog for pumpkin butter....

Kathy said...

I should add that it may take a while for the pumpkins to ripen, but it's worth it and they don't eat anything.

Cheryle Hoover Davis said...

I know what you mean! Good thing I picked all my green tomatoes yesterday! Fried Green Tomatoes coming up! YUM!

The 'frost was on the pumpkin' last night...for sure!

Wrensong Farm said...

Ah, first frost.....I have some hardy gardenias and some water hyacinth that I thought I would try to winter over indoors....guess I better get to it! We haven't had our first frost yet, but it's been nippy enough to have a fire in the woodstove. I LOVE how cozy it is under the covers in the morning...it definitely makes it hard to get moving!

Nancy K. said...

I am just amazed by how long your winters are! Stay warm, dear lady, stay warm.....

Mim said...

Ahh that is cold. So far so good here just a few cold nights that killed leaves on the tender plants. Pumpkins are still doing well here.

Sharon said...

We woke up to a warm morning but snow is forecasted for this weekend - it always seems to go that way. We don't have much of a garden, but Mim has a huge one and she shares. Thanks for the info on the kitty formula. DIL says she was using it but was glad for you're reinforcement.

~~Sittin.n.Spinnin said...

*sigh*
Im not done with summer yet :(

Tammy said...

Kathy,

I just can't believe summer is over...I'm not sure I can handle you going into winter already..all that cold...all that snow.. I feel for you! When do you normally get your first snow?
Tammy