Last night we had our first frost of the fall season. Dan covered up our squash, and Nathan and I picked all the bell peppers and okra yesterday in preparation. It was cold and wet, and we were relegated to playing inside almost all day. It will be an adjustment to transition from being outside all the time, to spending most of our time inside. I can already tell you that it’s been a little rough on both Nathan and Mom (me!).
I confess I’m not totally prepared for cold weather, especially after I did a clothing assessment yesterday for Nathan. All of his winter coats, hats, and mittens were a size 12-18 mos. and so doing chores in the morning meant layering several sweatshirts, borrowing Dan’s smallest hat, and the winter boots he had picked up at Goodwill when we forgot Nathan’s shoes on our trip to Rochester. His hands were pretty cold after 30 minutes, even though he was chasing the cats around, happy as could be. By the time we picked peppers and spinach, he was done. It was so cold with the wind and clouds that we decided a walk was out of the question. So, now I’m on the hunt for a coat, mittens, hat and snowsuit for my little outdoors man.
A nice, hearty, steaming bowl of Chicken and Rice soup with a spinach salad from the garden was our supper. It really hit the spot and left us all feeling cozy and warm in spite of the weather. The spinach is almost finished, and doesn’t blink an eye to the frost. I’ll be sad when we have to buy fresh greens from the store, although the kale and swiss chard are taking the frost like champions.
Dan has picked up a cold and is downing garlic and Vitamin C supplements, while Nathan and I are doing our best to wash our hands consistently, take our vitamins and stock up on preventative doses of Elderberry Syrup. It’s that time of year, isn’t it?
The week flew by with all the activities we had planned. Wednesday night we had tickets to a Christian comedy duo that came to perform at the Auditorium in Worthington, called the Skit Guys. They lived up to our expectations, and we had tears in our eyes from all the laughter! We joined 700 other people to see their performance which sold out in two weeks! I’m so glad we got tickets and our neighbor was available to babysit Nathan for a rare night out.
Thursday was gorgeous! Nathan helped me harvest all our decorative squash, until I realized the wheelbarrow had a flat tire! Dan came to the rescue when he came home. I had my midwife appointment that evening and served Chili with one of my favorite salads: spinach, red onion, pecans, craisins, goat cheese and a raspberry vinaigrette dressing. I love salad! My bill of health (and the baby’s) is excellent and things are moving along normally. Time is flying by and baby could be here as soon as 7 weeks or as late as 11!!
Friday we hosted a potluck dinner for our group of foodie friends. Joseph and Berty donated pork chops they had purchased from a producer that raises American Guinea Hog. It’s a smaller heritage breed known for its meat. The chops were spectacular and we inhaled them with some apple chutney on the side, roasted veggies and squash. I have come to love our little group that is dedicated to making a truly organic, whole foods, homemade meal once a month! I always look forward to the stellar food and excellent friendships!
Saturday was another gorgeous day, after at least 5 inches of rain this week! Dan and Nathan took seven roosters and sold them to another farmer. The remaining hens will be our new egg layers. Dan said that after a month of training Nathan has really become a skilled 1 yr. old at collecting eggs! He can now carefully put them in the bucket himself, with the occasional cracked egg, usually due to his extreme excitement in finding them in the lower nests. He LOVES to help with chores!
Saturday lunch was shared with a college friend of mine and her family on their way home from vacation in Wyoming. It was a beautiful day for all the kids to run around outside, eat raspberries, hold the cats, explore the property and salvage produce from the garden while we reminisced and I took notes on their excellent parenting skills. It was a sweet reunion! That evening we took advantage of the weather and went to visit Grandpa and Grandma. Nathan took a ride on the 4 wheeler and entertained us all with his silly antics! Sunday we all took our naps and then spoke at a church group about our previous work and travels in Sudan, Iraq and India while Nathan spent quality time with his Aunt Rachel.
And that’s the news from this rainy-now-frosty week on the farm!