Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Snow Day

I had big plans for a day of power lounging.

Unfortunately, I accomplished way more than intended.

The cats sure know how to power lounge.

There was a short nap

A walk up to the mailbox

And a nice supper.

All for a whole lot of cold and not that much snow.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

A Pre-Winter Wander

Day light savings time and several jolts of frigid all in the same week have been a bit disorienting.

Fall wasn't quite finished.

Plenty frosted and frozen color was still happening.

Then bam! Winter was here.

All of a sudden it seemed like I was way behind in putting gardens to bed for the winter.

The big fear was having to do it in the frigid.

I don't worry about that in my own garden. I am content to wait for a nice crushing snow. The ramp seed is ready to lay down.

With each frigid jolt the barren time draws closer.

That is when the native Witch Hazel, Hamamelis virginiana blooms.

It is looking to be a another super bloom year. So far. I expect it to pause for the upcoming lows in the low teens this week, but you never know. That is a pretty cold jolt for November.

The Buddha remains guard.

And I wander in the fast fading light of late afternoon.

Today was tolerable enough for the cats to come out.

Our winter boarder is settling in for the dark cold routine.

Fall still lingers and a very nice standing freeze dried is taking hold.

But I wander just a bit impatient and could not resist some light chopping to get things started.

The Under Garden of winter will soon be here.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019


Late fall is turning into winter rather quickly this year. Another round of rain snow will be arriving tomorrow night. The low 20's is the destination.

I'm thinking Friday will be below my minimum operating temperature most of the day.

That means I can stay home much later in the morning to finish closing down the house next door and finalize my own needed winterizing before heading out to get vats of pond scum ready for the cold. I heard a whisper of teens for next week.

Inside where it's warm

I pretty much pinkie swore I was not going to end up with a house full of plants.

It happens when you stay in one place long enough. Stuff accumulates.

There is good news. I'm not a hoarder. I decided some things could be annuals and left them out in the cold to die.

There is some interesting news too. Inside my tiny house there is some object, some trinket, a shiny object I picked up along the way, that covers the span of my life, all the beautiful places I have lived and so many friends along the way.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

First Snow

It began as big rain.

The temperature plummeted thirty five degrees on All Hallows Eve.

Water turned to ice and snow.

The saints woke up to the first dusting.

Fall on ice.

The Under Garden draws near.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The Biggest Fall Color

The Sisters arrived at the perfect time to see the peak of fall color and take their mother back to her wintering grounds. That means I have been busy this week. No reason not to share the fall color with you from high on the low spot of a North Carolina mountain top.