"Never Miss A Sunset"

Listen! the wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, we have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!-Humbert Wolfe, English poet (1886-1940)

I always think of this book “Never Miss A Sunset” by Jeanette Gilge whenever I see a  sunset.  The book is set in the early 1900’s.  As the oldest of ten children,  she struggles with her family through a bitter winter on their north-wood’s Wisconsin homestead.  It’s a worthwhile read.

This was the first measurable rain on our homestead in months – what a blessing!  It really poured and we  received over 2” yesterday, which is purty durn good so early in the season.    Don’t you just love it when the seasons change?  The damp and nippy weather means a couple of  things: sweaters,  scarves, socks and soup…. and snuggling up with a kitty and knitting project.

Of course, the first rain of the season is, especially here in LA, filled with lots of crap.  So we didn’t “roll out the barrels” for collecting any as it washed away a summer’s season of pollution from the sky and roof.

Fall is not only a time for planting and putting up but also  for cleaning.    I don’t know if it’s just on our place or not, but seems like there are spider webs everywhere I look, inside and outside the house.   There are so many, it’s beginning to look like a haunted house! One day I do a good clean sweep of the “infernal” spider webs (as my sister likes to call them)  and the next day the spiders string ‘em back up with new ones   to boot  just to spite me.    Figure I’ll let them be till the rains take the webs down (recent storm did a mighty fine job).  Now as for the ones in the house: sorry, spiders, you  have to go.

We are getting the place ready for colder weather so there’s a ½ cord of wood stacked up  nicely in the driveway to keep our little home snug.    It’s not cold enough to use the wood stove just yet.   But, ‘ tis cold enough to bring out the heavy blankets and put on  an extra layer of clothing.   We are  hoping Mr Frost stays away since the summer crops are still producing quite nicely.  There’s another flush of beans, squash, peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, etc.

If you noticed, our site is once again  under attack – happens every time we publish the monthly harvest numbers (darn right suspicious, if you ask me!).  Perhaps you’ve noticed this and some “other” changes too… my sister is at her wit’s end and appreciates your patience and will be making a statement soon about the recent additions to this blog.

Just received a printed 2012 LITTLE HOMESTEAD IN THE CITY CALENDAR.   Jeepers, sure was hard to choose the pictures but I think you are going to enjoy it  as it is, once again, filled with humorous and beautiful shots.   Speaking of calendars the 2012 MOON CALENDARS have also arrived which will help you plant with the moon cycles.

Another fall seed shipment is coming and  we’ll be putting them out at the Front Porch Farm Stand or you can purchase them online.  Check out Jordanne’s selection of animal product for backyard barnyard

This Monday we’ll be giving an “in home” canning class to a local woman’s group so we stocked up on our favorite Canning Kits and supplies.

Our friends the West Ladies new “Farmer’s Daughter” CD is here!  This hour long CD is filled with songs from the Appalachian hills, old Hymns, and several original tunes written and sung in their own unique style, all of which  reflect the West Ladies’ faith, their agrarian lifestyle, country fun, and family togetherness.

Here are some clips from their celebratory shindig at their homestead.

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  1. Ginger says:

    We had rain all day yesterday and woke up to snow this morning. I am determined to have a good attitude about it this year. I love your posts and what your family is accomplishing regardless of weirdos who are jealous of your work. I’m smiling for you and sending a prayer of peace your way.

  2. Joy Giles says:

    Still waiting on rain here in Texas. Maybe this weekend.

  3. Nebraska Dave says:

    Anais, missed our rain here. It flew through Nebraska from south to north but missed my area. We are supposed to get more starting some time during the night. We will see.

  4. Nicki - the Netherlands - Europe says:

    October is the start of fall around here, sweaters, rain, putting on the heater etc. But last ten days or so, it’s been full summer around here. People lining up to go to the beach, I was even cycling in my t-shirt.
    A summer we’ve hardly had. rain, rain, rain, rain, rain and rain. Normally it’s a good time for camping.
    In spring we had two months of summer en draught. Normally it’s chilly and rainy for the major part of the spring, with a couple of promissing days.
    Climate change comes with extremes.

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