Autumnal abundance and dearth

The leaves are beginning to yellow a bit, and last week the blueberries from out Rabbit Lakes/Peak 2 way were almost over ripe.

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This is a time of plenty and of lack. We are losing warmth, but the garden, despite another year of sporadic attention, is full of turnips and potatoes and some other less abundant delicacies (gooseberries and fava beans and pears and such)… And chickens and bees. My new part time job leaves me more time and more relaxation, even in the face of much less money. But enough to live simply. I’d much rather have the time and need to make a mashed turnip and greens casserole from the garden than have to go out to eat because it is late and I’m too exhausted to cook. This all local salmon, new potatoes and peas (thanks dad!), and broccoli dish was even better than going out anyway!

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Unfortunately, I feel I could use even more time. Some plumbing things popped up last month and I had water dripping from my ceiling twice – both times it turned out to be minor (tightening the sink faucet and the shower drain in unit 1), but a bit of time. Also the unit 4 dishwasher pump went out, so I’ve ordered a decent energy star dishwasher from Sears. Could have gotten a used dishwasher from the Restore for much less than the $517, but I’m hoping the less than 3 gallons of water per load will pay off. Currently my yearly water bills are more than gas or electric bills! Not to mention the gas for heating the water.
And the to-do list goes on: put the T1-11 siding up around the south entry, finish off some other exterior siding bits, build the winter chicken coop, harvest honey, harvest veggies and put the yard to sleep, finish tiling the bathroom, paint and trim the living room, a million more projects for energy efficiency and needed upgrades. Basic housecleaning. The usual! I know partly I need to relax and know that things will get done, and no one but the annuals are dying, but it would be nice to get to a point of more conclusive rest. Which is how we northern folk get to actually looking forward to winter every year, despite the brief, fervid summer!

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2 responses to “Autumnal abundance and dearth

  1. All this while I am looking for full time work. Friends are harvesting my eggs, tomatoes, green beens, crookneck squash, and cucumbers. I like my 18 hours a week but it won’t keep me from being a bag lady in 5 years. Beautiful photos of the boys picking blueberries and the bountiful supper.

  2. Am I in your delivery area? The dinner looks great and I feel like I’m ballooning to unnatural size due to my change in schedule and inability to keep healthy food at hand…sigh. Hopefully, with the rapid drop in temperature here (once the rain lets up), I’ll get out more with the bike on the weekends and have some adventures… as it is now I only go to the library and back, but the uphill on the way home leaves me icky sticky in the summer. Blech!

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