Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Changing Seasons

We've been hit with early-onset winter over here. Usually we get a few nights of frost, and then it gets heavier and more frequent and THEN we get snow. This year we had a lovely long Indian Summer with a late first frost, but it hasn't gone away now. While contemplating changing my banner to indicate autumn, we bypassed that season altogether and went directly to winter.

Besides effecting my banner possibitilities, it effected my kale. As with all of my gardening plans, they are not based on experience but just on what I've heard or read. I wanted it to be hit by frost a few times, but this year it was frozen solid for days before I got to it on Saturday.

Besides freezing my hands while snapping off the frozen leaves, it turned out just fine. We have many meals of kale in the freezer now and had our first meal on Saturday night. I also ate my last fresh swiss chard until next year.

With the cold weather came a change in the light. I actually like it. It's a cozy light, making me want to start projects in the house. I started a few projects in the sewing room that I can't talk about here right now. And today I started a project in front of this new fireplace.

Yvon laughs at me because I've got the chair pulled in close. Laura will be the first to benefit. I'm just hoping that my hands don't cramp up before my next free lesson.


Coralee said...

you crochet, too! I am jealous - I've not been able to accomplish anything with the yarn arts as of yet!

Bonita said...

Well knock me over with a hook... you're crocheting!! Good for you! I'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as I like knitting! Maybe I'll give the hook a whirl one of these days too.... looks like a nice project. And I love your new fireplace! Does it throw off any heat?

Rosa said...

Look at you!
You've got me beat once again.
I'm still on the single crochet! lol

Elizabeth Davis said...

Hi Evelyn!

I really have enjoyed seeing your pictures and reading some of your posts.

I recently discovered that my family loves kale!

A friend gave me an easy recipe for kale soup that is a big hit around here...2 quarts chicken broth, one package Italian sausage (browned and drained), 2 cans great northern beans, and a huge bunch of kale (I'm not sure how much, really). Wilt the kale by sauteeing it in a pan with olive oil and garlic. Then add it to the other ingredients. Simmer for about an hour. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

My husband loves this soup. It looks pretty strange, but it is really quite good.

Thanks for visiting Life Worth the Living and for your encouraging comments.

Hope you have a great day!

Elizabeth (ladybugg606 from Down to Earth community forum)