Saturday, September 12, 2009

Cooler Weather

Well, I think it has officially turned the corner here. Fall is finally upon us. We have been under 100 degrees for over a week now. We also have received some desperately needed rain. I am off this weekend (shush- I don't wanna jinx it) so I was really wanting to get some work done out in the garden. Of course it is way to wet to do that but thats ok! There is always next week. Right now it is just nice to be able to open up the house and air it out.
Summer here can be almost worse than winter. Most years we keep the a/c off till about the end of June. We weren't so lucky this year. This summer is one I will always remember as it has been the worst hot and dry year in my lifetime. The prediction's for the fall and winter are probably going to be colder and wetter than usual as well. What can you do? One day at a time right?

I am amazed at our yellow squash this year. It just doesn't want to give up the ghost. We are still getting great production from the east garden. I almost have enough for another round of canning. There is no telling what it will do after all this rain the past couple of days. All I can say is "Bring it on!". For awhile there it was slowed down to a few little babies every two or three days. Imagine my surprise the other day when I went down to check on it and there were 8 giant (but tender) ones waiting for me! Not enough for a canner load so I am dehydrating them now. It might take a bit longer than usual though as the humidity is thru the roof right now. Hey, the one thing I have is time right?

I am pleased to report that the serrano peppers we started from seed have dozens of little baby peppers on them. I was beginning to think they weren't going to produce at all. This is the first time we have started peppers from seed so it has been fun just to see how they will do. Looks like we hit a home run!

We have been having problems with a coon trying to steal the catfood again. Not stealing it out of the bowls but trying to hijack the whole bucket. I have found the dang bucket several yards away on a few occasions. Thank goodness he can't get the lid off. Yesterday morning I was leaving for work and walked out to find a HUGE coon trying to hijack the kitty food. He was not happy with me at all for disturbing him. He started hissing and hacking at me before he ran away. The thing has to weigh at least 20 pounds. We really need to set the live trap and catch the dang thing.

Well, thats all I have for now. I hope everyone has a wonderful day. Mine will be full of housework as its too wet for gardening!


  1. Sci~We are getting storm clouds here too, thunder, lightning the whole bit just not much rain falling.:( I'm glad you are finally getting some rain. :)

    Good deal on the Serrano peppers, mine were a dud.


  2. The weather here is crazy too - but crazy in a good way. For the past 3 straight weeks we have had clear blue skies, sunny, dry and hot with temps in 75-80F!!! We are having cooler evenings of course but nowhere near frost yet!!! And this weather is supposed to stay with us for another 2 weeks - its wonderful!
    We have been getting a regular load of tomatoes every day but still able to eat them and i have hundreds out on the vine ripening. We harvested one of our tires and got close to 20lbs of potatoes out of the top three tires of one tire stack. i still have 13 more tire stacks to harvest - woohoo! i will do a post with pics on the Nova Scotia Preppers Network tomorrow!
    And be careful of that coon - he sounds like he really wants that kitty food!!!

  3. Ah, cooler weather finally arrives and what do I do? Drive 300 miles south to the Valley and do my best not to melt in the 102 degree daytime temps!! I'll be back to San Antonio Friday evening and home with Yeoldfurt by Saturday afternoon. Can't wait to enjoy those cooler temps with you guys!