Jack Frost hits the skies after a rain storm

What lovely weather we been having!

Good thing my husband got up on our roof and gave our gutters a good blast with the leaf blower.  The higher gutters hadn’t been cleaned for a couple of years, and they were packed full of a rich humus. I saw the remainder  running out the hoses we attached to the rain barrels as those storms moved through, nutrient rich!

I keep a 5 gallon bucket at the end of the patio, it looks murky, but it’s nice for washing the mud off the patio.

Nutrient rich.

Nutrient rich.

Everywhere I have my little reservoirs.

Water capture and delivery system all in one.

Water capture and delivery system all in one.

The plastic I laid out to kill weeds got rolled around in the wind, creating little lakes for boot washing. 

Land o' Lakes

Land o’ Lakes

My nopals love this weather, wet at night, sunny and dry in the daytime.

At one time these were crammed into one pot, now they stand over my head.

At one time these were crammed into one pot, now they stand over my head.

Now weatherman says, get ready for Jack Frost. After that last rain, the rooftops around my house were very white. I been having a hard time deciding where my sensitive plants would be safe. I realize our greenhouse is too exposed this time of year, I’d have to put lights in there to keep them safe, or a fan at the very least – $$$$. So, I clustered them around my front door, under the overhang where we installed a ceiling fan for the dogs. It keeps them cool on the hottest days and keeps the flies away too.

These are some of my beloved aloe vera pots. You'd think I'd given  birth to them the way I fuss over them.

These are some of my beloved aloe vera pots. You’d think I’d given birth to them the way I fuss over them.

In Winter, the fan keeps the chill off the porch somewhat, like the big fans farmers use on their orchards. I put the pots in little groups that will be easy to cover with freeze cloth. If it’s looking below 30, I can load them into my red wagon and move them into the garage.

I looked at Accuweather, it says the temps will slip down into the 20’s over Thanksgiving. I try to get myself mentally prepared by thinking warm thoughts and stowing away a hot meal.

My husband made a pot of chili with beans and whatever else he felt like throwing in there.

This is my husband’s version of chili with beans.

I won’t lie – that’s Jiffy cornbread. Have you noticed, corn meal is expensive lately? What’s with that? I find the Jiffy mix for .99 at Walmart.  

Ever wonder why Jiffy is America’s Favorite? Sit down – it’s LARD. Yes, it’s in the mix. This was shocking to me when I first read the ingredients, in today’s health conscious America? But my grandma stored bacon grease in a tin on her stove top and used it for biscuits and frying chicken, and in my dreams I walk in the aroma of her kitchen.

Of course, our kitchen smells pretty good these days. It’s that wonderful time of year for stew and beans and all kinds of casserole dishes, corn bread, banana bread, soda biscuits, all the good stuff. 

Winter’s not so bad. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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