Sunrise and definitive proof of fall

Leaves on the ground.

A few days ago I posted a picture of the ash trees all dressed up in their orange and yellow leaves. Yesterday when we came home from school the leaves were all on the ground as the trees had emptied themselves for winter, I forgot to take a picture of the later until last evening just before is got too dark. I was upstairs in my room getting ready to sit down to watch the latest episode of the 13th season of The Voice, and I stepped outside to take this picture first. This would be a great weekend to have grandchildren over to the house, but instead we are all busy running one place or another. It is also getting harder and harder to just pack up either set of them and drag them to this place for a weekend. Hopefully by the time James and I are 81 and 80, it will be easier to transport them than us. We also have not made any headway in our efforts to move things around here to open up more room for overnight guests. Maybe this winter when we have nothing better to do in the dark of night. HA! I am sure by that time we will be baking something or canning something else or even putting out the seedlings for the garden next summer. This past week has been one of picking the rest of the garden and dragging everything inside to the house or garage or wherever it fits, which means the van gets to stand outside like an unloved child.

We made a little room on the table inside the house after when we did the last batch of tomatoes on Monday night. We started as soon as we got home and ended the evening fairly early–8:30 ish. The results were: 1 qt and 1 pint of juice, 4 qts. of spaghetti sauce and 3 qts. of soup, plus a 3/4 filled qt of each of those last two. Those have been put in the fridge and will have to go to the top of the menu real soon. I don’t understand quite how they happened. I measured out the spaghetti sauce into a quart jar before putting them into a kettle. Perhaps that reduces as you warm it. Learned something there. As for the soup, I wasn’t quite sure on that, and I should have known it would expand with the additions of butter, sugar (that always adds volume) and then the flour for thickening.

As I sit at the kitchen table to write this the sun is streaming through the east window nearly blinding me. I have been sneaking peeks at it rising almost like a space ship at lift off. It’s rays are so intense this morning they seem to blur in the cool fall morning. Interestingly, the winds came up with the sun. I was outside earlier to take these pictures of the pre-sunrise, and I don’t remember being bothered by a breeze. By the way they are in order as you see them from left to right.

Sunrise 10-11-17

Later I stepped out onto the east deck to snap the final shot (and the door closed and locked behind me, and I did not have on the large coat I wore earlier) I saw the branches moving on the trees then felt the wind as I ran around the house to get to the garage door and inside. All in all, it is a very pretty morning her in the northern part of South Dakota. I pray today for those recovering from the hurricanes, the earthquakes and now going through the horrors of the wildfires in California. May God see fit to bring them some rain to quench the demons racing through that area. I think we will be singing “Showers of Blessing” this Sunday in our way of asking God for some respite.

No time to post

I didn’t realize until I opened the blog today that I have not taken time to post in a few days. I would guess it has given some of you a break from my drivel. It has been a really busy week. Paulina and I looked at each other Saturday in middle of the apples, and my comment was at least we didn’t plant pumpkins. I guess we do the every other year thing with pumpkins and apples. It is just that pumpkins are less labor intensive. I plan to spend tomorrow on the apples alone, and not sure how much more time I will give them. I have a few pictures to share that I forgot about, plus just some general pics I took tonight.

Apple pie filling

Apple pie filling

We made these 7 quarts of apple pie filling on Saturday in the early afternoon. Paulina dug out the recipe, and we got to work on it as best we could. I always have such a fit when it says, 6 pounds of apples. I don’t have a dang scale. Maybe I need to get one. I want measurements in pints, quarts or gallons. Anyway I found a conversion that said 3 medium apples are one pound. We cored and  peeled and sliced enough apples to fill 7 quarts. Then we combined 10 cups of water, 4 1/2 cups of sugar, 1 TB of cinnamon, 1 tsp of nutmeg and 3TB of lemon juice. The hard part was the 1 cup of corn starch. I substituted flour, but didn’t do a great job with the lumps. I know how to make that work better. We took turns beating it in with a mixer, but I would do a better job on that in the future, and perhaps tomorrow I will take a shot at it. The few that we had to pull out to make the head space fit better tasted fantastic. Can’t wait to use these. We also made 5 quarts of apple sauce later in the day, and filled the dehydrator over and over.

Below are fall pictures of the world outside tonight. I was in school today, and so no apples were done in mass today. I have lots of plans for tomorrow, just hope that the past week doesn’t catch up to me and drag me down. After the funeral on Wednesday followed by a late board meeting and two days of substituting, a full Saturday of apples and a regular Sunday and then the association meeting in Pierre where I had to give the meditation, which was not the Sunday morning message then sub today, I sort of feel like blah enough already. I just want to look at the pictures below and feel the peace of the fall day.

The grassy hill behind the creek with the reflection of the sunset.

The grassy hill behind the creek with the reflection of the sunset.

Trees behind the dike east of our house.

Trees behind the dike east of our house.

Birds in the trees.

Birds in the trees.

The garden during fall. Quite a different picture than last spring or even this summer.

The garden during fall. Quite a different picture than last spring or even this summer.

The rain last night filled the barrel, oh we needed that moisture.

The rain last night filled the barrel, oh we needed that moisture.

Cosmos are finished. I need to get seeds off these tomorrow.

Cosmos are finished. I need to get seeds off these tomorrow.

Strawberries need to be covered when it gets colder.

Strawberries need to be covered when it gets colder.

The ash trees have given up their leaves. Maybe Jaxon and I will spend some time playing in them next week.

The ash trees have given up their leaves. Maybe Jaxon and I will spend some time playing in them next week.

The sun is setting in the west. I took this at an angle just for the fun of it.

The sun is setting in the west. I took this at an angle just for the fun of it.

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