Here’s what I said on an autumn day nine years ago. Photo credit goes to La Petite. She was already talented with a camera back then.
Things I can do now until the cold weather strikes:
*Clean the bunny litter boxes outside with the hose
*Take small amounts of easily digestible compost out to the bin
*Shake rugs out on the deck in my stocking feet
*Take out garbage and recycling without a coat or jacket
*Rake leaves (a simple pleasure)
*Harvest from the garden, the last frost did it in
*Sit out on the backyard swing, it’s just a bit too cold to enjoy
*Leave the windows open, because the heat is on
But I can enjoy:
*Coffee or tea or hot spiced apple cider in a favorite mug
*A wood fire blazing in the fireplace
*NFL or college football on television
*leaves falling outside as I read a book in the cozy, warm den
Know what, readers? Not much has changed. I now compost through the winter with a second bin closer to the house. I still carry the bunny boxes outside, and after I empty them in the compost or in the garden, I rinse them with water from the rain barrels instead of using the hose. It’s windy enough today that I don’t feel the need to rake leaves, but I don’t mind the chore. I pile the leaves, like the biodegradable litter, on top of the raised beds. No wonder my tomatoes grow so tall!
Readers, how about you? Do your fall chores stay the same each year? Or differ greatly?
It is so amazing how taking time to reflect on the little things really means so much. I do the raking of the front each fall, and don’t worry about the back. With the 2 large and one medium sized tree, there is plenty to do. I look forward to a great workout in the yard, and then having something to show for all my work.
Now, time to get a cup of hot tea so I can get to work while children sleep.