So I’m making the best of things. I’ve got my fall decorations up and just enjoyed a piece of homemade pumpkin bread with a cup of Earl Grey tea. I finally gave in and put some socks on my chilly feet. I prefer bare feet in my Birkenstocks but at least I’ve got these very cute tie-dye socks from Maggie’s Organics:
I’ve started cozy-ing up the house, washing all the afghans and making sure there is one within reach no matter where one sits. I’ve traded summery accessories for things like a bowl of realistic-looking fruit and a large basket with my yarn sitting on the coffee table. I’m going to be crocheting granny squares through the winter to make a large afghan. I’m also on the lookout for a new puzzle to set out and will put a few of our board games on the end of the hearth for easy access.
I’m putting off switching out of my usual skirts and sandals for as long as possible. I may have to wear socks with my sandals (only at home!) and add a hoodie over my tank tops. At least I have lots of pretty scarves to look forward to wearing.
One of my current projects is trying to get at least one of the kittens to be willing to curl up and sleep in my lap. One thing I do like to do in the winter is to curl up with a blanket, cat and good book. So far Gracey seems to be our best shot at having a lap cat. Marley is the most cuddly and loving but for some reason he doesn’t like to be in the house although he’s fine in the laundry room. Berkeley doesn’t like to be held quite as much and Dharma is the least likely suspect in the group.
The other thing on my mind is preparing for winter. We used up all the wood we bought last year so we’ll need to order some. I also like to have a good stock of food on hand. My pantry is fairly well-stocked but my chest freezer is empty. I mean utterly, completely empty. David turned off one of the breakers while replacing an electrical outlet in the laundry room, didn’t realize it was the same circuit the freezer is on, and didn’t turn it back on. This was just before we left for New Orleans and he didn’t discover the situation until it had been off about 10 days. Oops. He felt just awful about it but as I told him, at least I hadn’t ever gotten around to putting up a bunch of summer produce this year. Additionally, since we so rarely eat meat these days it didn’t contain any other than a box of bacon pieces and a one-pound package of hamburger I didn’t remember was in there. That means it also didn’t smell all that bad!
Since I have a nice, clean freezer to start with I’m going to go about filling it in a more organized fashion. I bought sturdy plastic baskets so I can easily keep things sorted. I’m going to keep a written inventory of what’s in there. I’m also going to start baking bread, making cookie dough and pizza crusts to freeze. Maybe start making big batches of soups to freeze in meal-size portions. And I’ll be placing a large order of organic frozen fruits and veggies with the co-op next month. In a way, it’s rather nice to start from scratch.
How do you feel about the change of seasons? Are you looking forward to winter? What’s your favorite season and why?