We finally had our first hard freeze two nights ago. On Facebook folks are posting their first snows. Ugh! I am so not ready for that at all.
This week has been the week I have begun to get ready. I put gas stabilizer in the two mowers and ran them to get the engines ready for the winter. I put them under the back deck and covered them.
I will put one more tarp over the two of them, but for now they are almost ready.
I moved the tool shed this morning and I gathered up all the various yard tools that needed to be put away. I put the watering can in there too.
Yesterday I rearranged the living room and swept out corners. I have begun to rub all the wood furniture with orange and oil to clean them well. It is time to close the windows. Although leaves come in the back door, there should be less dust than before.
It is that time of year when I get prepared for indoor activities. I am through with my wandering around and I am planning winter projects. The leaves are falling fast now.
I have all three bird feeders up and a sack of thistle seed. I am filling the feeders daily. There is a mad frenzy to eat and stay well through the winter now.
The past week I have been cleaning out the storage units that held my friend GO's possessions. It is hard physical labor and it is dirty and dusty. There is a part of me that is very sad to think that this is what happens to one's life after death. All the things you cherished and loved just "stuff" now. My friend CF came and stayed five days to help. G's and my friend JH has been a blessing. I asked him at one time "Where are all those friends he had when we need them the most?"
I am also in the mood to clean out my stuff, but right now I am just organizing things. The last three weeks have flashed by. I had one week of preparing for a fiber show in Missouri. After returning home from that OS came for a visit with her dogs. Then I had two days to change the linens and clean the bathroom. I swept the floors. I then drove to Jasper for a book signing. I spent the night with CF and then she returned to help me this week with the storage unit.
Now I am ready to settle down and just knit and spin and be.
I am excited that Netflix has Season Six of one of my BBC detective shows. So today I am going to binge on George Gently and spin yarn. I get up to stretch and move around. I move things around and throw things away. It is a job only I can do, and I have procrastinated long enough.
So have a great first week of November. Where did the year go? A year ago I was caring for my friend after he had a stroke. I lost three months of the winter, and it made the winter go pretty fast. I will hopefully have a quiet and settled winter this year.
"The best way out is always through." = Robert Frost