As I sit writing this, the sun has just set. Outside, I can hear the wind howling and raindrops, as they land on the windows. The summer-like weather that we enjoyed a week ago is long gone and Winter is just around the corner.
The days are short and the evenings - long and dark. And although I love the warm months with their outside pleasures, I do look forward to this time of year when I turn my attention inward to my nest.
For most of you, I am sure, this season will be quite different from previous years. 2020 has been an aberration... and hopefully a year we never have to repeat. Thanksgiving is just a little over a week away, and we have made the decision to forgo the normal family gathering. We are trying to keep our "bubble" quite small these days in order to decrease the potential for illness. And while it is sad that we will not all sit together at the same table, we feel that it is prudent in these times. Sacrifice for the greater good, in the hopes that all of our loved ones remain healthy. There will be more Thanksgivings in the future. We have much for which to be thankful, so that is what we will concentrate on in the coming weeks.
And.... we are awaiting yet another grandchild (in North Carolina) who is just a few days overdue. Little Wren Marie was due this past Friday, but it seems she prefers to take her good old time.
Friday I had the pleasure of spending several hours with baby Eli as his Momma had something she had to do. It's amazing how quickly this little one is developing a personality.
As for our weekend....
We spent the normal amount of time shuffling everyone to
It was a weekend spent here on the farm doing the normal chores.
We hiked the woods marking trees so that hunters do not trespass, keeping our hundred acre woods as a sanctuary for our local deer population.
Each autumn, we walk the boundaries of our land making sure that there are "No Hunting" signs at least every 100 feet. This year, Pennsylvania has decreed that a tree with purple spray paint will act as a "No Hunting" sign. So, we walked out woods and sprayed our trees where signs were missing.
Hikes in our woods are our dogs' most favorite activity. Even low-energy Sammie comes alive when he enters the woods and follows wherever his nose leads him.
When we were finished walking, we drove the gator back to the platform tent where we hung a trail camera to capture images of the local deer population.
I am also currently working on a new knitting project.. a lop-eared bunny.
It's a challenging pattern, but so far, so good. I try to challenge myself with harder patterns so that I eventually become more skilled. I should have this bunny finished in the next few days and will share it with you.
I'll be spending part of today babysitting Eli again... so I will be in heaven for a few hours!
Have a great day, and a perfect week.... and be safe... it's a crazy world out there!