Ask me to write a list of my favorite things, and I am afraid it would be heavily weighted in autumnal items! Right now, life feels like a hot cup of tea with a pumpkin spice scone on the side.
Days are wrapped in warm woolen sweaters and nights pass beneath the weight of soft and cozy blankets.
We enjoyed a chilly weekend of clouds and intermittent showers... leftovers from the hurricane.
Sadly, so many did not get to enjoy the weekend in this manner. For as kind and loving as Mother Nature can be, she has a ferocious side as well. We were lucky, here in the Northeast, to not have to feel her wrath.
It was a quiet weekend, spent mostly here at home.
My only trip away from home was a quick visit to my favorite local yarn shop for wool for a new project. Driving at this time of year requires a lot of extra care. It's mating season for the deer and they are quite active. For some reason, they are always attracted to the roads!
Along the way home, I spied this huge mushroom alongside the road...
and then noticed that somebody was busy eating the mushroom.
Hello, slimy little fellow! You can see he has two sets of tentacles. The upper ones are for seeing and smelling - while the short, lower ones are for taste and touch. His mouth is face-down on the fungus.
Did you know that slugs are able to reproduce without a partner? They have both male and female (functioning) reproductive organs. Pretty amazing! Perhaps this is why they are so unappealing. They don't need to be appealing to anyone!
The rest of the weekend followed the ebb and flow of daily farm life - animal chores, meals and a few household chores.
On Sunday, Hubbs drove to Pittsburgh (his hometown) to go to a Steelers game. I stayed home and took care of the farm. It rained quite a bit, so much of my day was spent inside. The weather made me long for a fire in the fireplace, but with temperatures in the 50's I was afraid that the chimney wouldn't draft well enough. So, instead, I spent some time working on my new knitting project with candles burning instead.
While, they lacked the warmth of a fireplace fire, they did give me the ambiance for which I longed!
The current knitting project is this vest... in a slightly muted version of the colors pictured. It is called the "Timbo Vest." and is available as a free download.
I had seen the idea somewhere online. This might be my favorite Jack-o-Lantern yet!
With bellies full, the flock settles back onto the pond for a quiet day of bathing and floating. Our numbers have risen above 30 recently. More will come for sure. Word spreads quickly!