It’s barely past mid August, but the chill of Autumn is already in the air. The gentle night breezes are slowly but surely bringing autumn to us, easing us ever so gently into cooler weather.
We are already seeing Halloween candy in the stores. Soon, Christmas decorations shall follow suit. I sometimes wonder why retailers seem to rush the seasons. I don’t think it’s just my imagination that each year the onslaught of bags of Almond Joy and Reeses arrives earlier and earlier. I suppose they wouldn’t do it if people didn’t buy their products.
We should all try to slow down and enjoy the moment.
Here in New England, summer is all too fleeting not to be savored. We spent the weekend exploring some local farms, listening to country music at outdoor concerts, shopping for treasures at tag sales and cooking s’mores over a bonfire. Much better than visiting Walmart to buy some Halloween candy, don’t you agree?
But it hasn’t been all play and no work, and we haven’t been without our share of mishaps. Our local bear in residence made sure of that.
We’ve been working on building the storage area beneath the deck for several days and one of the many reasons we need this space is to store our garbage. We don’t have a garage or a shed, and now that we are at the cabin full time, the garbage is vulnerable to the bears that have made our community their home.
The other night Fisherman and I were watching House of Cards downstairs (don’t even get me started on how much I love it!). It was around midnight, and we heard a suspicious bang. We immediately ran upstairs, turned on the porch light and were immediately confronted by the scene below. We then saw a bear running away in our driveway, but not before he had the opportunity to enter our porch by ripping the screen, waddling over the porch sofa (and I’ve got the dirty paw prints to prove it), opening up the garbage can and taking out the bag. Apparently, he dropped it when he heard us coming because that’s the bag to the left of the table on the floor.
We spent a good part of the day Thursday replacing the screen, which is a lot more time consuming than I ever imagined. We still have one more to do, but now that we are pros it should go faster. 😉
Here’s what we’ve done so far under the deck. We purchased inexpensive OSB board, which is about 1/3 the price of plywood. We built a basic frame, using the existing posts as support and painted the OSB with some leftover paint from when our house was done a few years ago. This weekend we’ve ordered some vinyl lattice in tan to place over the boards to dress it up a bit and so it won’t look so boxy.
Here’s a picture of the inside. The downside of doing this project is we had to block off a window in the downstairs bedroom. Most of the time that room is only used when we have guests and then they’re really just there when they’re sleeping. There’s another window so it’s not completely dark anyway. When we’re done, we will be gaining approximately 375 sq. ft of storage space, so it’s well worth it. I’ll post about it again when it’s completed.
Beside painting the OSB, I’ve been doing some painting on a couple of projects. My friend gave me this cute tote that I decided to use for some kitchen gadgets that I use frequently. It was a lovely shade of sage green and I would have loved to leave it that way, but it didn’t look quite right in the kitchen so I dry brushed it with some ASCP in Emperor’s Red which had been toned down a bit with some black paint, and I let a little of the green show through.
I’ve also been painting some inexpensive particleboard shelves which I hope to turn into a hall table. It’s turned into a larger project than anticipated because it seems to need several layers of paint, but I’m just working on it when/if I feel like it and not stressing out about the end result. If it works, fine. If not, that’s fine too!
It’s been several years since I’ve done any kind of vegetable gardening, but this year I bought two small tomato plants and they seem to be thriving. I was thrilled when I saw these two ripe tomatoes the other day! The containers are too small so I’m thinking the yield will suffer as a result. I’ll use bigger containers next year.
I moved them yesterday from the side of the house to the deck. They get more sun here and the deck rails work to give the plants some support which they could use.
I didn’t get any treasure at any tag sales this weekend, but I did get some flowers, plants and veggies.
I’ve been eating these blackberries while writing this post. Love them! Tomorrow I’ll be planting the flowers and making some tomato sauce (I posted the recipe two years ago and it’s one of my favorite sauces so be sure to check it out) and summer squash soup and maybe some of this soup which is also one of my favorites. I love soup! Stay tuned for the easy and delish recipes.
In other news…
looks like my name wasn’t spelled Dor_en on my BC after all, but rather Dorien, which I actually do seem to remember seeing that. I spoke with a different representative who is the one that told me that. I won’t get into too many details, but suffice it to say I’ve concluded if you talk to 10 different government workers, you will get 10 different opinions and instructions. I’m still working on getting a new BC, but in the meantime I’ve received a new passport which is a relief!