I’m pretty sure it was summer on Monday of this week, but it is definitely fall-going-on-winter today. Overnight lows were in the 40s and it was only 65F in the house this morning! Brrr!
I was doing a decent job of ignoring the maple leaves changing until the temperature dropped so much.
I have also been pretending that I don’t need to can tomatoes this year. I didn’t plant as many plants this year as last year so there haven’t been as many tomatoes but we still aren’t keeping up with eating them fresh. I have made a couple of large pots of tomato sauce for the freezer however there is only so much space in my freezer and I don’t want the tomatoes to go bad so I guess I have no other choice but to break out the canning equipment and get it done.
The apparent change of seasons will probably mean that the tomatoes will stop growing shortly anyway.
I also noticed that my raspberry bushes looked like as if they were planning on producing a second crop. Since there were also many dead canes in the beds I decided that I ought to clear those out while it was obvious which were ones were dead, and also to make it easier for me to get at the berries should they develop. In the process of pulling all the tangled dead canes free from the live ones I apparently disturbed a bees’ nest because I looked down and saw my legs were surrounded by bees/wasps – which miraculously did not sting me once. I retreated a short distance, cleaned up the dead canes I’d tossed in the grass, and left the bees to figure out what had happened to their home on their own.
Another benefit of colder weather – bees get slower and easier to eradicate. (Note: the honey bees and I get along fine)
So all in all I guess I can see some benefit to the cooler temperatures, even if I’m not really ready for them just yet.