Frost on the pumpkin – We had our first frost this past week. The timing isn’t unusual. However, the temperatures again went from the mid-80s to the mid-50s in a matter of a day or two. We have been running either 15 degrees above or below normal all year. We are rarely seasonal. There were no weeks of lovely 70 degree fall weather. Jump right to flannel.
Closing up – The biggest problem with the crazy weather is knowing when to close up the pond and the porch. I have learned from experience to start the pond cleanup gradually in September. No one especially me, wants to go into the pond in November when the water temperature is in the 50’s. The porch is another kettle of fish. Bring in the cushions and cover the furniture too early and you find yourself with no place to have lunch on a beautiful warm October day. Wait too long and you freeze your patooder off. We did it this week. It was cold but it’s done. You know it’s time when the cats don’t hang out there anymore. Morgan is agitating to turn on the fireplace. She loves sleeping against it.
Speaking of Morgan – She got two mice this week. She gets them before there are any signs. No poop, scratched up packaging, nada. She leaves them dead in a nice package at the bottom of the basement stairs. No decapitations or half eaten bodies. Gotta love that cat!
It’s not only mice – There has been an invasion of critters looking for a warm 5-star resort to spend the winter. They are like retirees flocking to Florida. The ants sent in sentries to check out the accommodations. We made quick work of that and hung out the “no vacancy” sign. The fruit fly invasion seems to have run its course. The cats are always on patrol for anything that moves and could be a play toy. We have a resident basement spider that “monitors” insects too. Nature’s way.
I should know better – I look for cooking shortcuts. Easy peasy. (No, I don’t toss a can of condensed soup in everything.) I heard rave reviews for an upscale Chinese chain that sells their products in the frozen food section. I thought it would be great to serve a vegetable lo mein with some grilled chicken. I tried it this past week. Yikes! The seasoning was hot, hot, hot. I’ve never had spicy hot lo mein before. Not trying that company again!
So how was your week?