October, you are giving us some glorious days to enjoy alone, or with just another person. Fireman and I went on a hike yesterday. The trail was steep in areas. I was having some back pain. Fireman thought we should turn around, but I felt it would ease up when we got on level ground. Thankfully , it did .
Are you laughing? Wisconsin is not terribly mountainous, but there are some areas where you get a good workout with a climb. Our elevation gain: 500 ft. If you go to Peninsula State Park , in Door county, north of Green Bay, you will find some tricky climbs on their bluffy trails. Anyhow, we found a grove of huge, really huge, pine trees on this part of the Ice Age Trail; Bald Bluff. They were so tall we couldn’t even try our true measuring stick guide. They were easily 70 or more feet tall. Under them, a lovely soft blanket of orange pine needles.
Chicago is under a high fire risk this week. This is the time of year Mrs. O’Leary’s cow and all that started the horrible Chicago Fire. Things here are even dryer, I believe. Throughout the summer promised storms skirted us and headed to the Illinois border many times. I watered and watered and watered my tomatoes, squash, flowers and trees. I baby my young trees. They are costly and I want them to grow. I grew the clover patch for the nitrogen it would give the soil. We cut the last green clover leaves today and made mulch with them for the willow trees , the old forest trees, and the pine trees that are just wee babies. I did plant some clover by each of about 18 trees in spring. I hope that is going to nourish them as winter arrives.
Our friends in Fort collins Colorado, are getting inundated with smoke and the fires are inching
closer to them. I must paint a rock for them and put it by St. Francis. I keep finding people to write names on the rocks. I feel better once I have done this. I like this new habit, or ritual …..as Honore might call it .
Oops , I forgot to tell you about the first photo of this post. The falling down shed. My husband finally asked someone who farms ,why those out buildings remain as they seem dangerous. The answer , I think Nancy confirmed this already, is they are worth a lot in old wood. But no one wants to pay the farmer to take the wood. So they stand until they fall . I find some of them interesting and even pretty. My sister is always looking for things to paint for her classes . I ‘ll offer her this one.
I covered the cosmos with pillow cases this afternoon. And the marigold like zinnias and mexican paint flowers too. I want them to last until Day of the Dead. Zach’s Birthday …and I want my neighbor Sydney to keep enjoying them for another few days or weeks. Whatever mother Nature deems.
There has been knitting . Really, there has. I’ve cast on for a shawl with my Berroco Remix. But the big news, is that I have been to Rhinebeck!!! It is virtual this year and Al and I and our friend Karen all get to “go”.
This morning I attended a vendor event. A couple in Michigan make beautiful needles and they are hexagonal for joint relief and great slipping for speed. They make a cable needle that spins so the wire will not get twisty on you. They are called : Indian Lake Artisans.
Allison and Karen and I are all set for tomorrow afternoon’s big event: Show me Your Rhinebeck Sweater. It is our highlight you tube of the last few years. I get completely caught up in the sweaters, the yarns, the fun of it . I can’t wait!
I entered the photo contest and just made the time entry. I hope.
There are some other vendors I hope to see virtually tomorrow. Karen likes the Sheep Incognito store, so I will go there tomorrow too.
On Sunday I signed up for a class on making shawl pins with metals . I really hope I can do it. I didn’t feel like taking a yarn knitting class. I wanted to sign up for the electric spinning class. It was full. Then I googled electric spinners and oh boy. They are about 1500 dollars and up. What?????? I think I’d only be able to justify that with opening a shop of my own! Have you seen these things?
So much going on! Fireman is trying to winterize the screen porch . That would be so fun. The juncos have returned and I am not pleased. The nuthatches are back too. They are so bold. The red breasted is so small and will NOT leave the feeder if you approach. So , I think I have a good photo to share soon.
And, Finally, the Election is coming up.
Yes, I know you know. I continue to write postcards for voter encouragement.
I just want to share that some people don’t realize they can vote in a state they were not born into. I heard a story about a new dentist who moved to WISCONSIN before another election . She was very sad to find out she could have voted in Wisconsin since she was a resident in Dairy Land now. IF you aren’t sure about voting in any way, call your local government and they will tell you! YOUR VOTE Matters!!!
On my gosh it is 12:30 a.m. Time for me to turn in. Thanks for the time you took to read the post.