The first few days of this October have been unbelievable warm. Here I am still wearing shorts and T-Shirts as I head out the back door in my bare feet to hang the laundry on the line, my feet crunching dead sycamore leaves that fell early due to lack of rain.
But it still smells like October. The air is more clear and thin, not that heavy thick air of summer. My hands smell of rich garden soil as I plant the fall crop of lettuce and spinach. The kitchen stove has bubbling pots of apples for sauce and crab-apples for jelly. The kitchen smells are divine.
The kids enjoyed iced tea outside on the walkway this week and had fun perfecting the art of bike riding without hands.
And of course there is applesauce, applesauce and more applesauce. After we had finished up 8 bags I wondered if our Champion juicer with a large hole screen would work faster than the good old Victoria strainer that we usually use. So I just had to buy 4 more bags to find out. I really don't know what is wrong with me. I can't just do things halfway. I can't just be content with making a lot of applesauce, I have to make an insane amount of applesauce. I guess when the kids could eat a quart a day if I let them I do have some justification for my insanity. :)
I don't know about the rest of you on the east coast, but I am looking forward to cooler weather coming soon. Heating up the kitchen when it is 83 degrees is not as much fun as when it is 63 degrees.