to document the first real, puddle-making, rainfall here in the canyon for at least two years.
I'm still on my blogger break, but when the rain came with such force on Wednesday, I had to come back and note it here. With the exception of one rainy night sometime in mid-summer, it has not rained here since May. On Wednesday, we even got a dusting of snow higher up in the mountains.
What a difference a good rain makes: the air is fresh, the junipers look green again, and the earth smells so good.
Our first frost arrived September 27 and killed about half of our garden. Because we planted late, we knew some of the veggies, like corn and tomatoes, would not mature, but almost everything else came through for us and we got a great harvest, far more than we ever expected. We have several gallons of cooked and frozen veggies: spinach, cabbage, collard and mustard greens. Hubby cooked it all and also made some zucchini casseroles, juiced a lot and froze, and baked zucchini bread. We still have carrots, beets, and onions to pick. And, what did I do? Well, I dried a lot of herbs. Yes, I know I got the easy part to do here, but I also picked and cleaned a lot of veggies. Which was hard work, but so much fun.
I'm working and bonding with Samson now that he's the only dog. Samoyeds are supposed to be hard-headed and difficult to train, from what I've read, but he is very good and such an easy dog to be with.
I have developed a slight computer aversion lately, forgetting to get back to friends in emails, and not opening my desktop (which is all I have) for days on end. Maybe it got too intense when I tried to keep my blog going every day. I also don't feel like writing anything.
That's on the one hand ~ on the other, I find myself getting a bit into my old Swedish moroseness and I've come to understand that it is very important for me to keep in touch, first of all; but also to be out there taking pictures, writing stories, and posting to my blog. Blogging is so great, both for the friends one makes, keeping in touch with other people's lives, and for being more creative and observant in one's own life.
Hope you are all well my dear blogger friends. Take good care.