Winter is close, very, very close. I can tell this from many different events going on these days. Earlier this week we put the studded tires on the Jeep, the Impala is next, and we have had a fire in our wood stove more days then not recently. I am teaching Abigail how to blow on her fingers if they get cold, while spending part of each day looking for the gloves I bought her last spring. We are also sadly getting ready to say good-bye to my mother how likes to fly south like the birds do each fall before winter arrives.
We had a few nights of hard frost when I was in the hospital with Ethan but since, we have been skimming by just above freezing most nights. Regardless most of the garden has been harvested, pulled, composted and cleaned up for the year. Some last celery stalks are holding out but will be cut today as we are anticipating a cold night tonight!
The greenhouse meanwhile has been doing great and we get more and more tomatoes each day. There are far more green ones on the plants then red but each day makes a difference as they slowly turn colors. We have yet to put a heater in the greenhouse but do talk about that idea for the nights to come. One very nice feature of the greenhouse is working in there on our cold but sunny days. When the sun comes out the greenhouse gets to the 70's or even 80's while the outside temperatures are in the high 40's or low 50's. Fun to be in such a place of growth while the rest of our world is settling in for the winter ahead.