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Monday, October 4, 2010
monday's mountain musings
Had another beautiful, breezy, and chilly day today so I needed to be busy in order to keep warm. While the shack was only 58-60 at its warmest all day long, there is no way a fire is being lit the first week of October. Besides, I still have my seed collection all over it and I am not ready to put it away for the winter yet.
While out and about this weekend, we stopped and got a big mess of mutsu apples to make some sauce with. Making sauce means I need a good bit of wood for cooking them down and then canning them. Yesterday, the manthing loaded the truck up with a nice pile of wood while I was fetching water that is now running at a very slow pace compared to what is was a bit earlier in the year. This afternoon I busted it all up so tomorrow, I can burn it all up.
Since I knew I was going to be out near the cook top for a good while, I decided to make what I needed for tonight's dinner, heat some dish water , make sweet tea and I had to make an apple crisp on the stove top. The crisp doesnt brown quite like it would in the oven and I over did the oatmeal topping a bit butI think it will still be quite tasty. I swear, there is almost no better smell than wandering the woods and getting a good sniff of yummy food cooking. The wind was blowing just right today so I could smell the apples cooking way off in to the woods. Good thing we are a long way from most of civilization or I might worry about zombies coming from miles around for vittles.
I had a big load of laundry that I needed to get washed up today as well. With the dry conditions and a good breeze to dry with I have to take advantage of it. I try to keep the laundry all caught up including blankets, hoodies, and other heavy things that I sometimes let go during other seasons when it is humid and normally rainy . This way, when the wet weather comes in and gets stuck between the mountains we have plenty of clothes to go for a good spell and not worry over whether we will have enough clothes to get us through.
I worked my way through my list of chores in pretty good time and found a bit of time to beat on my drums, fetch a salad to go with dinner, pack up the manthing's stuff and get his cooler supplies all ready for him for a few days on the road. All I have left is evening chores with the critters and feeding us when ever he happens to roll in.