Are you enjoying the cooler weather? My cousin’s husband shared his pictures from their area around Nashville.
Do you remember my cousin, Gracious Hollye, with the beautiful leaded glass antique door they designed for their butler’s pantry?
GH’s husband, Guitar Gary, has many talents and interests – music (duh – guitar), building (their new home, which I hope to tour some day and share pictures with you), photography….
GG recently told me I could use any of his pictures that I like. These pictures from near my birthplace are so colorful. I’ve never seen grass so green!
The trees are getting really pretty up there, aren’t they?
It’s hard to believe some areas of our country had snow already. I’ve heard we’re in for a harder winter this year, so I checked an old farmer’s resource for their prediction. The report covers the upcoming entire year.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac prediction for November, 2014 through October, 2015.
Winter will be much colder than normal, with below-normal precipitation. Snowfall will be near or slightly above normal in the north, but significant snowfall is unlikely in central or southern areas. The coldest periods will occur in late December and January, with the snowiest periods across the north in mid and late December and early January.
April and May will be warmer than normal, with rainfall above normal in all but easternmost areas.
Summer will be hotter than normal, with near-normal rainfall despite hurricane threats in mid- and late July. The hottest periods will occur in early to mid-June, mid to late June, mid- to late July, and late August.
September and October will be warmer than normal, with a hurricane threat in mid-September.
God only knows for sure what our weather will be, so we’ll just have to wait and see.
Last week, the Horse Apples (aka Osage Apples) I was drying hit the one month mark. On September 27th, I hung 6 horse apples to dry. I tied string around them and hung them separately with air space between.
After two weeks, this is how they looked. Yuk, right?
I wasn’t ready to give up yet, so I left them for a few more days. Total yuk!
Well, more time didn’t help at all, so I removed the two brown, rotten horse apples.
On November 27th, the horse apples each had a rotten spot or two. Each entire apple was mushy, soft, and moist. This hanging to dry method does not work here!
Maybe our humidity is too high. I chucked these remaining apples into the trash! I later learned that the seeds inside are nutritious for critters like raccoons and squirrels.
I’ve decided the other way of drying horse apples is the way to go – slicing and oven-drying. Remember them from my Preserving Horse Apples – Phase 1?
Are you prepared for a colder winter? What have you done to prepare?
Blessings for a beautiful Wednesday!