Do you have a pumpkin yet? I don’t but I think this might be the week where I start stocking up on pumpkins. For decoration yes, but really, just to eat. I had my first taste of winter squash for the season (delicata) and once that happened, there is no turning back. Fall food is here. Apples and pumpkin (all winter squash) and big old pots of hot soup. Eaten with wool socks and cozy sweaters while watching the leaves fall from the trees. Fall is here (basically) and I am all in.
Last week started off at Ascutney State Park and oh was it gorgeous. We hiked to the summit of the mountain, I climbed the observation tower while the mr cowardly sat at the bottom, and took in all the views. Bopped around some more trails and basically just tired ourselves out enough to go hang around at the campground (which was empty) to eat , read, and and enjoy getting warm by the fire. These are the best camping days for sure. The simpleness of it all, just being able to be outside. Maybe get a little chilly but then warmed by fire. Watching the stars come out. And no one else is really around. Life can be pretty dang good, you know?
And then we crawled into the tent, slept, woke up, drank coffee, and back home we came.
Not much other then the usual happened the rest of the week. A bit of work, a bit of play. Hung out with Megan and Anthony and talked about how he is a genius with SAT scores of 1480 which then translated to the mr that he will someday be super rich and be able to financially support him. HAHA. We got our first batch of winter squash from farm share and probably our last batch of cucumbers. The giant sunflowers are dying and going to seed. I’m back to working with adults at the studio instead of kids now that they are all be back to school. And the mr started to dig a giant hole on the back side of the house to make an access door to the basement form under the porch. He comes home from work everyday and digs and smashed concrete for about an hour then tracks dirt all over the house. So maybe the week has been a little dirtier then usual. Actually, a lot dirtier if I am telling he truth, but a door from outside right into the basement… It’s worth it.
In a few hours the mr and I are tossing the kayaks on the car, grabbing the camping stuff, and heading south to Half Moon state park. A little pond in nowhere Vt. This has been one of the parks that I have been saving to visit until this time of year when it is quite and gorgeous out and sparse of people. If the campground is anything like it was last weekend at the other park, it should be empty and all ours to enjoy. But if not, well, it will still be great. Great,great, great!
Internet stuff from the week.
-Remember when there was news that to much kale would kill you? 10 Out of 10 Sensationalized Food Study Headlines Will Kill You Dead
-Food information. How to Ferment (Almost) Everything
-Fabric dyes are a toxic problem. These beautiful alternative colors are made out of food waste. I accidentally dye my clothes with beet juice and turmeric all the time.
-I hate that I love this shit so much. Cabin Porn. A new book af all the cabins I need.
-The Weirdly Untraceable Origin Story of Ants on a Log. Ants on a log are the best. Add a few carrot rounds on Bothe ends and you got a race car too!.
-A simple hat pattern. Thinking this will be a hat I am gonna knit for myself!!!
-The mr had been saying he wants to put a hole threw the house and install a laundry shoot. I just throw things down the stairs. No hole required. Laundry Chutes Have a Dirty History (But I Still Want to Bring Them Back)
-Scrunchies Are Little Rainbow Reminders That Millennials Are Old. I had so many scrunchies and have even thought about making a few to wear now but. But. I feel like I am just not cool enough (too old) to wear them.
-Why Are American Homes So Big? Why have a big house if you don’t need the space. Simply put, it’s stupid.
Pictures from the week