After the Frost

On this Labor Day, a day originally made a national holiday in an attempt to appease Labor after what has been called the bloodiest strike in history – the strike of the railroad workers against Pullman – I wandered about the yard for awhile this morning looking to see how everything fared after the frost we had towards the end of last week. Last week, when our high temperatures spent most of their time in the 60s and one night brought temperatures below 32 degrees, with frost warnings for a few other nights. On this day, our forecast says we will have a high of 81, to be followed for the rest of the week by temperatures in the 90s. The map showed our country divided, with the eastern 1/4 of the country and the western 1/4 of the country being hit with above-average heat and the middle 1/2 much colder. If nothing else, Mother Nature is certainly fickle.

In the yard, I found the tiny crabapples ripened, inviting the Robins to dinner. This tree and its brother across the driveway offer so much beauty for a good part of the year, with the unfurling of leaves in early spring, followed by beautiful white blossoms and in the fall, these pretty red berries.

I found a Juniper loaded with blue berries, offering their own invitation to the Robins.

Burrowed inside a Burning Bush, the first of its brilliant fall leaves

and further out in the yard, Maple leaves tinged with red.

The Clematis was nipped by the frost, the edges of its petals turned from a light lavenderish pink to fall brown

along with the seed heads from the blooms already fallen.

I too am in fall mode – ready to hole up in the house deciding what projects I might want to start for the winter, to do some baking and soup-making. It is like my world has switched into slow-motion and I am content to follow. Yesterday I made a pot of soup, before the forecast was revised to reflect much hotter temperatures. Today I put that soup into quart jars and put them in the freezer, to be pulled out when cooler temperatures come back. Today I have baked a cake and will bake a quiche before it gets too hot to have the oven on. When the oven is off for the week, I will have dinner readily available for a few days. While the temperatures reflect the fact that it is summer, despite the fact most of us view this Labor Day and the onset of fall, I will talk to myself about getting some things done, but will not chide myself – too much – if little actually is accomplished. I am, after all, retired and entitled to be lazy. Whatever gets done, it will be enough.

About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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12 Responses to After the Frost

  1. loisajay says:

    Frost already…..that sounds so good. We are still in the 90s here in sunny FL. I am so ready for fall.

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  2. MLou says:

    Beautiful pictures. I am not ready for Winter……I love the Fall, but Winter brings cold and that white stuff they call snow….Snow is beautiful from the inside looking out but not so pleasant to be out in. I hope it takes its time…… 🙂


  3. I’m following right along with your preparations for fall, Carol. It was in the high 80s here in Virginia today, but I am so ready for cooler temperatures. Though I’m not a baker, I still love to eat warm bread (maybe I need to become one!) slathered with butter. 🙂 I am a big lover of soups, especially in the fall, and at the first sign of cool weather, I’ll be making soups at least once a week. I love nothing better than a bowl of hot soup and warm bread in the fall. You’re making me very hungry!! And I love your pictures of the maple leaves and the burning bush and the crabapples. Fall is coming!! Hooray! 🙂

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  4. Ruth says:

    I’m newly retired now and enjoying the transition.
    Love all your abundance of color and fruit in your photos, Carol.

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  5. Joanne says:

    No wonder the birds and animals love your garden so much, with all of the naturally growing food, along with your feeders. They must think they have found a little spot of paradise there. 🙂

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  6. Thank you for the tour, Carol. What a colorful and fruitful yard you have. I’ve been feeling the change of the seasons, but don’t really mind. I know summer is coming to a close when I find myself thinking about changing my heart twinkle lights to the orange. green, and purple ones. We haven’t had temperatures dip down to freezing yet, but I’m thinking it might be time to bring the kids’ satsuma and grapefruit trees inside for the winter, just in case. Stay cozy and warm–I can smell that cake in the over from here! (Am about to bake Thom a back-to-school lasagna.)


  7. Robin says:

    Beautiful photos, Carol. I like your motto and idea that whatever you do will be enough. 🙂

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  8. Hard to believe you have already had frost! As you know the NE US has very hot weather. I am still watering my garden so it doesn’t wilt. I made raspberry jam yesterday and can’t use my tomatoes and cucumbers fast enough. I love fall, but the summer crops are the most luscious. Plenty of timefor kale and Brussels sprouts later.

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  9. Carol — We were just over in Prosser, Washington visiting wine country. We enjoyed BRISK (goose down jacket) morning temperatures! As always, I love the photos that you share with your readers.

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  10. Heather says:

    Looks like things fared well enough. It’s still relatively hot and humid here, but we have more seasonal weather on the way. Supposedly.

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  11. Lisa says:

    Frost? Nooooooo! We are still in the upper 80s this week. But it’s coming……soup sounds awesome. And cake sounds even better. 🙂


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