Leaves, and acorns, and cookies. Oh, my!

The cold weather is finally starting to really set in, we’ve even had snow a few days in the past couple of weeks. The push is on to get the land and the house ready for winter. We need to string new roof cables for keeping the snow off the eaves, we’ve just noticed that all of the windows need new caulking on the outside, and all of summer’s bits and bobs need to be put away. On top of that, the greenhouse needs to come down before winter, thanks to a haphazardly blowing wind that tossed a couple of tree branches across the yard through both the roof and the side of the structure. So much for tempered glass, it’s no match for an angry wind and a solid oak branch.

The bazillion trees surrounding the house dumped their entire bounty of leaves in the same windstorm, leaving a hell of a mess to clean up.

We raked for days.  And days. And days. And we really didn’t rake that big of a space, but holy hannah, it was deep. When I walked out to the chicken coop, the leaves came up to my knees. Good compost fodder, though. Thankfully, we were able to get most of it raked before the fall rains hit.

Since then, we’ve had frost every morning. COLD frost, sheet of ice covering the deck frost. Frost that kills whatever’s left in the garden frost. I managed to get some fall sedums out of the gardens for drying and have the bunches dangling around the wood stove. There’s nothing more country then bunches of drying goods all over the house.

In an odd little twist of fate, the cut ends of the sedums have started to bud! The bunches are hanging upside down, as is done to dry any sort of flower, herb, etc. and I guess there is still enough moisture kicking around inside the stems to encourage growth. All of the stems have budded, and rooted into mid-air in a hundred little sedums shoots.

I haven’t decided if I will let them all die off, or if I will separate them all from their host stems and transplant them to a seed tray to overwinter. I’m not entirely sure I’ll be in need of a hundred or so sedums transplants come spring!

I totally gapped in my attempt to gather the last-minute herbs to dry for the winter before the frost, so here’s hoping I have enough to get us through. So long as nobody gets sick…I’m such a lazy little Witch.

This must have been the year of the Oak Tree. Every oak tree on the property shed thousands upon thousands of acorns this fall. We’ve never seen so many acorns fall from the trees. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to walk across a  lawn covered in acorns, but it’s a bit like trying to walk on a treadmill covered in marbles.

We literally shovelled buckets and buckets of acorns off of the grass. It wasn’t all in vain however, the acorns will be put to good use. After a light smashing with a mallet, acorns will make a great  treat for Lilliput and the chickens and I’ll use plenty in future craft projects.

In the midst of all this, and other stuff, I have been spending almost every spare moment working on the studio. It’s amazing how much stuff you forget you had when it’s been packed in storage for a year. How the hell did it all fit before?? The studio, as much as it shouldn’t be, is the lowest “to do” on the priority list. We still need to finish the bathroom which has been under construction for just over a year now. You’ll wonder why when you finally see the before and after pics. It’s a VERY small bathroom.

I’ve had to purge a lot of art and craft supplies. Which isn’t necessarily the problem. The problem is, every time I unpack something new, I get inspired. When I get inspired, I get distracted from the task at hand, and before you know it, I’ve spent three hours priming canvases or coating images in gel medium.

Yesterday, I claimed a day of complete rest. Sort of. I’ve gone back to spending two days a week with my godson, Riley, and yesterday he and I made cookies. Batches and batches of chocolate chip cookies. He was so proud of himself, and it was so much fun. It’s been a long time since I spent time with a 2-year-old baking cookies, and I forgot how much of a blast it is. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon.



  1. Melanie said,

    November 11, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    living in an apartment in california it’s hard to relate LMAO Kidding I DID grow up in Iowa 😛


    • November 12, 2010 at 9:42 am

      LOL. Smartass. 😛
      I suppose that means you’re WARM, I’m currently freezing my butt off.

  2. Diane said,

    November 11, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    1. What do you do with the dried seedum?

    2. Leaves!! Man, I’m having to beg on Freecycle now for leaves (and not getting any yet). Moving from a forest to the plains has my usual gardening habits turned all upside down.

    3. Acorns. I need to get out there and gather a few for a couple of craft projects I have in mind. Thanks for the reminder!

    • November 12, 2010 at 9:56 am

      1. Some of the larger seedheads will go to the chickens and the goat through the winter, some will be used for tea (sore throat, anti-inflammatory type stuff) and some will go in craft projects. Dried sedum makes a great looking mini “tree”.
      2. Ohhhhhh, that sucks! Damn the sacrifices we make! Sounds like you and the kids should start a yard-cleanup crew, maybe get paid to gather your own garden compost? I think I’d be lost without the leaf mould, compost is SO expensive and we just don’t generate enough ourselves without the leaves. People don’t take advantage of Freecycle like they should. That would be the perfect way for someone to clean up their yard. In August, I offered truckloads of phlox to anyone willing to dig it up. Like hundreds and hundreds of dollars worth of plants. I only got one taker.
      3. What kind of projects are you going to do? I haven’t quite decided what I’m doing with the acorns yet. For now, I’ve just been spending some time gluing the caps on the nuts. Tedious to say the least…lol

  3. Diane said,

    November 12, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    I’m just going to goof around and come up with some fall decor doohickeys. I’m not even sure yet what I’m doing but I’m armed with a new glue gun & full bag of sticks so get outta my way!

  4. jollof said,

    November 16, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    (Comes out of hibernation) aaaaaah…Hi SheBox! Glad you’re keeping up the blog tempo. Missed your blog posts and pictures. So much to catch up on…but I’m back on the ball now. Halloween must’ve been a blast. Not so much so down here in Nigeria (or is it ‘up here in Nigeria’ to you? hmm…)I don’t know how you do it all…gardening, baking, husbandry (i hope i’m referring to how you rear animals, lol). Some kind of superwoman I’d say. Guess what, Crazy needs some super powers too! *Newsflash* – The Crazy Nigerian (in paperback) Spring 2011 😀

    • November 17, 2010 at 6:41 am

      HellOOOOOO my fine sir!! So excited to see you back!! I’ve already got your blog loading in a new tab as I write…lol (I’m making the huge assumption that you’ve updated with something I’ll find interesting 😛 )
      I’ve missed you tremendously, of course, but I’ve learned to wait patiently, for you always make an appearance when I least expect it.
      In paperback??? What’s this? Do explain! You’re being published? That’s wicked. I insist you let me know when and where and how.
      Yes, I have been insanely busy the past few months, but, the cold is setting in now, so life should slow down somewhat. The animals (and the Husband!) are great fun, I used the goat to clear the vegetable garden of all it’s leftovers, saved me a TON of work. I didn’t have to pull any stalks or stems or sprouts. She and the chickens took it down to bare earth. They were a damned good investment I’d say!
      And now, the world comes to a stop as I skip across the blog plain to see what you’re up too!

  5. Melanie said,

    December 6, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    And you stopped by my blog to say I hadn’t posted in awhile 😛


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