Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Fall has Arrived

This past summer seemed to fly by, and seemingly unawares, fall has now crept in. The nights are chillier (it was 44 degrees when I went outside to do chores this morning!), leaves are falling in rapid succession to the ground, the air has a crisp, 'fallish' feel to it, the pumpkins are ready to harvest, farmers are beginning to harvest the corn, and it will not be long before the soybeans will be harvested, too. What a delightful season this is! It is one of my favorite times of year, and I have been enjoying it greatly thus far. Especially these past few days!

As the last post indicated, we have been very busy lately, and many days were spent out at Ryan's place or we were away from home elsewhere. So it has been especially nice this week to be able to stay at home . . . to settle back into routine a bit . . . bake bread, sew, make cards, clean the house, catch up on laundry, practice music . . . need I say that it has been very pleasant?!

Looking across the yard towards the chicken coop . . . note the bare trees in the front right. These trees, along with the walnuts, always lose their leaves before the other ones!

Leah and Mandy
Leah was out playing with her this afternoon, and it was so fun watching them. Mandy is very entertaining!

The changing colors of the Burning Bush

Me harvesting the pie pumpkins

Despite the fact that tomorrow marks the first day of October, certain plants in the garden continue to produce!

The pepper plants have done very well this year! And are still producing prolifically

The one, lone, worn-out looking zucchini plant has a zucchini growing on it!

This was the surprise in the garden, though . . . part of the watermelon plants had started to regrow and there are melons growing on them! Out of curiosity, I'm going to leave them there and see how far along they get before the first frost. :)

And for a little new news that occurred today . . . we got our first egg from our pullets! It is always exciting when the first egg is laid. :)

The first eggs are always small and this one is definitely that! It is probably 1/3 to 1/2 the size of a 'regular' egg.

So that is a little glimpse of some of the changes and happenings occurring here on our little place in Missouri!


  1. Congratulations on the first egg. That's always an exciting day.

  2. Hi Sarah!
    Don't you just love how colorful fall is?
    We have to harvest all our vegetables this evening because tonight we are going to get a hard frost. At least that is what the weathermen are saying...I think so too as it is SO cold out ( around the 30's and 40's) and the sky is totally cloudless. Last night I think our low was 38 degrees. Tonight our lows are supposed to be around the low 20's. I am glad you are getting a good veggie harvest this year. Your pumpkins look really nice! The Lord has blessed us with an wonderful harvest this year too.
    Your dog looks like she is so fun! We want to get a dog/puppy sometime soon as ours got hit on a road near us this past winter. His name was Prince. He was a fun dog too!
    I like "first eggs" too! I think the tiniest egg our chickens have ever laid was about 3/4"-1" big( I should say small) !
    Have a wonderful evening Sarah! Thank-you for your comments on my blog too!

  3. 44 degrees!! That is foreign to us, we barley get that in winter! The trees look so pretty, ours stay green every month, but I love seeing them! I have never seen trees change color are snow (but I hope to sometime:) But right now I know why Gad chose to let me live here, we have a small ministry to the the inner city kids, that if the didn't have Christ they would probably end up on the street. So I know that this is were God wants my family and I right now.

  4. While the leaves on our trees are still of the green nature, our temperatures are definitely of the sort which indicate that fall is almost here for us. Yesterday morning our thermometers were reading in the 45 degree range which for us, is rather chilly!! I imagine we will get used to it soon enough!!!

    I simply cannot wait till the leaves begin changing colors and falling!!! It must be wonderful to see the variety in colors around you; the reds and the yellows... oh I love it!!! :o)

    Congratulations on the first egg!!! I bet that was verrrry exciting! Hmmm... I wonder what the excitement level will be like when ours begin laying... :o)

    Have a wonderful day!

  5. Dear Sarah,
    Yes, Fall is the loveliest time of year!! Our trees are already turning brown and red! I can't wait for the clod, blustery days ahead!!

    Somtimes I just wish I could fly out there, to Missouri, to see all that beauty in person!! Thanks for sharing!

    Have a lovely day!

  6. Thank you, Amy! Yes, it is exciting. :)

  7. Hello, Hannah! Yes, I do love how colorful fall is! That is one reason why I especially love the drive out to my brother’s place around this time of year as the colors of the trees are just beautiful along part of the drive. Probably not as beautiful the colors up there, though! :)

    Were you able to harvest all of your vegetables before the frost hit? I hope so! Brr . . . low 20’s is just a mite chilly! It will be probably another month or two before we see temperatures like that, but they are on there way. :) It is always interesting to see how much the seasons vary from state to state!

    That is wonderful that you all were blessed with a good garden harvest this year! You certainly were able to harvest a lot of winter squash. :)

    Mandy is a lot of fun! I am sorry that your dog got hit last winter . . . that would have been sad. Hopefully you’ll be able to get another dog/puppy soon!

    Yes, a 3/4” to 1” size egg is small!

    I hope that you have a wonderful day as well! And you’re welcome in regards to the comments. :) And thank you for yours!

  8. Isn’t it interesting, Desiree, how much temperatures can vary depending on where you live?! I can’t imagine what it would be like living in a place that stays warm through the winter and that never got snow. :) That would be a lot different! It would be very nice, though, to be able to have the green trees all year round! :)

    What a blessing that you and your family are able to minister to the inner city kids in this way!! That is wonderful that you all are doing this! I am sure you are having a big impact on the kids . . . even if you may not see the fruit now, they will always remember you pouring into their lives in this way. Thank you for sharing about this!

  9. We still have quite a few green leaves, too, Ashley, but it will not be long before they are all changing colors! Don’t you just love this time of year?! Your all’s temperatures are just about the same as ours! For some reason it seems that South Carolina should be warmer this time of year. Isn’t it nice that the temperature changes gradually so that we have time to get used to it? It’s funny, though . . . when it starts dipping into the 40’s in the fall, out come the sweaters, jackets, coats, but if it warms up to 40 degrees in the winter, the opposite takes place! :) It just goes to show how the Lord amazingly designed our bodies to acclimate to the temperatures around us!

    It sounds like we have a mutual love for fall! I could feel your excitement when I read your comment :) . . . it will not be long before your all’s leaves start to change, too!

    Yes, it was exciting to get the first egg! And you know the thought that came to my mind when I found out about it? It won’t be long now until the Castlebury’s chickens start laying!! :) I can just imagine the excitement that will take place over there when that occurs! ;) :)

    I hope that you have a wonderful day as well!

  10. Fall is a lovely time of year, Ashley! And it sounds like you are just a little bit excited about it. ;) Enjoy your all’s beautiful fall days!

    Wouldn’t that be fun if you could come out here to Missouri and see everything?! At least you can enjoy it in photos! :)

    I hope that you have a lovely day as well!

  11. Yes we did get our veggies harvested! We got a really hard frost but it did not get down to the low 20's. It got down to 28 though.
    Our fall colors up here are not as vibrant this year as they have been other years. But they might start changing more in a couple weeks.
    The only time I was in MO was in the end of September, and the trees had not changed yet, so I never have seen Missouri's fall colors! But I think all trees are beautiful in the fall (even if the leaves are brown!) so I'm sure that MO gets nice colors!

  12. How sweet it was to see this post. I love reading about and looking at pictures of your garden musings. I'm glad that your peppers still seem to be quite fruitful. Despite our Ohio growing season being near completion, I still have two "accidental" tomato plants that are producing (and still flowering) in great bounty. Just the other day I gathered over a gallon of plum tomatoes from one single plant. That was very exciting.
    While I must admit that fall is not as enjoyable to me as it is to most, as I do not care cold weather in the least, the excitement of everyone else is becoming a bit contagious.


  13. That is wonderful that you were able to get all of your vegetables harvested before the frost, Hannah! Even though it did not get down to the low 20’s, 28 degrees is still cold!

    Yes, the trees are always beautiful in the fall no matter what color the leaves are or how vibrant the colors are. Enjoy your beautiful fall colors! I know that we’ll be enjoying ours! :)

  14. Thank you for your sweet comment, Renee! It was very nice hearing from you. :)

    How neat that your two accidental tomato plants are still producing and flowering! What a blessing! A gallon of plum tomatoes from a single plant is a lot . . . it must be a prolific producer. :)

    I do not especially care for the cold weather either, but there are so many other delights of the season that I cannot help loving Autumn despite the fact that it is the precursor to the cold winter days! I would agree, the excitement of others over this season is contagious! I know I’ve ‘caught’ some of it. :)


Thanks so much for your comment! Each one is read and enjoyed. :)