Cold temperatures and snow have arrived, forcing the end of outside work at the farm. While we’ve had a bit of a thaw this week, I’m hopeful that we may have a white Christmas, and either way I’m taking the official arrival of winter as an excuse to hibernate for the next little while.
Here’s my final report on how we did on my fall to-do list.
1. Clean out the vegetable garden
I read the phrase this week that “the gardens need a rest, as do [the people who tend them].” I love that perspective.
I didn’t clean out the whole garden, but as I shared in my last update, half of it is cleared and covered with tarps to further discourage weeds. I finished wrapping the grapes with burlap, which was one of my biggest concerns. After investing two years in establishing our vines, I want to protect them as much as possible.
2. Remove window screens
Like every year (except last year when I didn’t do this at all), this task goes down to the wire for me. Today’s supposed to be the warmest day of the week–and technically it’s still fall–so I think it’s a good window screen day.
3. Wash dining room and living room windows
4. Put away the birdbath and put out the feeder
Done. I love watching the birds as I work everyday. In fact, I didn’t even get up from the computer to take the photo below. Just grabbed the camera, zoomed and clicked. I feel very fortunate to get to spend every day at this farm.
5. Bush hog the meadow, septic and pond shore one more time
Didn’t happen this year, and now the meadow is covered with snow until next spring.
6. Clean gutters
Matt did this twice, so we’re set until things thaw in the spring.
7. Switch out the mudroom mats
8. Sweep the chimney
9. Vacuum my car
Did not get done. Maybe I’ll find one of those heated car washes someday this winter and make use of their vacuum.
10. Service the tractor
11. Build a new coffee table.
Thanks everyone for your input on the coffee table. The lumber and air compressor is piled in the living room. I think this will be a good Christmas holiday project. So it won’t be finished this fall, but maybe this year?
12. Pick up the lumber pile beside the silo
13. Regrade back and side of house
Not done. Boo. Hopefully we’ll be able to do this in the spring.
This fall, like every season, has been a mix. Overall, I feel pretty pleased with what we’ve accomplished, and I feel like we’re ready for winter–and hibernation.
How did you do on your fall tasks? Who’s with me on the hibernation train?