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Just a few pictures of our smiley Caleb.  We’re sure glad he’s on the mend…a coughing, fussy baby isn’t fun for anyone (even if it does mean more snuggles!)

IMG_1801IMG_1804  We can’t seem to get enough of his giggles.  It’s pretty amusing watching Mason and Emma compete for his attention. IMG_1809

IMG_1813They can’t get enough of holding him either.  I think it bothers me more than them when he starts crying while under their care.  Emma is always quick to say “it’s ok, it’s ok, I don’t mind a fussy baby.” And Mason will try every trick in the book to cheer him up.  It’s no wonder Caleb is such a happy baby with these two looking out for him!

the winter garden

Snow is in the forecast.  We’re supposed to dip to 11 degrees tonight.  It’s time to put the garden to bed.  We’ve spent plenty of time out there harvesting, pulling up dried plants for seed, and moving things around.  It’s hard to believe how nice the weather actually was for all of October.  Usually we’re bundled up, fighting the weather to get things cleaned up.

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We did harvest all the corn from the small garden. The chickens have been put to work digging around in there.  From the large garden we turned most of the cabbage into sauerkraut, keeping a couple heads to eat.  We planted our garlic and canned all the remaining carrots.  We have canned several batches of beets, but still have several rows left to harvest.

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We thought we would finish up this weekend, but Caleb caught us all off guard when we came down with a cold that quickly turned to croup and then kindly shared with me and Ryan. We spent most of the weekend inside playing Uno, drinking tea, and taking turns napping.

This morning we cleaned out the greenhouse, pulling all the tomatoes and peppers. We have several starts of spinach and beets to carry us through the colder months.

Sometimes after all the fun work of the summer it’s hard to make ourselves actually finish up everything before the weather turns.  It’s just one of those things that must be done.  Winter will be here before we know it.

cornhusk wreath

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One of our biggest successes in the garden this year was growing corn.  We got this seed from Montana, called Painted Mountain.   We haven’t really been able to grow a sweet corn for eating, but this variety seems to thrive.  We’re going to grind it into cornmeal once all the ears are dry.

IMG_1846 We had so much fun shucking it because each ear surprised us with its colors.  It was hard to pick a favorite, but we saved a few ears for seed for next year.

The timing was perfect, because we’ve been studying Indians and one activity we wanted to do was corn husk crafts.  We decided to turn those pretty husks into a wreath.

We just twisted them around a piece of wire, holding them on with some twine.

IMG_1864IMG_1862I love the variety of colors!  Happy Fall.