Whew…Crazy Fall is winding down-September

Septemer blew by in a haze of activity – there is never enough time for much writing so I end up with massive epistles to try to catch up…sorry.
We started the month with a trip to our friends’ old orchard…the apples aren’t beautful but they are not sprayed and plentiful. Great for applesauce. After picking 6-8 bushels, we went on to their camp site at Canadohta Lake for a boat ride and awesome time of food and fellowship.
During the week I picked, shelled and processed 47 pints of pinto beans. We also started picking peas…such crazy weather we have had this year that peas were JUST beginning to produce. Tomatoes were also in full swing. Always something to pick, clean or process.
We declared the first weekend of the month, AppleMess and had an all-day apple processing extravaganza. KC and I made 121 jars fo applesauce and 9 pints of apple butter in about 8 hours.
KC traveled for work the following week while I stayed home to continue the harvest..more tomatoes and peas.
On Frdiay we left for our annual get away to the Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs…always a fun time seeing new products and listening to many great speakers. We always learn something new at the Fair. This year we had the added blessing of having some friends to hang out with for dinner and fellowship.
Our third weekend was equally busy with a nine hour pistol course on Saturday and our Farm Co-op meeting on Sunday.
During the month we were also working hard to complete the renovations on The Bowman House. We had our first guests the fourth weekend. We also squeezed in a dinner with Harry, Amelia and Nia on Friday evening. Plus a raised bed seminar AFTER the Tea Party Patriots monthly meeting on Saturday. We escaped to Geneva Marsh on Sunday for a bit of a break and a gorgeous Fall kayak ride.
KC traveled another week and spent a night/day in Pittsburgh with his brother who was having a cornea transplant.
Add in taking the truck to the garage, an eye appointment, a couple of family dinners, an overnight visit from Nia and a couple of funerals 🙁 …it was a crazy month!!

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