I love fall. It's my favorite season.
The cooler nights are refreshing, the leaves turn beautiful colors, and we begin to move away from summer activities toward the slower pace of winter.
But fall is exhausting.
You have to pick the fruits and vegetables when they are ready for harvest; preserve them by canning, dehydrating, or freezing; rake leaves and set them up to compost into leaf mold; pull all the plants from the garden and compost in place or in a compost pile; bake the fall holiday foods; and much more! And all the while you are still doing your regular job and other commitments.
I've been frantically trying to get apples picked, apple chutney and apple jelly made, can the pickling cucumbers, make frozen tomato sauce and canned tomato sauce, buy more canning jars (who ever has enough?) at the same time that my business has picked up new projects and I'm trying to get in some fall camping before winter shuts it down. I still need to bake the apple cake and German apple pie for the upcoming holiday season, and find space in the freezer for them. And fall leaf raking hasn't started yet, but it's coming very soon.
Whew! I'm always happy once the freezer and pantry are full, but it takes time and effort to make that happen.
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