This weekend here at Chateau L’Esperance was quiet. Jimmy was home but barely. His 34 hour reset before going back out on Sunday at noon. So Saturday we spent some of the time we had together doing a few of the things around the house to prepare for the change in seasons. The shed was emptied and reorganized, then the summer toys, chairs, and gardening equipment stacked neatly inside. I asked for a clear path to the Yule decorations and I can easily access them when the time is right.
I made chicken and dumpling for dinner on Friday and then Saturday it was steak on the grill. I am really looking forward to some cooler temperatures if for nothing else than the food that in my mind goes with it. I found a few of the recipes online that my Momma used to make, the ones I couldn’t remember how to fix. I’m gearing up for Swiss steak, stuffed cabbage rolls, chicken pot pie, chili with jalapeno cornbread… and then the desserts. Oh my! Stacked applesauce spice cakes, …yummy.
The old trash pile in the back yard has finally been cleared up and all the nastiness that was left from the person before us hauled off to the dump. Jimmy & I talked about what needed to be done to make it into a nice fire pit. He’s got lots of work involved in his plans, diggin, levelin, adding fill dirt … I just want a circle of stones like my Daddy had on the ranch. Course then we gotta go out and buy wood for the thing cause I am not cutting down the few remaining trees in the yard. They’d never dry out enough in time to burn without smoking, and I don’t need or want the fire department to come out on a nuisance call.
My plans for this evening were to go outside and sit on the porch to enjoy the cooler evening … I was picturing a glass of wine and a sweatshirt, yes it did get cool enough for that, but it also rained. And it’s still raining. I guess I could take the umbrella if I wanted to go out bad enough, but that seems to defeat the purpose of enjoying the outdoors on this first night of Autumn. Ah well, I can still have my wine and watch the rain from the bedroom window, and still celebrate the turning of the wheel and the changing of the season.