It’s been a quiet weekend but that can be good at times. I’ve stayed busy with odds and ends of jobs around the house. Yesterday I did some much-needed cleaning in our basement. We need to get someone out to do a winter check on our furnace this week. I am also planning on clearing some shelves in the basement for food storage of canned goods. We have very little storage space in our kitchen so I’m using a couple of shelves in the basement. I have been slowly adding to our back up stock of canned goods and non-perishables. This winter has the potential of not being the best and I do want to be prepared. There have been some predictions of much more snow and cold weather than usual for us on top of the increasing number of covid cases in the area. It’s funny, in some ways we were much more cautious back in March when the pandemic first started than we are now. I guess because it was new. But actually, now it is much worse where we live than it has been at any time before. We go out for groceries and medical appointments and that’s about it. Due to our age and Tom’s health we can not afford to take chances but it sure does get old fast.
I have also been trying to help Tom with a few changes in his life. Because of his balance problems it was suggested that he start using a walking cane. When you think about it that can be a big step for some people and not an easy one. On top of that, he has failed to have much improvement in his hearing and has an appointment this week to talk to someone about getting a hearing aid. He is not over-joyed with either of these developments and I do understand. I’m trying to help him see the positive side of both and hopefully he soon will realize the benefits of them.
|Trees on our street are just starting to change colors|
Our Fall colors are just now getting started and no where near peak color yet. There are a few trees on our street beginning to change. In our back yard we have a row of Osage Orange trees and they are dropping their hedge apples or Osage Oranges like crazy all over our yard. These are a strange fruit that is not edible for humans although the squirrels here love them. The Osage Orange tree got its name from the Osage Indian tribe which once lived in this area. They used the wood of the tree for making bows and it is still considered very good for that purpose.
|Osage Orange or Hedge Apple Trees|
|Osage Oranges or Hedge Apples|
As you can tell, there is not much excitement here. I hope everyone is well and enjoying a beautiful Autumn!
|Across the street from us|