Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Fortunate

Sandy ripped through our area overnight leaving behind torn up trees, power outages, and flooding. We experienced some heavy rain and strong wind gusts, but it was mild in comparison to those south of us. Luckily, we only lost power for about an hour and there was no major damage to our home or property.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by Sandy.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Earthquake

We were watching a movie when a quiver began then exceeded into a rumble. The house shook. At first I thought maybe the bass was vibrating on our surround sound system and I reached for the remote both to turn down the volume and pause the movie. Then I realized that there was no bass on the show at the time. "Hun?" I said. "What was that?" K says.

I know probably only moments passed, but time seemed to stand still as everything around us seemed to shake and rumble for quite a long time. Enough time for my mind to flip through some possible reasons that we were experiencing this phenomenon. First I thought loud bass from the surround sound system, then I thought furnace in trouble, but the furnace wasn't on. Then I wondered if there was an explosion nearby. My next thought was spoken out loud as the house vibrated, "It's still going on.....Earthquake!"


I had experienced a small New England earthquake once before. It was a short burst and shook the building enough to make me unsteady on my feet. Once this was over, I thought someone hit the building with a truck. This was similar, but longer and more rolling.

I jumped to my MacBook and visited Facebook first and immediately saw comments from friends relaying that they also felt something. I googled "earthquake map" and found Real-time Earthquake Map that showed a 4.5 reading located nearby (it has since been downgraded to 4.0).

Earthquakes are rare here in New England. I can't imagine living in an area where they are more severe or more common. I'll think I'll take my snowy winters.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

First Frost: October 13, 2012

Frost covered oregano

I heeded the freeze warnings yesterday and harvested a few of the remaining peppers and tomatoes that looked like they may ripen. I also cut some basil sprigs and brought them inside. They will last for a little while in a glass of water. The rest of the garden is mostly cleaned up.

We lit the wood stove for the first time this season and remained nice and cozy inside during the night while the frost covered all surfaces outside.

Frosty Pepper Plants

Frost covered green tomato

Monday, October 8, 2012

Harvest Monday: October 8, 2012

Each Monday, Daphne’s Dandelions hosts “Harvest Monday” where everyone can share links to their harvest for the week. It’s fun to see what everyone is harvesting from his or her gardens in different areas.

Rain, rain, and more rain with little breaks in between kept me from digging the rest of the potatoes and cleaning up the garden this past week. I did venture out to harvest the rest of the Chile de árbol peppers:




A few were turning red but there is little chance of most of them ripening with our first frost expected any time now. I don't know what I will do with all the green chilies. Any suggestions?

Be sure to visit Daphne's Dandelions to see what others are harvesting this week.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Harvest Monday: October 1, 2012

Each Monday, Daphne’s Dandelions hosts “Harvest Monday” where everyone can share links to their harvest for the week. It’s fun to see what everyone is harvesting from his or her gardens in different areas.

The garden has been lucky to escape frost so far. Garden cleanup is happening at a slow pace. We've had a lot of rain the past few days. Dryer and cooler days earlier this week were perfect for digging some of the potatoes. So far the yield is promising to be great:

Dark Red Norland Potatoes

The Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans have bounced back from the Japanese beetle and deer damage and continue to produce and provide some beans for fresh eating:

Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans

My attempt at growing some fall crops yielded a small harvest of Kale and some New Zealand Spinach:

Kale and New Zealand Spinach

Be sure to visit Daphne's Dandelions to see what others are harvesting this week.