“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat. In our mad rush for progress and modern improvements let's be sure we take along with us all the old-fashioned things worth while.” Laura Ingalls Wilder

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Oh Shucks

This has been a busy few weeks.  Summer is in full swing with vacationing AND gardening.  The calendar may say September, but I'm not in any hurry for the season to change; it took too long for summer to arrive.

Last weekend we drove to Sandpoint, Idaho with the family and stayed at a dude ranch.  There was some cooking involved as we had cabins with kitchens and shared meals.  This cut down on the expense and was actually fun to cook together and eat our meals outside on a picnic table.

Yesterday my pop and I drove to the local farm to pick 70 ears of corn to store away for winter.

shucked corn waiting to get blanched and frozen
 I think he was transported back to his farm boy days as we traversed through the corn field with our satchels.
Pop .... still a mid west farm boy at heart

The corn was shucked, blanched with some left on the cob and some cut to leave more room in the freezer.  Last year I canned corn and still have enough left to last through this winter.
shucks drying in the shed for winter tamales

There's no denying that autumn is just around the bend; our mornings are crisp ... and the day's are slow to heat.  The gardens are winding down.  Apples are filling out and limbs need propping up.  Raspberries are starting to put on a second crop ... tomatoes are turning red (FINALLY).  Lettuce is bolting, onion tops are flopping over.  And .. I've noticed the hummers have gone with the last of the summer breeze.

Soon ducks will fill the sky with their honking ... then I'll be happy for a rest from gardening and farm girl work.

How is your summer or winter winding down?


Star said...

Much the same as yours. We have sunny days but the mornings are cool and so are the evenings now. There's a nip in the air. My tomatoes are reddening finally too. It was a bad year for those. We had a bumper crop of runner beans but they all came at once after a slow start. Loved seeing the cabin, dad, bikes and corn - all new to me. I'm glad you got away for a break.

Sandy said...

Mrs. Mac,

The corn looks really nice, our corn here at the farmers market look pretty bad. It looks like your Dad is enjoying himself s
shucking the corn. I noticed your Dad wearing a US Marine Corp hat. Please, tell him Thank You for his service and we appreciate all that he's done for our country.
Sandpoint, ID Dude Ranch is a pretty place. Did ya'll work on the ranch? I love going to places like this for vacation.
Beautiful pictures, thank you for sharing.

Mrs. Mac said...

Star ... today was another busy, busy day. It's always hectic at the end of summer. In about another week I'll be longing for the change of seasons and slowing down a bit.

Sandy, Yes, my dad was in the Marines during the Korean War. From what I recall he was responsible for setting up the radio's and all the wiring that went along with them at the camps. We are proud of his service .. and thank you for your nice comment .. I'll share with him.

Sue said...

The garden is just about done--tomatoes, melons, and fall broccoli are all that is left. Though the summer passed quickly, I'm actually ready for some indoor time. Looking forward to that first day with the soup kettle simmering all day.......

Dorothy Adamek said...

Oh, we are the opposite! Our winter has officially ended, and Spring is eager to steal the stage. Blossoms and buds, leaves and more sun fill our days now. We're in no hurry to get rid of the goose down feather quilts just as yet, but as the days are lengthening. Yay for warmer weather.

That corn husking looks like heaps of fun :) Might have to plant some corn around here soon... xx

Anonymous said...

Mrs Mac

Glad you had a lovely holiday, the place looks fantastic!. God bless you and all your family.
Helen UK

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

The cabin looks so welcoming! What a great time you must have had.

Anonymous said...

That picture of your dad is cute! So glad you are enjoying your visit with them. I want to hear more about the dude ranch!

My summer is winding down too, but I'm looking forward to fall. I love the changing seasons and the kids are going back to school tomorrow! Yay! =)

Maria Stahl said...

A few years ago we thought briefly about moving to Sandpoint for a job opening. I'm glad we didn't, as the company started having financial issues very shortly after that and we could have ended up stranded, but I'd still like to visit.

Mrs. Mac said...

@ Maria .. that same company just used this dude ranch to shoot their Christmas catalog ... and I thought about you guys and how Barry might have been the photographer .. If only .. or that we'd be neighbors again :)

Jada's Gigi said...

Enjoy it while it lasts...I know it is fleeting up there.

Wendy said...

yeah, every time I just start to settle into a season, it's done. I'm really enjoying fall though. summer is suppowsed to be slower, but it tends to be the opposite. I'd love to see how you do those tamales!