Still stormy

(131:  Cloudy with spots of sunshine.  Photo © 2009 by Robin)

Early this morning the furnace kicked in for the first time this season.  The rain and gusty winds continue.  And the sunflowers are almost finished for this year.  The birds have been chowing down on the seeds and it won’t be long before it’s time to cut down the plants.

I’d like to get out and work in the garden, get it winterized.  Unfortunately the weather has not been cooperating.  M and I also need to do some work back in the woods where there are large branches and whole trees down.  The pond needs some help from us as well.  The weed growth this year, in spite of the cool summer, has been tremendous.  We’re thinking of doing a drawdown this winter in hopes that freezing will kill off some of the plants.

Hopefully the weather will clear up soon.  The gray and gloomy weather make it difficult to maintain a sunny disposition.

16 Comments on “Still stormy”

  1. jenna says:

    “chowing down” 🙂
    What’s a draw down?

  2. Robin says:

    A drawdown (which I just discovered is one word according to the pond experts — I’ve been reading about the best ways to get rid of pond weeds) is when you reduce the water level to the extent that the weeds along the edges are exposed and on dry ground. Hopefully the freezing cold temperatures of winter will then kill the weeds so that when the water levels are raised again in the spring the weeds will be gone.

  3. Anna Surface says:

    Gorgeous sunny flowers! It has been downright cold here. We haven’t got our furnace lit and probably won’t until the end of October. I did have the electric heaters on this morning! It is still nippy during the day. You sure do have a lot of pond knowledge!

    • Robin says:

      The weather prognosticators are calling for the first frost tonight, Anna, so the furnace goes on early around here.

      As for the pond knowledge, we attended a pond clinic when we first bought the property, but I think we’ve learned more through experience than at the clinic. 🙂

  4. kel says:

    i appreciate your ‘weather’ reports
    and they remind me to continue holding you in our thoughts and prayers as you weather the storms of life at the moment

  5. solange says:

    Love your blog picture, writing … beautiful creation
    love and light

  6. Norm says:

    Funny how one week the A/C is humming away and then we’re suddenly wondering what shape the furnace is in, in case it’s needed. If it wasn’t so windy here we’d be getting frost on the old pumpkin tonight.

  7. anhinga says:

    The graceful curve of those slender leaves takes this picture out of the ordinary.

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