It has started to feel like winter here in North Texas. My husband is ready for the cold weather, but I most certainly am not. I prefer fall and spring weather where I don’t need to turn on the heat or air conditioning. I also like to go outside without a jacket. I know that compared to other places it may not seem much like a winter, but for someone who hates the cold, it feels like it to me. So far I made it through a weekend of near-freezing temperatures without turning on the heat. But I think this weekend I'll have to break down and turn it on.
We still have many tomatoes on the vine, but now we are getting frost and getting ever-closer to that freeze mark. A couple of weeks ago I was out in the garden making sure that everything was covered up, but this week my body is not up for the task. I did pick all the ripe tomatoes, though.
I sure hate to leave all of those tomatoes, but it's getting to be too much to try and save everything. I have had almost a full week of neck and shoulder pain that saps all my motivation. I think it's time to move on and let the summer garden go.
This week, out at the ranch where I volunteer, I thought I was dressed warm enough, but I was wrong. I am not used to dressing in layers. The temperature outside wasn't too bad, but the wind made everything so cold. Since I'm not used to spending a lot of time outside in the cold, I know it will be a challenge for me at the ranch this winter.
They say overall it should be a mild winter, but that doesn’t rule out having some strong cold fronts. I want enough cold to kill off those evil mosquitoes. However, I don’t want to be kept from my quality time with the chickens. I definitely hope they are right about that mild winter!