Embracing Fall on the Homestead

Reader Contribution by Faithful Homesteader
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We are finally getting some fall weather here in North Texas. We are loving it. Even though we had a small break in the hot weather during the summer, for the most part it had been hot and muggy. We have been waiting a long time for fall.

Our girls enjoying the day.

One of the hardest things for me with the summer was spending less time with the chickens. It was just too hot to spend much time outdoors. I found that the thick air caused me to have breathing problems. I am definitely looking forward to spending more time with my girls.

The main problem with that is that the mosquitoes are still stalking me. Even last night as I tried to go to sleep in my own home, I was attacked by a mosquito. They are certainly another thing about summer that I dislike. I am not ready for super cold weather, but I wouldn’t mind just enough cold to kill them off for the season.

The change in the weather really brings about a great sense of joy for me. Today was a beautiful fall day. The sun was out, and there was a lovely cool breeze. I was able to spend a little time with the chickens, and it was nice. They are my therapy.

I will miss the spring and summer birds. However, I do look forward to seeing different birds returning to the homestead. I like the white-crowned sparrow, American goldfinch and cedar waxwing birds, among others.

We are still enjoying some of our summer crops, but we are looking forward to our fall garden. I wrote about that in End of the Summer Garden and Beginning of the Fall Garden. I am hoping for lots of carrots. They are definitely a favorite vegetable of mine!

The biggest challenge now is figuring out the best way to dress. It is definitely cool enough to start wearing pants again, but I like wearing summer attire. Nevertheless, whatever the minor challenges, I am definitely embracing fall on the homestead.

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