Getting ready for, dare I say, … winter

Dear autumn reader,

With the help of some good friends (Thanks Adam and Kira!), we piled this birch in our yard earlier this summer …

We’ve spent the past week doing a lot of this …

And this …

So we’ll have plenty of this …

And won’t have to dress like this all the time …




  • Carol Heffley - Colden,NY says:

    Dear Eowyn, Remember you and Sam and the girls have an open invite to visit us in SE Arizona, if winter gets too bad. Remember to pack your bathing suits !!!All the best. Waiting for the Snowchild !!! – Carol Heffley

    • Eowyn Ivey says:

      Oooh, Arizona in January sounds pretty darn good. My father- and mother-in-law have a vacation place in Arizona, too. We might have to make a trip sometime.

  • Jim Novak says:

    Thanks for the reminder. I’ll start hauling in wood I cut this spring plus cut a little more, Call me crazy but kind of looking forward to winter.

  • Mr. Baer says:

    Yes, Jim, it has been determined by a panel of aged sages, you are crazy! And Eowyn, I don’t need no introspective photo reminders of winter! As it is, my wood’s all split and stacked, I’ve seen the beginnings of changing leaf coloration and the high bush cranberries turning a luscious red, but I’m still picking blueberries (found the mother lode yesterday afternoon), harvesting garlic, potatoes and carrots. Any contemplating of winter will be done from the hot tub, (turn that heat up a degree), as I gaze upon the newly painted ocean mural on the shed wall, dreaming thoughts of a trip to the south seas and hoping a legal bull moose walks into the yard.

  • Sue Mathis says:

    Leaves are actually falling in my yard already! I haven’t picked up the ones from last year yet!! A little slow on the draw, but really, who cares? This is Alaska.

  • Yaya says:

    Sure brings back memories. In the late 30’s, early ’40’s we had a wood shed full of split maple wood. I hated going into the shed as the field mice made their winter home there along with lots of spiders. Fortunately we had up to twelve cats, all of them dearly loved by me if not everyone in the family (e.g. your Great. Aunt Shirley.)

    Love reading all the comments, especially yours, Mr. Baer! Hope to meet you someday.

  • Eowyn Ivey says:

    I have to admit it, I love this time of year.

    Yaya — I imagine split maple must smell wonderful! And we don’t have field mice in our wood pile, but we do have an ermine. Grace got a great video of it. I might have to post it sometime.

    Mr. Baer, Sue, and Jim — I think fall might officially be here. Yellow leaves along the Glenn yesterday, caribou antlers in the back of trucks driving home, and the Alaska State Fair starts today.

  • Mr. Baer says:

    Fall is definitely here, picked a gallon of high bush cranberries yesterday afternoon to make cranberry ketchup to put on that spike/fork moose I got today. Makes up for the garden peas and cole crops being devoured in early August. High times in Chickaloon!

  • Mrs Penfold says:

    Yum. Why are there always such delicous ideas for dinner on this blog! Homemade cranberry ketchup! Would love Mr Baer’s recipe. xf