Thursday, September 06, 2018


Sunny sunny day, busy busy busy busy day!

But is there ever a time when I wont pause to love and appreciate the bounty of the farmette gardens? Even in this late season? No there isn't.

I spend an early morning hour (or two) tiding things up a little.

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Breakfast. A bit hurried.

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A look at the brilliant September blooms...

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And then we're off to spend the day with my Mom, who has been patiently waiting for us to help her with the rest of her apartment/account/life set up.

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We work with her until it is time for me to pick up Snowdrop.

Don't tell me that weather has no impact on a mood. The girl is playful and joyous today. True, she is often playful and joyous, but today there is extra zip to her stride.

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(I am so amused when little Snowdrop tells big Ed what to do...)

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Ed and I have a few errands (very pleasant errands!) to run and we take her along for the ride. The first is one of our final trips to Stoneman's for their freshly picked corn. There are several working tractors in the Stoneman barn and the farmers are cool about letting kids "ride" them. I was told that Snowdrop enjoyed sitting on a John Deere at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. I tell her today -- that museum tractor? that's for city kids who can't sit on a real working tractor like you!

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Pick out our corn, Snowdrop!
This one?

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The Stonemans keep a goat. Just for the fun of it. Snowdrop is cautious around animals that can move quickly.

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But she loves them with her whole being anyway!

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She wants to check out the Stoneman cattle too. In fact, it's hard to lure her away from the farm....

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But we do move on: to the Fitchburg Farmers Market, where each year, farmer Natalie lets Snowdrop climb onto her truck and select the tomatoes for our winter freezing.

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It's a job Snowdrop loves all too much.

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Sunny days, sunny faces, ripe tomatoes, sweet corn. These are the gifts of early September.