I haven’t visited the cabin in my head recently. Today is a good day for it as the weather here is gloomy, blustery and showery. Things are hopping at the cabin. The front steps are decorated with plump mums and varying sizes of pumpkins. Corn stalks stand guard on either side of the stout oak front door while ropes of bittersweet festoon the top of the doorway.
It’s been busy here. Last month a bunch of gal friends came by for a long weekend of canning. We put up quarts of tomatoes, green beans, and salsa (great holiday or house gift) followed by small batches of cherries, blueberries, pumpkin purée and some chow chow. We had a great time. My friends help themselves to whatever canned items they want with the understanding of bringing the empty jars back to be refilled next year.
This year we had a surf and turf night complete with some cowgirl steaks on the grill, steamed lobsters, and roasted brussel sprouts fresh from the garden. Since the weather is oddly warm this fall, our feast was enjoyed on the deck accompanied by a cheery fire in the nearby firepit. Normally we are confined to the spacious country kitchen.
I make a point of structuring my writing to coincide with the changing of the seasons. Therefore, the most recent draft of a mystery novel was sent to my editor prior to our special weekend. With the holidays looming, I am apt to spend time plotting the next novel, decorating, planning the Thanksgiving menu, and fielding the suggestions from my editor.
Smells like the pumpkin pie is done. The book club is coming by and will also help me make some tea sachets from some of the dried herbs from this year’s garden! Bye for now.