The leaves are starting to change colors and falling off the trees. I have heard other people make similar observations about their areas, all up and down the east coast. The Farmers Almanac says this is going to be a bitter winter, and they have a good track record in my experience. I don't know why, I realize the almanac is not "scientific" but they do. There's a caterpillar here called the "wooley booger." People say that if you see them early and they are very fuzzy, it means winter will be hard . I've had big wooley boogers out on the wood pile for a week now.
This is not an academic exercise. How bad the winter is going to be determines how much diesel I buy for my storage tanks, and how much propane I get in the Fall during the "Fall fill up." It's a by guess and by golly situation but it can make a big difference.
It's time to buy some country hams and hang them in the store room. This is the best time of year to get them, and they'll keep virtually forever in a cool, dry place. They aren't cheap though. So if we have a bad winter and the kids don't come down for Thanksgiving and Christmas, I won't need as many as I would if they did come. We usually send them back up with three or four hams. Funny how the weather effects the least little things.
I need to finish getting wood in. There's literally tons of wood on my land, and I do cut some of it up and split it. But without my son to help me, cutting it up, hauling it to the truck out of the woods, unloading the truck, splitting the wood and stacking it are rough. Lately I have been buying loads already cut and split so all I have to do is stack them at the house.
Well, better start getting ready to go to town.