A Tale of Two Climates

We live in the valley, where there have been some mighty hard freezes in the past week.  Therefore, the garden is totally kaput (with the exception of some beets waiting to be dug). (I’d say, "dug up," but I’m a teacher.)  Anyway, Claudia lives on the hilltop, where she is still enjoying fresh garden vegetables and herbs.  There must be at least a 10 – 15 degree difference between our homesteads during the night.  Today she gave me some just-cut parsley and dill, and a couple of peppers, which turned into dinner:

That was cream of potato soup with dill and parsley on top. (I think it was so hot the steam obscures it!) It’s definitely cold enough to want soup as often as possible.  Below are some ready-to-grill vegetables and tofu. 

So the early sunsets and cold temperatures make us very aware of all the house projects we had all summer to do and now must do asap.  Below, A prepares the house for some new siding.  (Don’t worry, K, it gets cut out for the windows!)

He’s not the only one who uses those ladders.   This morning, Spunky was so desperate to come in out of the rain, he positioned himself so we’d be sure to see him.  Won’t anyone let this poor cat in?

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6 Responses to A Tale of Two Climates

  1. wei_k says:

    aww Spunky is so cute!

  2. Spunky is adorable!
    Your soup looks and sound delish – soup is definitely the BEST thing about colder weather.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I don’t want to make you jealous (and really you shouldn’t be because although we haven’t had freezes, the weather sucks) but Ken bought a delicious pint of the “last local strawberries” of the season. Strawberries. Sheesh.
    BTW, saw Judy, Michael, Ari and Ari’s girlfriend this afternoon. Judy and Michael are visiting Ari in Olympia but will be at our house Friday and Sat. Only had about 45 minutes because I had to go babysit.

  4. Anonymous says:

    p.s. poor spunky! Let that cat in!!!

  5. cc-italy-2010
    You won’t believe it but the parsley, dill, and sage are still abundant and there is a vine of green baby plum tomatoes crawling down the stone wall struggling to ripen, and we live HOW FAR apart from each other, 12 minutes? Guess it’s more of an altitude thing?! PS Happy Halloween which means… Happy November eve! Eeeeeeks, now that is scary!

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