Friday, October 05, 2012

The Leaves are Falling and the Color is Fading!

Wow, It's amazing how fast the season changes! Just 5 days ago the Fall foliage was at the peak of color and today it looks like Winter will be here in a week  just a few hours...

My front yard 9-24, then 9- 30, and today, 10-5...


In the last week, I've been busy with Fall projects, but Nancy and I managed to get in one more day in the kayaks. We had a nice 70° day and thought it was too nice to be working round the house, so we loaded up and took off for a slow paddle a local lake.


I also managed to find the time for a ride on the FJR. It's been neglected lately, so I warmed it up and took it for a nice long ride. I filled the tank and added Sta-bil.


Nancy noticed that at night, when the lights are on in the backyard, the orange colored leaves really glowed... We tried to capture the colors in the night photographs we took.


It hasn't been all fun and games though. I added a few things to my tool box. I bought a couple of American made files to sharpen my axes, a splitting maul, and in keeping with my family's Scandinavian heritage, I bought a Husqvarna chainsaw. My Uncle's old Jonsereds 49SP was getting a little rough and no longer wanted to start easy or idle.
The new saw is so much different than the old one. It starts quick, has a compression release to make starting it easier, is a lot quieter, vibrates less. Just a much nice tool to use. I've been cleaning up a lot of downed trees in the area around the house.

I've just about filled this little stack, and I'm starting to add more the the pile out back.


It's now 1150 p.m. and it's snowing for the second time this fall.... That's Screamer(one of the cats) saying hello about 9 seconds into the video.
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14 comments:

  1. Erik:

    I can imagine it now. Sitting by the fireplace, crackling flames casting a nice glow in the room thinking how nice and warm you are being inside and not out in the winter cold.

    when I was young my job was to cut the firewood and stack it. Our first home had a furnace that was wood fueled. When I came home from school I had to cut kindling and with crumpled newspaper, light the fire to get the house warmed up. We also had a coal bin and when the fire got going really good, I had to shovel coal into the fire and keep it going during the evening.

    We had to convert our fireplace to a gas insert as it was very messy cleaning out the ashes from the inside and also we nearly had a fire because a cinder flew out on the carpet. With the gas, we can turn it on and off whenever we need it

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast
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  2. Bob, One of the things Nancy wanted in our home was a fireplace, and I wanted a large garage. We got both with this place. She's so happy to have a wood burner.

    My wood piles are getting larger, but I only have about a face cord of well seasoned wood for this winter. Next winter's wood supply will be much larger! It's only limited by my work.

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  3. Simply brillant photos eric. Its amazing how fast the leaves fell off.

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    1. Every day the trees get barer! I bet in a week there will be almost no leaves left on the trees.

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  4. Erik, I can't believe you have snow again (already.) It does seem that the seasons pass faster and faster - oh to be our age, but have time pass at the speed it did when we were 6 - then life would be perfect.
    PS - Hello Kitty!

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    1. It's funny, it seams the older I get the faster time flies by.

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  5. Snow is just around the corner. It's been freezing cold here. This weather makes me feel depressed, lol

    NINJA ZX-14 MotoVlog

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    1. Same here. I'm not the biggest fan of winter, but I tolerate it.

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  6. Nice looking new tools. I just replaced the bar and chain on my 25 yr old Stihl and after cleaning the air filter, it now idles again. I'm not as ambitious. I still have a multi-fuel boiler (oil, wood, coal) but it takes a lot of wood to heat the house and coal is no longer generally available in town these days.

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    1. I've been busy with the new saw. I cut up a few more wind fallen trees and had to start and other wood pile.
      I also just had my old utility trailer sandblasted and now I have to prime and paint it.
      I won't run out of things to do this fall.

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  7. Those colors are gorgeous. I am glad you were able to get another Kayak ride in and an FJR ride too.

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    1. I know there's a few more riding days ahead! It's not over yet.

      The leaves are pretty much all gone, except for a few oak trees.

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  8. Ouch! Snow already! Good luck, and I'm glad you were out on the kayaks and FJR for a quick spin before winter really sets in. :)

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    1. 2 snowfalls already. There's still a little time left for a ride or 2... I hope.

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