When we got up this morning, the outdoor thermometer said 38 degrees. There were a few patches of light frost in the lower areas but I am hoping that the tomato and herb plants survived. They are on the side of the house on a slope, so I think that the colder air might have slid right past, down to the lake.
The pond was steaming profusely, so I went and got the camera for a few pictures before it burned off. Sure enough, if I had waited even half an hour, it would all have been gone. While I am glad the excessive heat and dryness of the summer has passed, I hope we have a long, mild fall. And a short, mild winter for a change. The past few winters have been quite cold and snowy and I think we all could do with a break. The wildlife seems to be hiding out lately. I have seen only a few deer in the evening along with the usual squirrels. Surprisingly we have a few mink living in the vicinity. We see them on occasion, often just when I start to wonder if someone has illegally set traps here and gotten them. They are so much fun to see – aways a surprise and never for long. I usually see them on my way out along the drive and never when I have my camera. They look like the ferrets in the pet store, only minky brown of course.
It hasn’t gotten cold enough in the house yet to to turn on the furnace and since it is supposed to get back up into the 70’s this week, I am determined not to turn it on yet. It is supposed to be clear every day so the house should stay warm with the radiance of the sun, even without the furnace going on.