Just an update of what we've been up to around here. Gathering pumpkins and buttercup squash by the laundry basket full. (Learned a little tip from Mrs. Welling: got to gather them and harden them off before the first frost. That way they last all winter. Squash don't need to be kept cold, just cool like in a garage where it won't freeze.) We've chopped up 5 cords of wood with the children's help. I spent this morning cleaning off our roof and gutters, patching holes in the gutters..what fun, but it's got to be done! Jason mowed a maze through our tall grass and the boys have been running their hearts out! They're sleeping really well at night with all the wood work and running. Hogen has really become helpful this fall, now that he's 6. Lots of work to do before winter and curling up by the woodstove and reading lots of books aloud.