The wood stove got cleaned out and fired up yesterday. It instantly made it feel like a different season. It has been Autumn for several weeks now already, but just that smell of wood smoke in the house changes things. After a fun filled birthday weekend for the little babe, we had a quiet dinner of grilled cheese and homemade tomato soup and it felt just right. Hopefully my house will now dry out and stop molding. Hopefully the colder weather will kill the mosquitoes that have been plaguing us all summer. The little babe and I took a trial walk in the game lands last week - bad idea. The little suckers were all over us. The woods were full of various acorns and fungus of all colors, shapes and sizes, but we were focused on swatting. I managed to take a couple of pictures, then just put my head down and marched.
When we were marching, we noticed something strange - little white fuzzy balls that looked like spider egg sacs. They littered the ground and I noticed them specifically under oak trees. Apparently they are made by gall wasps. This article goes into detail.
We picked cold red raspberries before dinner last night - temps have been in the 40's at night, but the raspberries will go until the frost, the dark purple dahlias are thriving now, and the morning glories are positively glorious on top of our hog panel trellis and on the fence. The wind is blowing outside now, the wood stove fan is slowly turning, and the little babe is listening to Mrs. Piggle Wiggle. I'm not upset about the seasonal change; it feels good.