October 20th, her birthday and the almanac’s usual date for the last frost-free day. By now we have normally had several heavy frosts, if not a freeze or snow storm, in our part of the Appalachian mountains. Today, the thermometer read 70F when it was light enough to see outside, and passed 80F by afternoon. No frost. No freeze. No snow. No need to run the wood stove. Linda canned 12 quarts of tomato sauce and we had salad with home-grown tomatoes at lunch. We are still watering the potted plants on the deck, when we should be taking them down for winter storage in the shed. I am mowing the lawn, when I should be putting the plow on the tractor and checking the snow blower. After showering, the questions was, do I wear jeans or shorts this evening.
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