I'm not at all sure what plant this is that produces these luxuriant seeds every fall. Every time I see them I tell myself that I will try to remember and look them up, but I always forget. So I still don't know. But they're out there again now.
Friday was the first heating day of the season. The house was chilly enough to turn on the heating system. I only had it on for an hour and half and that was enough for the house to get comfortable. Later in the day we'll be cooking, so the oven will be on, and if that's not enough to keep us comfy I'll build a fire in the wood stove. Neither one of us likes it too warm in the house, so it doesn't take much to feel okay.
It's supposed to start feeling downright cold over the next few days. Still, the sun is out and there's been no wind (although a system is moving through right now) so the cold isn't penetrating, and if you're out in the sun it's quite pleasant. Good autumn weather.
The trees are dropping their leaves at a faster pace right now, but most of them are still on the trees. Raking won't have to happen for a while yet. Besides, there's still firewood to cut. I stopped by the chainsaw hospital on Thursday, but the part they ordered still hasn't arrived, so I'm still waiting.