Well folks, it's finally feeling like autumn has arrived in the Mile High City. A very warm and dry autumn, but autumn nonetheless. Temperatures have finally cooled down into the 70's with even a few days in the 60's and I am soooo ready for the change!
Actually, I'm a lover of summer weather. The problem is that this time of year my allergies get so bad that even though I am heavily medicated, I just can't keep my bedroom window open and hope to breathe at night!
This meant that, crazy as it felt, I was running the air conditioning at night through the end of September, just to get the indoor temperature down to the low 70's so I could sleep. Even so, I was still waking up every night roasting to death. So the cooler temperatures have been a godsend in the sleep department!
CatMan and I went for a bike ride the other day down to Chatfield State Park and it was just lovely.
The rabbitbrush is in full bloom all along the bike path:
And we even came across a family of mule deer fattening up for winter:
I had a hard time convincing them to come out from the shade so I could get a better picture, but one was nice enough to pose for me:
The cucumber harvest continues at an incredible rate, and I'm gonna make another batch of refrigerator pickles today.
I've been using this recipe (minus the celery seeds and the accompanying trip to the ER) and the results are totally AMAZING! They actually taste like real pickles!! Not sure why this should surprise me, but it does. This is a welcome development because, due to food allergies, and the fact that all commercially made pickles contain either celery seed or dill, I haven't had a pickle in nearly 20 years. Seriously, I ate an entire jar in less than a week!
I also made a batch of roasted cherry tomatoes;
Only problem with them was that someone (who shall remain nameless) got a tad bit too excited, and popped a spoonful into her mouth without letting them cool adequately. So other than the burnt mouth aftertaste, they were delicious!
So tell me... does it feel like fall yet in your neck of the woods?