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First frost in northern Minnesota

Sep 16 2016 -
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It sure seems cruelly early for this but we just had a frost advisory two nights ago :/ I am happy to report though that we’re back to 60s and 70s now but it’s not without the tinge in the air, that north wind just biding its time… One year mom and I golfed after thanksgiving… I fear that this year will probably not see us doing that! When I was a kid we generally wore snow suits over our Halloween costumes and it was not at all strange to have a snow storm pretty much any time in October. However, things have been different the last decade and I just hope we get another month and a half (at least!!!) of bare ground and not freezing yet. We shall see. I hit our garden hard and harvested all of our herbs now it looks like a deer got in there. All that’s left are the bell peppers and too much lettuce. Next week I’ll post about both our failures in our garden as well as what I plan on doing next year. I was alone the night the temperature dropped and at around midnight I grabbed my camera and headed outside – the resulting photos are what you’ll see here today 🙂

UPDATE: December 15th, 2017. Joe and I are now divorced. I will not be deleting blog posts like this one as it is still a diary to some extent of my past and that still matters to me. I wish I had been more honest about how things were going to you guys here on the blog… I thought things would get better. There was always something: once this happens then he won’t be so angry… But, eventually, he ran out of excuses and I had to face my reality that I was wrong about Joe in every way possible. Grandma’s house is completely mine so now it can actually become what I dreamed it would be on all those late nights alone when I was renovating it. Happiness does not always come the way we expect it to, sometimes it even takes a broken heart to get us there, and I still believe in happy endings!

The first frost up here in northern minnesota and my learning to see what its like to live alone for a little while.

Cold temperatures are not ever without their beauty. Some of the most beautiful shots of the sky I’ve ever taken was when the temperature was experiencing an extreme change whether to the colder or the hotter. I spent this week without Joe by my side as he took an offer he could not refuse of a big stone job in a town two hours away from here. It would just be foolish for him to attempt to drive back every night in his truck – we figured it would be $200 a week to do that just in gas! So, he’s staying out there week nights and will be home Friday nights to spend weekends where he belongs. He’s really not happy about it but I honestly encouraged him to take the job – it is a good job and work is work. This first week without him my dad must have decided that I don’t know how to feed myself so the first three nights he was here with me watching the most recent season of the walking dead so he’s all caught up for the new season beginning in October. He always brought supper whether I cooked it then or he brought it cooked lol. It was ok. My dad and I once had such a retched relationship that we did not speak for nearly a decade but, nowadays, with Joe in my life dad has been hanging out with us. He really likes Joe and I really appreciate that. When we’re alone together it still feels awfully strange and we always make sure we’re watching something so we don’t have to make much conversation but I guess there is nothing wrong with that 🙂

The first frost up here in northern minnesota and my learning to see what its like to live alone for a little while.

I finally had one night to myself after work one day and got some projects done. My plan was always that when Joe was gone it would give me the opportunity after work to work on the house and things so I filled the night right up and couldn’t believe it when it was midnight already. The coldest night it was down to 59 in the house but I’m such a frugal creature I refused to make a fire, no need to waste firewood at this point! I just plugged our heating blanket in and added another layer to my wardrobe. The first thing Joe did when he got home was start a fire lol I told him he didn’t need to do that for me, we need as much firewood as we can keep for when the temperatures are actually cold! Like say minus twenty degrees in January kind of cold! But it sure did feel wonderful and my gosh, there is nothing more cozy then the smell of a wood fire when there’s frost outside.

The first frost up here in northern minnesota and my learning to see what its like to live alone for a little while.Make money by shopping online by using Ebates!

The morning after the frost everything was soaking wet and the fog was dense. I took this shot of the barn out of our master bedroom window. Looking at the fire pit and I really miss summer already! We’re not over yet though, we can certainly have ourselves a few more bon fires without having to wear snow suits and, goodness knows, a fire is always better when its actually cold enough outside to want to be near it. I’ve been asked if I’m nervous being in our house alone etc. But, no, I can’t say being alone here makes me nervous at all. I don’t think this place will ever feel scary to me, this is home, this is my Grandma’s house, I can’t think of a place on this earth I feel more secure or more like where I belong. I will say though it is awfully quiet without Joe around lol!

The first frost up here in northern minnesota and my learning to see what its like to live alone for a little while.

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  1. Sue
    September 19, 2016 at 1:07 am

    Love your article, I can’t wait for it to get cold enough here to use our fireplace, it is a wood burning (the best kind to me), and it IS wonderful to smell it when the air is cold. I’m glad you feel safe in your grandma’s without anyone else there, My house has so much of my grandmother’s things, pictures, cabinets, windows and doors, and the bead board walls in it that I feel like she is here with me. And like you, I feel very safe here alone.I really enjoy everything you write! Can’t wait to hear from you again…

    • September 19, 2016 at 2:57 pm

      Thank you Sue! Thank goodness we haven’t had to light another fire since! I’m worried about having enough wood for the winter lol hopefully we’ll have a good long fall! Talk to you soon!

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