Thursday, October 29:

Those of us who are employed off-farm are on break today.  All eight of us were busy with fall chores:  one was giving a late clipping to the pastures where canes cut or grazed in July, but regrown since, were spreading wine-colored snarls over the green cool-season grasses; two cut and shocked the Country Gentleman and Japanese hulless corn; three worked on the trim in the new farm store, and one more topped fodder beets for the root cellar.  The last, a seven-year-old, floated from job to job as the fancy took him.