It has been such a good summer! Fun, and busy. Too busy to write in blogs! I’m excited to share our summer update with you, though, so read on. :D
In the garden:
Today I pulled up the onions, which was probably overdue. I have them drying out on my front porch now, and the smells wafting in here are strong but lovely! The boys and I dug up the potatoes last week. They’re smaller than in the past, and there are fewer of them, but at least we have some. The tomato plants look really awful, and I’m contemplating removing the tomatoes and allowing them to ripen in bags, indoors, maybe. If it will save the tomatoes, that’s what I’ll do. I’m waiting to hear back from my master gardener advisor on this issue. :) The cucumber plants are developing some sort of blight or fungal problem, but so far we’ve had more cukes than we can keep up with, so apparently the problem is not affecting the fruit. By the time it does, we’ll probably have eaten our fill of cukes, so I’m satisfied. We have loads of peppers (hot and sweet), one good result of all that heat! We’ve still got some carrots, but we’ve eaten pretty much all the lettuce. If I can, I’ll get another crop in and hopefully it’ll grow before it’s too cold. I need to get busy with that though, soon.
I never did update about our assessment. It went really well. The woman that came here was so enthusiastic about our “style” – it was very reassuring to me. She said “this is how homeschooling should be!” I am now getting ready to write our plan for our second year. It’s due by Labor Day so I hope to finish it up by the end of this week.
I finally broke down and purchased a new sewing machine. I was in the middle of making a duvet cover for the guest room bed, and my machine (which used to belong to my grandmother and is olive green, if that gives you any indication of the age) just was not cooperating. It seemed like every time I tried to use it, it would work briefly and then start falling apart. It’s getting to be the time of year when crafting really picks up for me, so I wanted something that was reliable. So, I went out and bought one on Sunday afternoon, and I’ve finished the duvet cover (fabulous!) and matching curtains for the guest room, and a curtain for my bathroom. My next project is going to be some pj pants for the boys. I ordered two inexpensive but cute flat sheets to complement two that we already have so I can finally make the duvet covers for the boys’ comforters, which, uh, used to be white. Having duvet covers will definitely be an improvement for them! Easier for them to make their beds, also. It’s funny, they’re as excited about these as I am.
In the fall, I’d like to get back to work on the wool blanket I’m making for the family room. We all climb on the couch periodically to watch a movie as a family, and we don’t have a blanket (which we need in these chilly winters!) to cover us, without pulling one off a bed. My neighbor gave me three bags full of old wool clothing (she uses it to make hooked rugs) from thrift shops that she wasn’t going to use, so I’ve been washing/felting it and cutting it up. It will be a simple patchwork wool top with some batting and either a cotton or fleece back. I’m thinking cotton if I can use one of our old sheets for the back. Maybe even flannel.
As you can see, my new machine is being (and will continue to be) put to good use. It makes me happy.
A family update:
One of the highlights of the summer was traveling to CT to see my baby sister get married. It was a joyful occasion, a lovely ceremony full of love and shared with family and many old friends. I really enjoyed seeing everyone, and the boys had a wonderful time playing with their cousins that they only rarely see. The cousins are older and were gracious enough to let the boys follow them around the entire time. My boys still haven’t stopped talking about them.
My boys, all fancy for the wedding...sigh...you can dress them up...
Some of the other highlights of our full but absolutely wonderful summer:
- A visit from my closest old college friend – three nights of staying up til the wee hours of the morning and enjoying all that our area has to offer.
- A visit from Scott’s father’s family (his wife and two daughters) which included a wonderful day at the lake and a nice (and rare) dinner out.
- A night out for just Scott and me for our 13th wedding anniversary. Our second date this year! An improvement over last year, by one night.
- Many, many berries :D
- Fireworks for me and the boys on the 4th of July
- “Backpack Theater” on a rainy day
- Tee ball! Or t-ball, whatever way it is spelled. It was a hoot to watch, especially when Jonas was in the field doing yoga instead of fielding the ball. Truly hilarious.
- The circus – an amazing event by Circus Smirkus, which the entire family enjoys. I think maybe the adults even appreciate it more than the boys. It’s not to be missed if you live anywhere near where they put on a show – a truly wonderful youth circus.
- Concerts in the park – my favorite was the “Marble City Swing Band” but I also enjoyed the city band (which is more like an orchestra). I was surprised by how much Alec liked the swing music, also.
- Fishing and hiking and spending time with our friends from St. Louis. Their visit really needs its own post, with pictures. It was definitely one of the best weeks of the summer!
Speaking of pictures (or lack of pictures) – I’m sorry they’re so lacking in this post. I know pictures make blog posts more fun so I’ll try to have more next time!