Where does a week go? Time flies, right? It sure seems to lately...
I've been making plans for some exciting giveaways here on the blog -- coming over the next four Mondays, in fact -- so stay tuned!
We emptied our school room to paint and make way for our home office...still have shelves to install, a second office chair to put together, and almost eight years of homeschooling memories to sort through. :) Funny how although we've always had a school room, so much of our schooling takes place at the kitchen table, in the family room by the wood stove, and on blankets out on the lawn. Of course, as the kids have grown older, so much of their work is done independently, and they are often found reading or doing a math lesson on their beds in the quite of their rooms. Life is changing 'round here... But I muse. :) One wall of this room will still be devoted to homeschooling bookshelves and supplies since we simply don't have anywhere else to put them, but an office our school room has become.
AnnaLynn baked a huge batch of biscuits so we could sample and compare the different jam flavors we canned recently. They were all delicious!
The garden has produced beyond our wildest expectations! Having been away for three weeks in July, I had low expectations of an abundant harvest, but the automatic watering system Dan installed just before we departed and careful tending since we returned have paid off! Have you ever eaten an entirely homegrown meal? Yes, even the chicken (we still have a few left in the freezer from last year, believe it or not). What a joy to sit around the table and enjoy the fruit of our labor! And to pass on the passion to our children to grow thier own food, priceless!
Besides the jam we put by a while ago, the kids also helped with the freezing of several quarts of green beans and the canning of pears we picked at my sister's. Pears are Dan's favorite, so these will make a nice addition to his lunches this winter.
I've mentioned that my beanie pattern was off being test knitted, which it has been, but I just wasn't satisfied with the decreases. So, while my test knitter patiently waited, I reworked the decreases and am finally ready to send them off to her. Lord willing, my new pattern will be available on Ravelry within the next week! In preparation, AnnaLynn agreed to a little photo shoot in our back yard. :)
And finally, my dad and stepmom came for a visit! We watched "The Princess Bride" at the local winery on Friday evening, we feasted on grilled burgers and salmon, we enjoyed lots of good conversation (and quality knitting time!), and we captured a four-generations photo. :) Time does indeed fly by. How in the world I ever came to have a 25 year old son and be a grandmama, I just can't fathom. And my dad is a great-grandpa -- wow!
"Lately" inspiration here. :)
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