It's been three weeks since I clicked "publish." Not that I haven't spent any time here. Not that I haven't peeked at your blogs to see what you've all been up to. Not that life has been dull here in and around Dole Valley. On the contrary, life has been full and busy with all my favorite things and people. It's just that every time I sat down and began working on a post, there was so much else going on to occupy my thoughts, and, honestly, I wasn't feeling very inspired. The words just didn't come. And since I'm not much of a writer, it was easier to not try. I kept telling myself that I'd eventually post again. And here I am.
A lot can happen in three weeks! We've "processed" our meat chickens, we've picked berries and made jam, we've baked, we've gone to the coast, we've begun a massive landscaping re-do, we've gardened, celebrated Charlotte's 1st b-day, and chopped wood for this fall. We finished lessons for the school year and have begun planning for September. The kids are still working on math which they are not happy about, and they're filling our house with music as they work on summer assignments on the piano and violin. If we're diligent, we sing hymns together in the morning after our devotions. :) But sometimes the mornings get away from us, and that's ok.
I've been knitting and crocheting and reading (and if you come back tomorrow, you can see what I've been up to). A couple patterns I'm working on for KnitPicks have demanded my attention and are almost wrapped up! Ideas keep coming to mind, so I've begun a journal of sorts to keep track of them.
The garden is growing like crazy; we've been enjoying fresh green salads and peas and berries -- cukes are coming soon. Garlic is ready for harvest and cut herbs are hanging in bundles, drying for use throughout the fall and winter and spring. My echinacea plants are coming into bloom, so it's just about time to start making some tincture for cold and flu season.
Later today we're off to visit Charlotte and her sweet momma and take a dip in their pool; it's been hot here. And humid. And while Dan is at a Deacon meeting this evening, the kids and I are going to the theater to see this. Have you seen it?
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