Saturday, May 23, 2015

catching up...

It's Saturday and since I woke up early I figured that with just one week left in the month, I'd best do a catching up post before the month slips away entirely. It's been busy which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Trying to end the school year with the kids on a strong, high note while co-organizing our church's annual women's brunch at the beginning of the month, helping with appetizers for a friend's daughter's wedding the following weekend (the same one where AnnaLynn played violin), and sneaking away to the Oregon coast with dear, dear friends the weekend after that has had me on my toes (thanks, Timothy, for the delicious omelettes!).

Keeping up with the garden has slipped to the bottom of my priority list -- a place it shouldn't be throughout the month of May -- means we are growing a mighty crop of weeds. Lots of good stuff, too, but the weeds have nearly taken over and need several good days of hoeing before being covered with mulch for the season. The herb garden, on the other hand, is looking terrific, as is the bed we built the rock wall for early this spring.

The weather has swung from hot for here (low 80s in May?) to lows in the mid-30s over night. This week has been mild with late afternoon thunder showers which I have enjoyed; perfect weather for a pot of soup. We need the rain...the rivers are so low for this time of year.

We picked up both layer and meat bird chicks on the 13th; Daniel is their keeper, and he does a good job. :)  We hadn't planned to raise new birds this year, but our layers are slacking and our freezer is running low...

You all know I've had knitting flying off the needles, but most of that has been accomplished while the kids have been in their math and science classes as well as during piano and violin lessons (all of which totals ten hours every single week). Once the school year closes (as it will in just three weeks!), we'll have much more time for outdoor responsibilities. The classes my kids have taken this year were good for them, of course, but the amount of time we've had to be away from home has been a detriment in many ways to home life and the easy flow I prefer -- we've been on the go far too much. Planning for next year is already in full swing with just one day each week dedicated to outside educational commitments which will make keeping up with the house and property much, much easier to do. But I digress.

Summer plans are in the works... camping trips, day trips, hikes, the zoo, a Mariners game in Seattle, lazy days at the river, sleeping in, repainting / redecorating bedrooms, and projects around the homestead are all on our list. We are all looking forward to reading a few good books, grilling, and spending time with family and friends. Daniel will be working more with Dan, and he wants to take a summer driver's ed class with a friend, but we'll see. I'm envisioning a summer that isn't scheduled, the kind where you forget which day of the week it is. Sounds dreamy.

Lots more to share but I'm out of time for today...

Have a good and safe Memorial Day weekend -- don't forget to remember.
“We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”
James A. Garfield, May 30, 1868, Arlington National Cemetery
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  1. I am loving that blue/purple alum plant--so gorgeous. Your garden with the hens and chicks is really neat and lovely. Sounds like your summer plate is full and fun at the same time.

  2. I am loving that blue/purple alum plant--so gorgeous. Your garden with the hens and chicks is really neat and lovely. Sounds like your summer plate is full and fun at the same time.

  3. Anonymous5/23/2015

    That is the perfect kind of summer my friend :0) Enjoy your weekend...

  4. I agree - it is so much easier to be at home and I don't think children are missing out by not being involved in every outside activity under the sun. On the contrary, I think being at home is better for them.
    Love the rock wall - it looks fantastic. We live in volcano country so have HEAPS of rocks in all the paddocks. May have to make one myself.
    All the summer plans sounds like so much fun!

  5. wow, your garden is looking perfect! We haven't tackled the outside yet, we have been painting indoors. However soon we will be outside. Love that your are loving life!

  6. Lisa - You sound just like me! I usually sign my kids up for enrichment classes/clubs during the summer, but I just told Brad this past Saturday that I think we'll refrain from all scheduled things this summer. We too had an extremely busy school year this past year. Belonging to three different clubs meant that we were running way more than what we were used to. I need the summer to relax and decompress!


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