Friday, September 4, 2015

Hair Cuts & School Days

At least a few times a year we all line up and get haircuts done by Monte, and being that I don't ever see myself sporting a hip or trendy hairstyle,  I think I'm done paying for haircuts. Once school begins anything to make the mornings run smoother is a priority, so this means haircuts.  Joining the crew this year was my sweet soon-to-be Kindergartner.  I think the days of his long locks are a thing of the past, he's tired of the sweaty neck, and the hair in his eyes, especially now that he's riding a two wheeler.

They'll be a day when I'm nagging him to 'Get a Haircut', but seeing those long curls gone is just another reminder that he's moving up.  What will I do now that he's Kindergarten bound.... that means five days a week (well three once preschool starts) I'm alone (until noon anyhow).  Do I get a job, volunteer, start a new hobby, or pick up a old one?????  I feel as nervous as he does about our new adventures, for 10 years I've had a constant companion, and now what.... I'm out of practice.

Abe only nervously sighed twice waiting for the bus on his first day of Kindergarten, I only sighed once when his hair fell to the ground......  I wonder how many sighs until I feel okay about an empty house..... Wish us both good luck!

Lazy Summer Days

I think the lazy summer days are the ones that I'll miss the most.  They're the days that we seem to be the most connected.  No appointments to keep and deadlines to make, just us and our choice of how to spend the day.   A day on the porch watching the humming birds... a day in the yard working on our masterpieces (Abe sets this up on his own, and what you might wonder was this masterpiece.... a beautiful sunset behind his dad working on a tree, in a cemetery, with a couple of headstones, of which you can see the occupants inside.... every artist has a bit of a dark streak).... a bike ride.... a hike.... or a day at the beach.... all great choices on how to spend our day.  


I'm a little sad to see another summer come to a close,  knowing that my children are getting older.... I miss the sweetness of tiny kisses.  But them getting older brings us closer on a different level.  I enjoy our conversations, I love their stories, and I feel extra special when I'm granted entrance into their world and get to see their explorations for the day.  How lucky am I! 

With summer coming to an end I guess I'll do what I can to squeeze a couple more outings just like these before we trade swimsuits for backpacks, and lazy days for homework (blech!).

Garden Journal

These last few weeks in the garden:

-We've been fortunate enough to have a seriously late crop of peas, that despite there arrival date were very tasty.

-Harvested more squash & zucchini (please save us!), beans, cucumbers, and a second crop of strawberries.

-Spotted the first few butternut squash almost ready to pick.

-Feasted on tomatoes (even Bob)... I've made 8 quarts of salsa, gallons of pico, and tomato on toast has become a twice a day snack.

-Been slightly disappointed at our pumpkin production (I only see one, and a couple of reeeeaaaally tiny ones).

-Reminded myself once again that I must thin the carrots earlier.... baby carrots????

-I've googled at least a half dozen ways to properly salt and prepare sunflower seeds so that they are just as good as the ones we buy at the store.

-And.....Weeellllll.... Reeeeallllly... I've actually been pretty neglectful in my gardening duties as I hit the road with a couple of friends on a weekend thrifting marathon.... which resulted in the $2.50 purchase of this huge, hand quilted, 100% polyester, multicolored quilt.  It only took four washes, a half gallon of vinegar, and a solid week of airing out to rid it of the moth ball smell.... it was worth every bit of work and smart comments made by the male population in the house.... I love the look of it hanging from the outside bridge.

Maybe I'll manage to get one more post of the garden before it's all gone, but if not, please save me from myself and come take what you can (although the zucchini lasagna wasn't all that bad)..... and..... Happy Gardening!