Happy Friday! Just popping by to let you know that I did a shop update earlier in the week. We had requests for earrings, so I posted more earrings. And there are a bunch of new buttons as well! We’ve been busy with custom orders and wholesale orders so there was a longer gap between shop updates. I’m so excited about all the new things! Oh, and I also wanted to mention- with all the new things (another shop update is coming soon!) – we’ve decided to discount the few things that have been in the shop for a little while and are ready to find their new home. So check out the sale section for some great deals!
Hello friends, have you been having a good holiday season? December was such a busy month for us that I didn’t have any high expectations for holiday knitting this year, but somehow I ended up knitting a cowl for B and a hat for Jeff. I was really happy about that. I haven’t taken pictures of those yet, but I did take a picture of the adorable ornament I knit for B this year. That knit wasn’t finished in time for Christmas, I knit it up the day after, but since we got our tree up later this year than we ever have before, he will still get to enjoy it for awhile since the house vote is to keep the tree up (forever, says one vote.)
The pattern is: Christmas Tree Ornament by Elizabeth Murphy. Ever since I saw the pattern, I wanted to knit one. I think the cinnamon stick for the “tree base” is too cute- the icing on the adorable cake. B told me he wants to sew beads all over it to decorate the tree, what a fun idea- I love it. (Oh, and the yarn was leftover from the sweater I knit for B a few years ago.)
I was so proud of myself for getting most of our Christmas shopping for family done in November, however we got busy with orders and such in December and I found myself scrambling to get all our gifts mailed out. Seeing as I’m getting more organized each year… next year I should have it all together. (Ha!) To simplify things, we did the same gift for the adults in our family- food. Because everybody likes food. (And if we don’t have time to make a handmade gift, we figure the next best thing is something edible.)
We did the same thing last year and it has seemed pretty popular. This year there were pistachios, dried fruit, chocolate, garlic olives, and more, in each package. It’s fun to put them together each year with some of our favorite things. Most of the kids got books this year, and I think we’ll do that again. I love to do unique gifts for all my nephews and Jeff’s grandson for birthdays and I love making things for them, but have realized that we need to keep things more simple for the holidays since our family is large and continually growing.
A fun holiday tradition we’ve had for many years now, is for Jeff to make custom wooden ornaments for the family. My stepmom chooses images that are representative of something memorable from that year, for each family, and then something special for each grandchild. I love seeing what she comes up with, and then I love seeing how Jeff transfers that to wood. After making them, Jeff burns the year on the back. It’s so fun to look back at them! This year when we were decorating our tree with ornaments, I was looking through all the unique ornaments for B from each year and it filled my eyes with tears, bringing back so many memories. Seeing an interest of his from each year reminds me of the age he was at during that time. What a fun gift to be reminded.
Oh, and I’ve always been curious about those oranges with cloves in them (Pomander Balls), so B and I made some this year. I bought cloves from Mountain Rose Herbs (our happy place, we all love going to their store), and a few oranges from the grocery store. We used toothpicks to poke a hole first, before putting the cloves in the orange, and it made it much easier that way. It was a nice, quiet project to work on before bed, and they smelled delicious. We are both wondering how many cloves they need, and how long they will last? Have any of you made them before? I should also ask if you have any favorite holiday movies you particularly enjoy? It’s A Wonderful Life is always a favorite of mine and makes me cry every time… I’m looking at the calendar and can’t believe there are only a few days left of this year!
This is what happens when I take too long to sort my photos… I end up sharing about fall things in the garden… in December. 🙂 I shared these pictures on Instagram and wanted to share them here too. Growing hardy kiwis in our garden has been a dream of ours for a long time- ever since we were introduced to the delicious fruit. Before our friends moved, they had a local nursery and we got our hardy kiwi plants from them. Then our kiwi plants waited in large pots in our yard for a few years, until we figured out exactly where we wanted to plant them. We knew they needed a strong arbor for support, but the sunniest area of our garden was limited on space for that so it took longer than we expected to figure out just the spot.
This summer Jeff and I were determined to get them in the ground, though, and decided that building an arbor was a project we wanted to do to celebrate our anniversary. (We seriously love working on garden projects for our anniversary.) We built an arbor at last! And what a good feeling it was to get those beautiful plants in the ground, they were becoming quite unhappy in pots. (We planted four of them, two males and two females.) Since moles have destroyed so much of our garden (even killing large fruit trees and mature blueberry bushes), we bought mesh planting bags to plant our kiwi plants in from Western Planting Solutions. (Now we just need to invest in enough of them to plant everything in our garden!) 🙂
We got our first three kiwi fruits this year! It felt like the plants were thanking us for planting them in the ground. Those little kiwis were delicious, and we savored them. I look forward to seeing our hardy kiwis completely covering the arbor, and we hope they’ll be covered in fruit and very happy in their new spot for years to come.
I finished this adorable sweater for my cousin’s little girl. It was a long time in the making, and I was so happy to send it out this week in the mail at last. (And just in time for the holidays. Didn’t plan that, but so nice when it works out that way.) I got the yarn a few years ago, when we had a booth across from Barrett Wool Co. at a fiber festival. It was so fun to meet those sweet folks in person and I enjoyed knitting with their yarn- I would describe it as light and bouncy. When I came across their Wisconsin Woolen Spun yarn, I was delighted because my cousin grew up in Wisconsin, so it felt meant to be for the project. The colorway is called Blushing, it’s the softest pink, so pretty.
Jeff made me some carved heart buttons in red cedar wood for the project. I ended up making a blooper while I was finishing the band and ended up with one buttonhole, not two like the pattern called for, but I think the sweater looks just as sweet with one button. On a sunny day, I took the finished sweater outside and hung it up in the apple tree to take pictures. The leaves are so pretty when they turn yellow. It would seem with all this talk of knitting sweaters and pretty leaves and such that we’ve got a quiet, slow pace around here… but the pace has not been slow as we get ready for the holidays. I’ve been mailing out orders and gifts and oh my- such a busy time of year.
My heart has been going out to my stepmom, whose mother passed away last week. She has lost two parents in a short time. She wrote: “46 Years of marriage and after 22 days apart, they are back together again.” That makes me cry, it’s so sweet! I wanted to write about it here and wasn’t sure where, but figured a knitting post is just as good as any to share all the things on my mind and in my heart. Zoe gave the best hugs! Seriously. She would just wrap you up and it felt so good you didn’t want her to let you go. It was so hard to see her in her final years struggling with dementia, but I’ve been thinking about my earlier memories with her.
All these random memories have been coming to me- the smell of her garlic bread… creating a fort in a tree behind her home… her bird Jakie looking in the mirror, whistling at himself and saying “pretty bird”… the time she rushed us to the basement and we hid under the stairs during a tornado warning… and so many more. It’s the feeling behind those little memories that I treasure. I’ll miss you Zoe! I’m so grateful that my son was able to get to know his great grandparents… that you were a part of his life.
P.S. One thing that delayed my progress on finishing up this little sweater? That cute fluff ball (right before I trimmed his hair around his eyes so he could see better!) I was so used to using the window seat in the living room for the place where I blocked my knits for years… that I momentarily forgot it was one of our dog’s favorites spots to lay. While the sweater was blocking there, he came in from outside with muddy paws and jumped up on it. I snapped a quick picture when I spotted the guilty party there (how could I be upset? he was too cute thinking I’d made him a special new sleeping blanket.) He got up, leaving behind a few perfect puppy prints on the sweater. I was nervous that with the light color of the yarn I wouldn’t be able to get the paw prints out, but it was a happy knitting story in the end because a few soaks in some warm wool wash and it was as good as new, thank goodness!
P.P.S. Edited to add: just published this post and then realized that I didn’t share the pattern. Tired brain! It’s past my bedtime. The pattern is the Empire Waist Cardigan by Susan B. Anderson. It’s from her book Kindred Knits– so many cute patterns in there!
Hello friends, how have you been? I’ve been going to bed early lately, but tonight I decided to stay up after my family fell asleep because this space was calling me. It’s been getting dark here early, and our bedtime routine has gotten earlier along with it. I find it more challenging in the summertime when it’s light out so late, but this time of year it’s much easier to head to bed early when the darkness makes you feel ready to be cozy. Early bedtimes have felt welcome. Have those of you in the northern hemisphere been feeling that way too?
The house is quiet right now except for the occasional crackle from the woodstove, and it’s dark outside. Coming here to write, and soaking up some quiet time, is a gift to my spirit this evening. It feels like a long exhale. Life has been busy. It’s always busy, isn’t it? Whenever it gets especially so, I need little “breathers” to process it all. Somehow writing helps me process things, and it’s something I’ve really appreciated about having this blog ever since I started it years ago.
Our days have been so full and busy, it hasn’t felt like we’ve had much spare time for things beyond the daily work and school rhythm, but when I think over the past few months we’ve actually squeezed in more projects than I first thought. In pockets of time between work and school and busy life, we’ve been getting the “getting ready for winter” things crossed off the list, making the most of the stretches of clear skies we’ve had.
In the end of October Jeff and I patched the garage roof (the garage that we converted into our shop many years ago.) Jeff rented a leaf blower for the day to get the bulk of the leaves cleaned up around our place, and then raked them after that when more fell. We built a new compost bin for leaves and a place to pile up all the garden clean up we were doing. There’s still more clean up to do in the garden, but we’ve made some good progress.
We’ve hauled a lot of firewood this fall, and we had some delivered. After hauling load after load in our truck (I was so sore, hadn’t hauled firewood in awhile), it sure felt like a luxury to get firewood delivered and dumped in a big pile in the driveway! The boy had fun climbing on the firewood “mountain” and convinced his pup to join him. Our silly dog decided he liked the view from up there and kept climbing up, which was really hilarious to watch. (I had to grab my camera so I could get a picture of it.) After all the firewood stacking, we finally cleared the area where part of our peach tree had fallen across our family’s favorite walking path, which felt good to accomplish. Jeff’s been excited to see what the wood looks like when it’s cured.
Jeff harvested so much kale in the garden, and made us a delicious batch of kale chips. He blanched and froze a bunch of garden greens too, and I’ve been taking out the frozen greens to put in our soups every time I make soup. I cleaned out and organized the freezers, it’s been so helpful to know where everything is, and nothing goes to waste that way. Some fresh watercress is still making it’s way into some of our meals, but the garden is mostly pretty quiet now. Filling up the woodshed with firewood and the pantry (and freezer) with food is a good feeling going into winter. Yep, we’re a bit like squirrels gathering up nuts in the fall flurry.
My uncle was in the hospital recently, and gave us all quite a scare. We were so grateful he was okay. I want him to enjoy many, many more years with his kids and loved ones. Life sure is a precious gift, isn’t it? My stepmom has been helping care for her mother, stepfather, and father the last few years. Her stepfather was in poor health, but he held on longer than anyone thought he would. We knew he was holding on to care for his wife and even up until the very end he was devoted to caring for her. He passed away a few weeks ago now, and we sure will miss him. He was such a great guy. He had a big heart and a great sense of humor. I loved his spirit. He had a way of making people feel cared for, and was one of the least judgmental people I’ve ever known. He was one of a kind. My stepsisters lovingly called him “Papa”, and though it suited him well, I always felt it was a special name just between them and usually called him by his first name, Roger. I’m grateful that I had Roger in my life, my life is richer for it.
Our family has been listening to audiobooks during meals sometimes. It’s probably good for my digestion since I find myself wanting to eat more slowly to listen longer, but really it’s just fun and we all enjoy it. We finished listening to ‘The Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation) : The True Story of an American Team’s Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics’ by Daniel James Brown. I’m not sure what the difference is between the adult version of the story and the young reader’s adaptation, but I chose the version for young readers because we were listening as a family. We all loved the story, and it’s one that will always stay with me. The audiobook was read by Mark Bramhall, and his voice truly made the story come to life. To me, the voice of the person narrating the audiobook makes such a difference, and I found his voice so comforting that I started searching for more audiobooks read by him.
For those of you in the US, did you travel for Thanksgiving? We love celebrating with family, but decided to stay home this year because we were burnt out on traveling and knew we needed to be home. We had a nice, peaceful day at home together. We ended up taking a hike in the woods around our place because the boy really wanted to check for chantrelles, and were absolutely delighted when we came back down from our hike with a whole colander full of them! Jeff made a delicious feast (that included chantrelles), and the boy and I baked a pumpkin pie.
Jeff has never been a fan of pumpkin pie, but this year for the first time he totally loved it. I was pleased with how it turned out and also pleased that it won Jeff over. I followed this recipe by Danielle Walker. We didn’t have all the ingredients, so I made some changes. (No pecans, used almonds instead, and coconut milk in place of almond milk.) We were all out of maple syrup, but I still wanted that maple flavor. Luckily, we had some maple sugar (dehydrated maple syrup) and that made it taste delicious. We were missing some seasonings it called for as well, but simply the ginger, cinnamon, and lemon zest were an amazing combination. We definitely want to make that recipe again next year.
For the first time this year, we made a Giving Thanks tree for Thanksgiving. One of the moms in our homeschool co-op organized that craft for the kids and I was so glad that she did. I had seen the idea shared online before and had wanted to make one ever since. I don’t have a picture to share with you, but I’ll describe it (and maybe you’ve already seen one before.) We took a tin can (with no sharp edges) and covered the outside in pretty paper. We took branches and placed them in the center (with something with weight to keep them upright, we put pebbles in ours.) Then we cut out leaves in different fall colors. On Thanksgiving Day, our family wrote things on the leaves that we were grateful for, and then hung them on the branches. I love the simplicity and sweetness of it, and would like to make that a new tradition.
It was easy to think of things to write on those leaves because we feel so grateful right now. Through such a rough year, there is so much to be grateful for. It’s been a rough year for some of our family and friends as well, and I think that contrast- those challenges- can really deepen the gratitude. The really hard parts of life can make the simple, little everyday joys that much more precious and appreciated. I have to laugh because while I was having that peaceful reflection, I just heard a non-peaceful (to me) noise in the pantry- no doubt the mouse that Jeff discovered in there last night. Oh, the joys of country living! I’m not feeling particularly grateful for a mouse visitor, but I am grateful to be sitting here right now- alive, warm and cozy, having the opportunity to write for a bit…. and I’m grateful for you, for coming here and reading, I so appreciate that you visit this space. And with that, it’s time for me to head to bed. Goodnight friends!
All things Harry Potter… that’s a theme we’ve had going this year. After reading the first two books, and then listening to the audiobooks this summer, the boy is all about Harry Potter these days. Last month B turned nine and we had a small birthday celebration for him. I know moms who plan elaborate parties and have all sorts of games and activities set up for the kids, and while I think it’s great to do what you’re enthusiastic about- I’m not one of those moms. We did have some Harry Potter themed decorations (thanks to grandma), and we made lots of food like we always do (I bake cupcakes and Jeff makes his famous potato salad), but when it comes to entertaining the kids- well, pretty much they just run wild outside.
We had an amazing thing happen at his party this year. We were at our favorite place by the lake, and in the surrounding woods our friend spotted an owl in a tree. It sat there for a very long time, in the middle of the day, letting us all admire it and stare at it forever and take lots of pictures. I don’t have a zoom option on my camera lens, so I wasn’t able to get a close up, but Jeff edited a few pictures I took to show the owl up close (those two above.) It was honestly one of the most magical things I’ve ever experienced. And everyone asked how we managed to get the owl to show up for the Harry Potter birthday party, so I guess our party planning skills are pretty impressive after all. 🙂
Then the Harry Potter love continued and B dressed up as Harry Potter for Halloween last week. He had insisted on not having a haircut in quite some time so his hair would look more “authentic” for his Halloween costume. All he had to do to get messy “Harry Potter hair” that day was to wake up in the morning and leave his bedhead, not brushing it at all, and then tousling it a bit more throughout the day to keep the wildness going. It worked quite well and he made a wonderful Harry Potter with his robe and Hogwarts tie from his grandparents, his glasses, lightning bolt tattoo, and a broom. I was honored to accompany him as Professor McGonagall. He has since had a haircut and was happy not to have his hair getting in his eyes anymore, which also comes in handy to better see the potions he is busy creating all over the house.
September and October have been busy months for us. Fall is always busy, but this year it’s been especially so. In September I turned 34, more of our homeschool activities started back up, Jeff had four metal fillings removed, there was garden produce to process (we bought a new food dehydrator and love it), and work kept us busy. Jeff and I worked on buttons in the shop and then worked on getting them all tied on cards, as we prepared for our final two fiber festivals of the year.
The first fiber festival was the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, outside of Portland, the last weekend in September. It’s one that we’ve done for many years. Then we came home long enough to do a few loads of laundry, re-pack, and drop our dog off with the sitter, before we headed back on the road. The second fiber festival was Lambtown, that we went to for the first time this year. It was the first weekend in October, in California. We went from very cold, rainy weather (plus some wild thunderstorms, rare in that area) during Oregon Flock and Fiber to warm and sunny weather at Lambtown. One weekend we were bundled in wool layers and the next weekend we were in sandals and t-shirts.
We discovered a gem of a restaurant while we were there, and would highly recommend eating at Rosemary’s if you are ever in the Dixon area. (As soon as we left California, the power outages started happening there, we just barely missed it.) During all our time on the road, the three of us listened to audiobooks. First we listened to Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, read by Jim Dale. He is the same guy who narrates the Harry Potter audiobooks, and he does such a fantastic job of bringing the characters to life. Then we listened to Old Yeller by Fred Gipson, performed by Peter Francis James. What a good story, and a tearjerker.
When we returned home, Jeff headed to the shop to work on an order and I set to work unpacking, doing laundry, and preparing for a birthday party. We celebrated our son’s 9th birthday the weekend before last with family and friends, and he had a wonderful day. Jeff and I both can’t believe how big he’s getting, (and I think he is going to end up taller than me at some point.) So, looking at these last two months- when you add in appointments, errands, and all sorts of complications with our camper trailer (long story)- yep, it’s been a pretty busy fall. Now we are happy to be home and are not feeling too anxious for much more traveling anytime soon.
Last week we hauled firewood to fill up the woodshed, but mostly we’ve been busy working on some button orders for kits over at Barrett Wool Co. Have you seen the adorable patterns that Susan B. Anderson has been coming up with over there? I’ve been sharing them on Instagram. Her latest is the Elephant + Mouse Kit. (We just sent out the heart buttons in red cedar wood for those, the buttons shown in the picture above.) She also has three other kits featuring WoolyMossRoots buttons- the Panda Kit (I have that one, can’t wait to knit it!), the Little Giraffe & Cardigan Kit, and the Oliver Pig Kit. I want to knit them all.
We’ve been grateful to be busy with orders because it feels good to be working from home more, and simplifying our travel schedule moving forward. At the very beginning of this year, Jeff and I planned to travel more than usual and hit work really hard so we could pay off some debt and be able to move forward in some of the ways we were wanting to. We had over ten possible festivals/trunk shows we were considering throughout the year, but life had different plans for us. Our year was different than we expected and with all that happened- suddenly, we knew that schedule we had been looking at/planning wasn’t right for us anymore.
Even under the best of circumstances (if I’m being honest with myself), we would have been pushing ourselves too hard, it would have been a stretch to make enough to be restocking for that many events. We’ve ended up keeping so busy with wholesale orders this year, and custom orders for the shop, that we’ve been working hard to keep up and it’s made traveling for shows more challenging for us. Plus, honestly, it’s time to slow our pace down a bit and find our new rhythm.
I’m looking forward to focusing more attention and energy (once we catch up with orders that is) on our online shop, something I haven’t had the opportunity to do much of over the years with our schedule the way it’s been. I feel like our energy has been stretched in so many directions for so long, Jeff and I would both really like to focus more energy at home for awhile. There are lots of projects around our place that we would like to tackle, that have been put on the back burner for years.
I still feel a bit vulnerable from our year. The fear of losing Jeff… it was so painful for me. He is not only my husband, he is my best friend. He is the person who knows exactly how I’m feeling and thinking when we make eye contact across the room. He is the one who gets me, who has my back, who constantly supports me. He is the person who I am more myself with than anyone else. I’ve told him everything, without holding back, without fear of judgement. And he has loved me, all of me. He’s seen me at my best and he’s seen me at my worst and he has loved me unconditionally the whole time. He still makes me laugh, and I love him for it. I can’t describe the loneliness I felt before I met him, and the thought of losing him this year… it’s made me not want to take any time with my family for granted ever again. It’s made me want to live each day letting go of the small stuff and savoring the important stuff. Because the time we have with the people we love is just too precious for us to be distracted from. This wasn’t what I had intended to write about tonight… but I guess it’s what my heart wanted to say.
Last weekend we squeezed in one last trip for the summer, spending Labor Day weekend with family down at my dad and stepmom’s place in southern Oregon. Those first two pictures were taken in their garden (and the last three were taken on a stop on our way home.) We couldn’t believe how many tiny frogs were all over the garden, it was such a delight to see.
The grandparents never cease to amaze with the many, many fun things they have set up for the grandkids to do while they are there. We got to visit great-grandparents, celebrate birthdays (mine and my stepsisters’, our September birthdays are a few weeks apart so we’re referred to as the “step twins”), enjoy lots of delicious meals, and just have lots of family time. I got to meet my new nephew! Getting to meet two new nephews this summer makes me feel quite lucky!
On the drive home on Monday, we decided to take a different route and make a fun stop along the way. We went to the Butterfly Pavilion in Elkton, where we saw Monarch butterflies and Painted Lady butterflies. We hadn’t been there in years, and the boy had been requesting for us to return. It felt good to stretch our legs, and in a beautiful setting while we were at it. B slept quite well when we got home that night, exhausted from nonstop running around with his cousins all weekend.
This last week our school year activities started back up and I snapped a picture of the boy before we left for our homeschool co-op meet up, thinking to myself “I can’t believe he’s in third grade now!” Crazy how fast time flies with our kids, isn’t it? A focus of mine, as we delve into a new school year, is to be mindful not to over-schedule us, which I’ve had a tendency to do in the past. It’s challenging not to, when there are so many opportunities I want to say yes to, but self-care is a priority and finding the right balance for our schedule is an important part of that.
I hope you’re having a wonderful start to your September!
After the apple harvesting (it’s been a record year for us, we’re grateful to have such an abundance of apples), it was time for the apple processing. We usually make it in our kitchen, but Jeff wanted to set up an applesauce station outside in the garden this year and that was such a good idea because the sticky mess was so much easier to clean up by spraying everything down with the garden hose afterwards. If only it were that easy in the kitchen!
We cut up the apples and steamed them in a steamer basket in a pot over the propane cooker, then put them through the squeezo to make the applesauce. (The squeezo is a manual crank tool that separates out the seeds, etc., Jeff has had it forever- it’s one of our favorite food processing tools. The boy loves to be the one to turn the crank, and sample every batch while he’s at it.) We’ve made applesauce different ways and that’s our favorite method.
I cleaned out our freezers and brought some bags of blackberries (and some other miscellaneous berries) from last year’s harvest out to thaw, and we mixed them in with the applesauce which is what gave it that beautiful color. We also juiced ginger and added that because applesauce with ginger is our absolute favorite. By the time we wrapped up the applesauce making (we made A LOT), we knew we’d need to do the canning the next day.
I’d like to say we had a wonderful, peaceful day canning our applesauce for the winter, but when we heated up the applesauce to can it, even on the lowest temperatures, it kept wanting to burn on the bottom. We took turns stirring the applesauce. It had to be turned constantly so we had to do it in shifts because our arms would tire. Jeff and I looked at the incredible amount of applesauce before us that needed to be canned and how slow the process was going and started feeling discouraged- not wanting to think about how many hours and hours it would take.
So I finally said to heck with it- and I started filling up jars to freeze applesauce (with ample head space.) By that point Jeff was totally on board because we had orders and so many others things that needed doing besides being in apple land for days and days. We ended up only canning 9 quarts, and freezing the rest- 22 quarts. We prefer canning, if the power goes out with winter storms we don’t have to worry, and filling up our freezer always makes us feel a bit nervous for that reason but sometimes the easier way is such a relief, isn’t it? If the power goes out for too long we can just invite our friends over for an applesauce eating party so no applesauce in our freezer goes to waste, right?
Jeff mentioned that more applesauce to get us through the winter would be nice, but as much as we enjoy eating it- we both looked at each other and neither one of us is too anxious to be making any more applesauce this year. There are still more apples yet to process… we’re thinking dried apples are sounding pretty nice just about now!
I think my sense of time is distorted. I told Jeff that I hadn’t been over to the blog in a little while and it was really about time I posted an update, then I came and saw that my last post was late June- goodness. How is it nearly the end of August already? I went to write a post and saw that there were messages from you that I didn’t know about. Normally, I get e-mail notifications when anyone comments here, but I didn’t get notified for any of them. I was so disappointed when I discovered that, I certainly didn’t mean to ignore you! I thought that my poor readers stopped commenting because this space was so quiet these days.
Well, this summer feels like it is just flying by. Does it feel that way for you too? Let’s see what we’ve been up to…. we had faraway friends visit, enjoyed delicious meals in the garden with nearby friends (our picnic table has gotten a lot of use this summer, as well as our little barbecue), and went to a fiber festival (we simplified our travel schedule a lot, reducing the number of shows we had planned for this year.) We worked, did projects in the garden, and felt like we were in constant catch-up mode around here. My dad and stepmom came to visit and we went blueberry picking, something we love to do together every summer if we can make it happen.
Then the boy and I went on a road trip, joining my dad and stepmom on a drive from Oregon out to Wyoming to see my sister, brother-in-law, and nephew. It was such a gift to have time with family and to meet my nephew, he is such a love. The pictures are from a hike we took to a beautiful lake, and a view of the Tetons as we were driving home- such an amazing sight. I’ve been going through the family pictures I took and smiling at what good holiday gifts they will make (framed pictures are one of my favorite gifts to give, and to receive.)
I’m a huge Harry Potter fan, and since the boy and I started reading the first two books together this summer, he has become quite the fan as well. The four of us had so much fun listening to the audiobooks in the car during our road trip, it was the perfect thing to listen to while we enjoyed the scenery along the way. I also appreciated the knitting time, such a rare treat for me to get so much time to knit!
I’m not ready for summer to leave, but I can feel fall coming closer. We’ve been preserving food for the winter and thoughts are on firewood and getting the woodshed filled up. It seems like we just wrapped up activities for the last school year, and now we’re preparing for the next one. Summers always go by too fast, don’t they? What have you been up to this summer? Anything else you’re still wanting to squeeze in? I’m feeling very grateful because we get some more family time soon, and I’m looking forward to meeting my other new nephew. But, before that happens, I have a lot to catch up on around here, so off I go. Wishing you all a great week!