This last day of August is always special to me. It's our anniversary...42yrs ago I married a really cool, fun, hard working, smart, handsome guy... and my best friend! Happy Anniversary Babe! Wow, time has flown!
Sunday, August 28, 2016
This week and weekend certainly have buzzed by quickly. We've been busy doing normal, everyday things. You know, work, home, work, home....Oh, did I mention a birthday was celebrated this week? I kept telling Jack that this was his birthday week. I made his favorite dishes for dinner all week and on Thursday we had his usual bday dinner of Shrimp Creole followed by Texas Sheet cake.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Summer has many good qualities. Yep, it's much warmer and much lighter outside later in the evening. It's time for vacations, family reunions, class reunions, camping, swimming, and many other activities. We're into the heat of the Farmer's Market offerings. All the area Amish are selling produce and the orchards are ready with peaches and early apples. Down in the southern part of the country many gardens are already done. Ours is just coming into the "check every day for some more stuff" phase. We struggled, along with the area farmers as we've had a very hot and dry Summer. The rain has finally come and my lawn is green again and I've been able to mow and not feel like I'm kicking up more dust than grass! But we've been disappointed with our little garden and fruit offerings this season. My raspberries were dried up before I got enough to make jam this year. The green beans had only one picking before they too just didn't produce. We even were diligent with watering, but still it was a struggle. We've had better luck with okra and tomatoes. Green peppers also have been a disappointment. Well, thankfully the Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings has been a blessing to go and get yummy, homegrown veggies at a good price. We combined ours with theirs for some nice meals. Yesterday I took this:
And made this:
Mmmmm...Salsa anyone? Just the right amount of fresh and heat to put with some chips for a delish snack.
All gone! We enjoyed fresh corn, green beans, and red potatoes for a vegetarian meal. All of Summer's bounty enjoyed! The weather has turned....low humidity and cooler temps. Chubbs and I walked into the Creepy Woods this afternoon. I was on a bit of a scouting effort...just a peek to see if any spot would make a fun cemetery for a Halloween party. Never too early to think about Fall and Halloween is it? A few spots caught my eye:
Down this nice trail...
To a clearing that wouldn't be hard to spook up a bit. My wheels have been turning and I think Jack is nervous I'm serious about holding an outdoor shindig for church, family, and friends. Maybe because this beauty arrived this past week...
Be afraid..be very afraid! But we still have a few weeks of Summer left. I plan to enjoy the last days of sun, fun, swim and mostly it's wonderful bounty of blessings!
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Yes, a knife is just what is needed around the Pines these days. For what you ask? Just to cut the air! It's been a very hot and humid week. The air is thick as butter. We have had a touch of rain here and there but not nearly as much as we need. I feel bad for the folks down south that are getting slammed. You would think with all the humidity we would be raining daily. The forecast calls for some each day so I guess we'll just have to do a few rain dances to draw it our way! As the week draws to a close I'm realizing the month of August is almost half over. Kids will be back in school soon and the other day I saw candy corn on display. Isn't that Halloween candy? The fact that I actually bought a new Halloween decoration today doesn't mean a thing...hehe! I'm on call this weekend and you all know how I just love that..(throwing sarcasm here!) I'll be connected to my call phone from Friday at 3:30 to Monday morning at 7. It's the one time I look forward to Monday morning when I can turn the phone off for a bit. One last thought: The other day I opened up the umbrella on the table on our deck and I found this little guy.
Sunday, August 7, 2016
Yesterday we went over to the fairgrounds to support our local chapter of PAWZ and donate to the Humane Society. There were pet parades, contests, vendors with lots of cute pet accessories, many of them homemade. I didn't bring the camera but we did take Chubbs with us. He was happy for the ride and exploring the fairgrounds and seeing lots of other dogs. However, one of the reasons we went was so he could get a nice bath from our groomer...the Barker Shop. We donated toward the Humane Society and poor Chubbs had to pay the price! He's not overly fond of baths. He would probably have a few choice barks if he were that kind of guy. But he's a good sport, a kind old soul, and a very good boy. When we got home he immediately did his ear rubbing ritual.