It’s been a few weeks since I’ve written one of these posts, so I’m reconditioning my joy-spotting muscles and am here to share a few bits of happiness with you all.
+ This was our first week of second grade for Bryce (7 years old) and our first week of pre-preschool for Bronwyn (3 years old). Friends, it couldn’t have gone any better. We’ve done everything I planned to do with relatively good attitudes all around (myself included). Last year was hard, but I think we cultivated habits that will set us up for success.
+ We have gotten so much rain in the last couple of weeks! And it’s clear that we needed it because the puddles didn’t hang around for very long. The earth sucked it right up, and our yard is full of toads and mushrooms. It’s a fairy paradise.
+ I think we’ve discovered the secret to tomato plants: rabbit poop! These are the biggest tomato plants we’ve ever had – they’re practically bushes despite our efforts to tame them. Now we just have to hope for a few days of sunshine to redden the fruits.
+ Our bear fortifications from last week worked: the bear has been back multiple times (you can find me banging on a pot with a wooden spoon at some point most mornings), but it hasn’t managed to break into the coop and we haven’t lost anymore chickens. Luckily, we’re only battling a cub and haven’t seen mama bear at all. Let’s keep it that way, mmmhmmm?
+ It’s mid-July! Can I be honest? I’m ready for pumpkin swirled coffee at Dunkins. I’m ready for sweaters, boots, and hats. Yes — I’m the person who hypes up fall way too early. I will do my best to NOT complain about summer while it lasts but know that, in my heart, I’m pining for fall. Until then? There are flowers blooming! And soon I’ll be eating fresh tomatoes and basil layered onto sourdough bread. Sweet corn will be ready before we know it. Yesterday I fried up our first batch of squash and zucchini and will probably do the same thing tomorrow. And the next day. And the next (you get the picture). There are good things to enjoy in this warm weather, whether I like it or not.
+ And one of my biggest sources of joy has been you – you merry band of rascals. I’ve been exchanging emails and blog comments all week, discussing books, knitting, and all of my favorite things. So thank you for a wonderful week despite how much I dislike July. You make such a difference in my life!
And that’s a wrap on this week! I might be back on Sunday with a poem, but if I don’t make it then I hope you have a wonderful and restful weekend. Stay cool and take good care!