Friday | Rounding the Corner on August

This is the second to last Friday in August; I was just dreading the beginning of this month and now it’s almost over. How does that always happen?! We are really noticing the shortening of days lately and it’s strange to be up before the birds in the mornings. And I still love being a Super Morning Person, even without my bird friends. Since it’s Friday, I’m sharing a few snapshots of joy from this week. And as always — I’d love to hear about what’s bringing you joy in the comments.

Hurrah! We spotted a monarch caterpillar on a milkweed in the garden on Monday and have been watching it grow all week. It has almost eaten down the entire plant and is getting nice and fat. The gladioli are blooming. A few fell over this week so I snipped them and brought them inside to enjoy. The hydrangea is healthy and huge — and I spotted a few pink petals yesterday, so I think it’s just starting to fade for the year.

Thanks to the very late start of summer this year, things are still very green despite how dry and hot it was in late July and early August. I’m thankful that the grass isn’t brown and dead like it sometimes is at this time of year. And we had an overnight soaking rain on Wednesday that should help keep things healthy for a little longer.

I’ve done the tiniest bit of knitting this week – I got that heel turned on Sunday night and I managed about an inch on the sock during story time at the library this week, but that’s it. I’m hoping I’ll find myself sitting down on the couch in the late evenings next week with my knitting and an audiobook, but this hasn’t been a week for sitting! My knitting time will come and I’m enjoying what’s before me until then. More about that next week.

A few more joyful things:

  • Earlier this week I was under the locust tree and reading while the kids were playing in the backyard. The tree was vibrating with birds — about a dozen tufted titmice were flying through the branches and chatting to each other. I was so distracted by them that I had to close my Kindle and just watch them for about 20 minutes.
  • There was a reference to gingerbread cookies in The Shell Seekers and I couldn’t get it out of my head. So I baked a batch this week and they were gone by the next morning. This recipe is a winner. I also baked a spice cake this week hoping that it would last a couple of days for our afternoon poetry tea time snack, but it is just too good. I always use a recipe from a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook that I’ve had forever, but this one looks super delicious. I made a browned butter frosting from my cookbook, but the brown butter cream cheese frosting in that link looks next level. Next time!
  • I finally listened to Ruth Ozeki’s interview on The Ezra Klein Show and loved it. I adore her and now have more books added to my TBR thanks to their discussion. I think When You Greet Me I Bow will be my next slow read.
  • We are wrapping up our 5th week of a lighter summer school schedule. After Week 6, we’ll take a one week break and then get going on our big curricula for the year. Our plans in a nutshell: Torchlight Curriculum, Scientific Connections Through Inquiry, and Beast Academy. I am so excited!

And friends – that’s it from me. I’m not sure what this weekend will bring for me, but I hope yours is exactly what you need to feel refreshed and energized. Take good care.

24 thoughts on “Friday | Rounding the Corner on August

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    1. This month is totally flying by! I remember that it used to seem like August lasts forever… but not anymore!! I’m also loving all of the green and the gladiola blooms. It will be time to dig them up soon!

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  1. Birds always bring such joy. Those gingerbread cookies sound delicious. Ditto for the spice cake. What brought me joy this week was rain on Thursday—a whole inch and much needed.

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    1. We got that rain on Wednesday night into Thursday morning and it brought a day of TOTAL bliss. It was amazing. The cookies and the cake were so yummy — it’s nice to have things cool off enough for me to bake again!

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  2. Such beautiful flowers Katie! Iโ€™m with Mary on the gladiola, swooning over that purple! I canโ€™t believe August is drawing to a close but for me itโ€™s exciting as cooler temperatures will be here soon. Have an amazing weekend!

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  3. What a rich purple color on your gladiola – beautiful! The ginger cookies and spice cake sound delicious and SO FALL-ish!! It is so easy to end up watching birds for minutes or hours…very entertaining. Have a great weekend. I’m looking forward to getting together with my friend Dee again tomorrow for some knitting, coffee and chatting.

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  4. Those purple glads! We always get about one stalk of yellow flowers, and this year almost right after they bloomed, we had a storm move through, and the next morning I found them bent over in the dirt. At least I enjoyed them for a day!

    Right now the thing that’s bringing me joy is that we have honeydew melons growing! I moved the vines onto our driveway fence earlier in the week so they wouldn’t be sitting in the dirt, and I’m hoping we get to enjoy them before whatever critter it is that keeps eating our tomatoes.

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  5. I can’t believe how fast August has flown by either. Soon it will be September and time for our slow, laid back start of Kristin Lavransdatter. I can’t wait! I just had to check out the recipe you linked for the gingerbread cookies. They are soft cookies! Yay! I prefer my cookies soft so that’s perfect! The recipe looks pretty easy to adapt with vegan butter and egg substitute so I will probably give this one a try when the holidays roll around. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. I’m so glad the cookie recipe can be adapted! They are delicious and I’m sure they’d hold up to vegan substitutes. I’m also looking forward to KL!! It will be nice to settle in with her as the weather changes ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Those biscuits look amazing. I love ginger biscuits, my favourites.Your garden looms lush and green. I have brown grass. Enjoy your weekend. I have a family picnic!

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  7. Those glads are gorgeous!!! Glad you can enjoy them so much inside and out. I am also an early bird and I have really noticed that the sun is coming up later and later, and the birds as well.

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