Finally the weather seems to be turning colder. There’s a frost warning tonight, but it’s such a fickle time of year. One day you’re wearing a sweater and the next day you have your sandals on again. But it will be cold all the time soon enough so I’m not complaining. Of course we never know what kind of a winter will will have. Still, summer was grand.
We did have a lot of rain. Too much actually which is sad because I know other parts of the country really need rain while we’ve had floods here. We fared well –just a little seepage in the basement from the over saturated ground but many others were not as fortunate. Many people had damage and a good many people are still displaced.
We’re having quite the crop of pears this year –still yet to be dealt with mostly. They have a lot of hard spots so I am researching what causes that and how we might avoid it in the future. They still taste good but they are more difficult to process. We lost a good many pears during the hurricane. We tried to save them but they didn’t ripen. They are Asian pears so they are supposed to ripen on the vine.
Still, we have plenty. If you are local and would like to have some by all means give me a call or stop by! Asian pears look and taste a good bit like apples. . .with a hint of pear. 😉 They are quite delicious.
And as you can see, they don’t all have hard spots.
With all the rain the grass sure stayed green this summer but ours will be dying soon I guess. I remember when we looked at this house the grass was brown so I know at least to expect it.
I do like the change in seasons though, I always seem ready for the next one. I wonder if you get conditioned that way from growing up with it? The seasons and the temperatures that go with them and so entwined with holidays and traditions. But it isn’t the same everywhere is it? If I had grown up in a climate that was warm all the time would I enjoy the fall as much as I do? I wonder.
There’s just something so fresh about the fall. The changing colors, the cooler air, the start of school and all the things that go with it. Bonfires, hot chocolate, pumpkin [bread, muffins, pie (Blizzards)], soccer, football and … tea.
I seem to be on a tea binge lately. I used to drink tea exclusively but got hooked on coffee a few years back. I still like coffee but have found myself drinking loads more tea these days. I’m adding raw honey to it too while for years I had been drinking it plain. There’s something so comforting about it. My throat has been kind of scratchy for weeks now. I thought it was a cold but I am wondering if its allergies. The honey is so soothing.
In case you’re wondering my foot seems to have healed well. No pain to speak of for weeks now. Well, no pain there anyway. I am getting older, I always have some aches and pains. BUT, I was able to run/walk the half marathon after all! I hadn’t trained so I had to take it slow but I ran for most of the way, albeit slowly.
Post race phone snapshot. I was SO tired and ached all over. You can even see that my hands are swollen.
My husband did it with me and I am so glad he did. I’m not sure I would have made it without him –I know I wouldn’t have made it in the time I did (2hr. 51min.) He could have gone a lot faster but he stayed with me the whole time urging me on. At the end it reminded me of being in labor. That last stretch where you are just so tired but you know you’re almost there and you just have to find the strength to finish. I did and it was good. No where near as good as giving birth but good nonetheless.
Our school year is going well. Being closer to town means we’re back to regular library trips.
I think every boy is this house has gone on a Tin Tin binge when they were able to read well on their own –boy #7 is no exception.
Our schedule is certainly full these days. Well, mine is, I try to keep the kids as unscheduled as possible. I think childhood should be about freedom and time to grow and learn and. . . just be. We have routine yes but we try hard to avoid rigor. We’re active, we run, bike and get plenty of exercise but we aren’t committed to any sports schedule and we all like that just fine.
So now it’s feeling like fall and time to start thinking about Thanksgiving and Advent and all that goes with them. I know, it seems early but it’ll be here soon enough.
But first I have a few costumes to make. We’re hosting a homeschool “teen time” costume party with a saint or book character theme. I am hearing lots of ideas these days. I hope I can pull some of them off! I’ll keep you posted.
Right now though I’m going to have another cup of tea and drift off to sleep.