Monday, August 22, 2016

Summer Frenzy

August is a flurry here.  I haven't intended to take a break from my blog, but it has happened. I'm not even going to list it all, I'm just going to say the obligations right now are heavy and my schedule is epic (and so is the laundry situation, alas).

Once school begins for us, things will quiet down a bit.

In the meantime, I have a sister's apartment to help unpack and organize, school to finish planning, a semester of teaching Shakespeare to other people's children (ie, not just my own) to plot out, many domestic tasks to tackle, a new cat to foster........

Friday, August 12, 2016

Summer Sabbatical

I took an unintentional summer sabbatical from blog-writing because our calendar caught on fire. The flames have died down now. 

The children and I went to Asheville, North Carolina this week!  One of my dearest friends had a baby in July and we went down to help.  I got a lot of baby-holding time, and cooked a lot of meals, and washed a lot of dishes.  I also learned to light a gas stove!

The crepe myrtle was still in bloom. 

We arrived home at dinnertime this evening, and Mr. Polly had dinner all ready for us.  There was a blue heron in the pond and the cattle are in the pasture behind our house.  I'm so happy to be home!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

My (Not-So) Hidden (Not-Much) Talent

I recently pulled my old Gibson guitar out to try out a song for Vacation Bible School.  My children were stunned.  They had no idea I could play the guitar.  

In reality, I was terrible. I was rusty and the steel strings were killing my fingertips.

But they thought I was a total rockstar.  Finn told friends at the pool later that week "my mother has a hidden talent....she plays guitar so well!" 

This guitar is one of my prized possessions. I own three, but this is my favorite.  My father purchased it in the early 1970s in Harvard Square (he attended college in Boston).  He passed it along to me when I was in college and taking lessons, and my nylon-stringed Sigma wasn't cutting it for the jazz guitar class.  It's such a treasure to me!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Bright Morning Fog

Mornings are my favorite: the world is quiet, the day is new, breakfast is the best meal of the day, and I love my freshly-ground coffee or my tea. 

And sometimes I peek outside and see wonderful things, like the morning the fog was all lit and glowing. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Clouds in the Valley

We really have some gorgeous clouds roll through our little valley.  This whopper was worth remembering!

And this was one of the strangest things I have ever seen!  This may be the experience that forces me to fix my Nikon, because I could not capture it with the sad little phone camera.  The glowing pink thing was a tremendous cloud. I was arrested by it and stood staring for a few minutes.

And then, for true life (as Annie says), *bolts of lightning* came out of it!

Try as I might, I could not capture the cloud or the lightning with any accuracy, but believe me: it was glorious. 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Typical July Harvest

Zucchini, squash, mint, basil, cucumbers.  

I'm also harvesting sage, but that's not pictured here!

Sunday, July 24, 2016