The annual First Day of School Photo.
I do not know where the summer went this year it seemed to have sped by. It wasn't because we went on many exotic trips, or many trips at all for that matter. It was just full of the everyday events that continue on relentlessly....get up at 5:00-ish, have a cuppa, feed animals, exercise (maybe), take a shower, off to work, stop at the store on the way home, make dinner, check on the animals, have a grown-up beverage, watch some (Castle, Grimm, Warehouse 13 etc...) while knitting or spinning, gather in the cats, read (a few paragraphs or pages before the book hits the floor), sleep. Then the whole thing starts up again (if one is fortunate). It seems rather monotonous, but goes by quickly. This is my way of saying I haven't really had much to say all summer because nothing has changed much! Sorry to be so out of touch.
There were many small things that we did; Lila was in "Follywood", Uncle Johnny visited, Grandma visited, and some cousins came by (all in the same week mind you....), Duncan played baseball, D & Sam played soccer. Lila worked cleaning cabins this summer and earned about $1,000; 90% of which she put into her savings and college account. Sam taught us how to play Dungeons and Dragons, and Duncan is teaching us how to play Texas Hold'em poker (where did HE learn to play it?). Duncan went to Copper Harbor with his cousins and Lila attended Author Quest (i.e. writing camp) again; this year as a "counselor in training". We tended the garden and are busy making jam, blanching and freezing veggies, and making tomato sauce and dilly beans. Will has been peddling veggies, wool and knit goods at the Curtis Farmer's Market on Wednesdays, we participated in the giant puppet show at Art on the Lake once again. I've been doing a fair bit of knitting which has been fun- lots of baby hats and fingerless mitts.