A brief recap since the last post of this kind.
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
Getting Things Done by David Allen
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
Give and Take by Adam Grant
Good to Great by Jim Collins
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
Death by Meeting by Patick Lencioni
On Sunday, we managed to install another light fixture while keeping our marriage alive!
This allowed us to shift the table over a bit, which will allow us to put some chairs at our island and also add some sort of credenza/buffet type arrangement on the wall opposite the sliding door. In time!
What we now know (even though we “knew” it before) is that our casual eating area was very poorly lit. We first attempted to use 60 watt bulbs and the fixture was…blinding. Now we are using 40 watt bulbs and we’ll probably install a dimmer switch.
We have been doing some things to spiff up our house a bit more.
I bought a wreath for our front door so people know we are nice neighbors!!!
Marcus did a DIY and repainted our fireplace doors black they are 100% better looking. Look at before and after.
We had the rest of our main floor and the stairwell/upstairs hall painted in Behr’s Bleached Linen. Hallways unpictured. We had painters do this as it was a two day project even for them!
We installed a new light fixture in the dining room. Again, better.
Upcoming: Installing a new light fixture in our casual eating area, adding new/different/more lamps to our family room and living room. Sourcing a new light fixture for the entryway. Creating a wood mantle to add to our fireplace! Each thing in its own time.
It is watermelon harvest time. We picked our first one on Sunday, it was huge.
I did one final pick through of the beans and then pulled the stalks out as they were DONE. I am already planning what sort of trellis we can do next year to be even more successful.
Now that the beans are out, I need to spend time organizing our strawberry runners into rows. It is possible that one of our beds next year will be 100% strawberries and co-plants.
We have approximately five carrots left to pick.
The kale and parsley continue to grow strong. I don’t know that we need six kale plants next year but we might. The ever-bearing nature of the plant is enjoyable.
We went to the cabin three times this year. We were supposed to go a fourth time, just after Memorial Day, but with dodgy weather that weekend we ended up adding a weekend in September instead. That was nice in its own way because we got to enjoy the start of fall colors Up North!
Since I was on my blogging break when the first two trips happened, consider this a summer recap with a lot of photos. Mostly for my benefit when winter comes and I need to remember what summer feels like.
This year the children did 100% better on the drive than they ever have. On the third trip we had them share a room for the first time ever to very middling success. They went down well, at 3 AM on Saturday, Critter informed us his body wanted to be reading and that was just not going to happen at that hour but he also refused to return to sleep and that was in a word, awful. The second night, they slept great and meowed at each other as they fell asleep. Kids are adorable and weird.
The rest of our time was spent eating ice cream, pizza, pontoon riding, park playing, and swimming. Critter and Glitter’s enthusiasm for water grew 110% over the course of the summer. I attribute this to LOTS of trips to Auntie Michelle’s pool and Wednesday summer swim lessons at school for Critter’s age group.
I went fishing twice, this was not my biggest summer ever for catching fish, but I am thankful for the time I had on the water. Billy replaced the reel on my fishing pole with one of his old ones because he snapped a rod this summer. We both upgraded to 14 lb test line and apparently now we will be able to catch anything!!! Cousin Chris has been of the opinion for some time now that the strength of the line and lessened chance of snapping it outweighs the increased visibility of it in the water.
Now, for photos.
Yes, I managed to get them outside for a picture. No, we don’t have a sign, it is like 1991 here.
After a LONG week off, these two headed back to school, new age groups, and new teachers!
During summer “camp” they wore swimsuits/sandals in the AM and we had to send an extra set of dry clothes/shoes for the afternoon. Now that fall and the school year are here, no more of that! I am so glad they have that opportunity in the summer but it is a relief it is over. Our mornings and prep are easier, our laundry is less.
This year, they’ll both be at school full-time, four full days and then one morning. The one morning is because there wasn’t a four day option. The one morning also marks the first time since Critter was born that I have three hours to myself each week to do everything! Nothing! Something! It’s literally amazing, no one is more surprised this has happened than me. My goal for the time each week is to do one thing for me, one thing that is productive and if time allows, a workout too.
Happy Fall, Y’all!