Beau August 20th, 2008
It’s been a week for catching up, as the price paid for being away. Not a bad trade really, especially with the beautiful weather we’ve been having. And the young boy is now a second grader, just starting this week. Many children are going back to school already, and all across the nation parents are breathing a collective sigh of relief! Hard to believe he’s growing up so fast though, but he really likes school. I wonder how long that will last?! We had a such a great time canoeing last weekend. A gravel bar and a rope swing provided lots of fun in the afternoon.
But it’s time again for homework! So far the days have been busy with grass cutting, an overgrown garden and too many weeds. I must have picked about 5 pounds of tomatoes, a sackful of cucumbers and a couple pounds of green beans. I hope the tomatoes and beans keep coming, but the cucumbers are just too much! It’s time again for pickles though, so that’s another something for the list. What do you do with cucumbers to keep them fresh longer?
I’m not sure how it feels where you live, but fall is in the air around here. The light just seems different, and the walnut tree leaves are turning yellow and falling to the ground. Not to mention the morning temperatures are in the high 50’s and low 60’s. That’s very unusual for August in Missouri, and we may get through a whole summer without hitting 100 degrees F. My kind of weather.
It also means it’s wood-cutting time again too. I cut up and hand-split several oak trees over the past couple of years, after which my forearms were destroyed for several months. This year there are 3 trees on the ground and those 3-4 more that I need to cut down. So I’m contemplating buying a wood splitter. I don’t like the idea of having another engine to maintain, but if we’re going to cut up trees and burn wood, that will be a big help. We’ll see… for now, we can enjoy the last weeks of summer.