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Late-Summer Views and Thoughts

I sent Mike off with three peanut butter and jelly sandwiches this morning, two on swirled rye (which tastes pretty mild, thankfully). He also took along some beef jerky, an apple, string cheese and pistachios.  He's gone to the second day of Rhythm and Roots, which he's had a free photography pass to for a number of months now.  To keep up spirits, I took the children to the Fall Fly-In at the Mt. Empire Airport and they just loved it.  The planes were all blessedly small and fairly quiet.  They all wore their pilot caps and were so sweet.  Mike has my camera today, but I hope to take pictures next year.  We're here in a quiet (and finally tidy!) house playing airplanes and thinking over these last days of Summer.

Mushrooms on the Island

We've been to the lake a couple times lately.  At five minutes away, it's the most frugal and quickest access to nature.  We went near sunset a couple days ago.  Mike and Laurel stayed with Roan while he slept, and Willow and I did some walking.


We kept a swift pace along the shore, with many stops to see what glorious things were growing on the way.  Willow picked me some flowers and exclaimed over everything she found.  The chickory is on its last blooms now.  At the start of the Summer, it blooms close to the ground and climbs its way up as the days go on.

Late-Summer Bouquet

The marigolds we picked for dyeing cloth responded by growing bigger and giving us lots more blooms.  The children responded by decorating the front porch swing for Christmas, calling it the Cannonball.

Marigold Swing

Another trip to the park yielded a bunch of buckeyes.  Their smooth coverings just feel so nice in the hands and it is hard not to collect them.  Willow made more meals for us with them.  Pretend, of course.

Chestnuts and Walnuts

My grandmother took me to her church yard sale and let me get whatever I wanted.  I found lots and lots of plaid flannel, which will make warm pants for Roan.  I also got some pink corduroy, but I'm not entirely sure what I'll do with it.  I found a new laundry basket and a wool throw and a nice rag rug for the children.  I might go back after they collect some more donations and see if there's anything else I can use.  I always so look forward to this twice-a-year yard sale.

In other news, we're working out a new rhythm to these waiting days.  With no unemployment benefits for our family, Mike has to make the most of his days.  It is amazing how things fill up, just when you think you'll get a breather.  So, we've set up mornings for painting and maintenance work and afternoons for office work.  Mike has been commissioned to do a new website for a local business and has many videos to edit, as well.  It's challenging to work from home with so many distractions, but I hope this experience will cultivate some self-discipline for us all.

We're trying so very hard to work through all of this, to be as prudent as we can.  I find it easy to beat myself up about how things are going, but I know that we have done our best over the last six years and that we are doing our best right now.  I sometimes feel like people don't believe that and that I need to somehow prove it.  It's been a month now since things shifted so rapidly.  The way is very foggy, but I do know we'll get to the other side of it.


( 12 trees — Plant a Forest )
Sep. 20th, 2014 05:40 pm (UTC)
We know how hard all of you guys work, and we're all praying things change for the much, much better for you guys soon!

I love buckeyes; they're so tactile. I also love PBJ on rye!
Sep. 21st, 2014 11:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your encouragement. I had never thought of doing it on rye bread, but it was all I had. Mike said he liked it. I made four loaves of regular bread last night to compensate. ;-)
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Sep. 21st, 2014 11:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your prayers. I'm not sure how much is there. It's a good size piece, but might just be a yard.
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Sep. 21st, 2014 11:56 pm (UTC)
That does sound nice! I would love to see a drawing. You are welcome to e-mail me at rangerbrandy at gmail.
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Sep. 21st, 2014 11:57 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm sold. I bet Willow would love it and Laurel, too, someday.
Anna Hess
Sep. 21st, 2014 01:13 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear the unemployment benefits didn't come through!

On an unrelated note, chance of frost in patches Monday night.... But then a warming trend should take us through the rest of September.
Sep. 21st, 2014 11:56 pm (UTC)
I heard about that and was thinking about e-mailing you. :-) I don't want the rest of September to be too warm.
( 12 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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