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Summer Loose Ends

In the poolYesterday was a full day, a kind of Amazing Work Day.  Maybe it is the Midsummer energy, but we got so much done.  All of us spent the morning doing some serious pruning over at the Roland Estate (where the raspberry patch and garden are).  I trimmed trees, cut back weeds, and pruned bushes in the front of the house.  Mike did some mowing; the children hauled off sticks and carts of weeds.  It looks so much better.  And I picked half a gallon of red raspberries.

In the afternoon, I pruned the tomatoes, which is a weekly job, and set to work really getting the house together.  That's a hard thing to do these days.  There is always something that comes up that gets me off task and quiet times are shorter than they used to be.   The children are more helpful, at times, but it is hard to blame them when the Summer sunshine calls them outside to swing and play.

In the hammockMy camera lens stopped working, which Mike tells me is a known problem with Nikon kit lenses.  He said that four years was twice what he expected out of it.  Talk about planned obsolescence!  Oh, well, he's letting me use his for now.  For awhile, I found the big long lens that also came with my camera and got these pictures from pretty far away.  It was handy for not disturbing Laurel in her quiet moment.  That girl really loves the water.  I wish I could have gotten a picture of her floating in her inner tube at the lake.  Maybe next time.

It is so nice, almost therapeutic, to have a day where you can just get some things done.  As I was experimenting with a different lense, I got this picture of the living room.  It's so calm and tidy and the whole house was this way!  What a gift it was, though I really had to work to get it all done.  For some reason, I had the energy to do so!  I even stained the new wood in the bathroom.  I'm hoping for a sort of bathroom tour later this week.  I've got a shower curtain coming (thanks, Kim!) and I hope to get the staining done today or tomorrow.

There's a storm brewing outside.  The car is free of crumbs and lichen (so much lichen), the garden is hoed for another week, the berries are picked, and the laundry is dry.  It feels so good, even if the sun was blazing down and I was covered in perspiration for most of it.  I'm hoping to get to some mending or second grade planning this afternoon, once Laurel is napping.  Happy Monday!



( 6 trees — Plant a Forest )
Jun. 28th, 2016 01:13 am (UTC)
As always, your home looks so warm and inviting.
Jun. 28th, 2016 10:52 am (UTC)
It always invites you over. :-)
Jun. 28th, 2016 01:24 am (UTC)
I'm glad I am not the only one who has to clean stuff like lichen out of the car. :) Mine is always covered in stray flower petals, bark, straw, mussel shells... It sounds like you were SO productive! Good for you. Summer's energy is expansive - too expansive at times. Currently I feel like I am being pulled in way too many directions, with far too much to do. I hope it settles down. The picture of your living room is so lovely - so peaceful and cozy and homey. I have House Envy whenever I see the inside of your house! I long for older architecture. Well - at least I can enjoy seeing yours! - Stacey
Jun. 28th, 2016 10:53 am (UTC)
Yes, it is too much at times (the lichen and the energy!). I do love (most) of the look of our older house. The space and tiny closets test me, but that keeps me in check, I guess. ;-)
Jun. 28th, 2016 06:26 pm (UTC)
aaaah I love your entries so much. Also your icon seems to closely resemble a children's book we had from the library recently :)
Jun. 28th, 2016 07:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It is from a children's book--The Little House. One of my dearest favorites.
( 6 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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