This was our sixth week of summer break.
I didn't take very many photos during the first half of the week. I wasn't feeling very well; I had some bad reactions to insect bites that I got while watching fireworks. I have very bad reactions to bug bites. I've been to the hospital for them in the past and have needed all kinds of treatments, including steroids. Anyway, this time I was staying at home, braless because most of them were on my back, and taking a lot of Benedryl. Good times.
We did make it out to the library both Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday was a special crafting event where the kids learned to make catapults from a variety of simple components like plastic cups, balloons, popsicle sticks and bottle caps, for launching pom poms at paper targets.
On Wednesday, we saw one of my favorite summer library programs, a wildlife rescue group. They bring various rescued birds like hawks, falcons and owls and talk about ways to keep wild birds safe. My favorite bird was the long-eared owl, which pants like a dog when it's hot. It looked and acted exactly like a fat little dog. Its handler sprayed it with water to help it stay cool and it shook its head like a dog too, with the ears flapping back and forth.
On the Fourth, I baked a flag cake, as I often do on that holiday, but with a twist this year. I made it a poke cake instead. Have you ever had poke cake? It's a cake that you poke full of holes with a fork, then pour over unset Jello which goes through all the holes, making streaks inside the cake. I used a recipe which appears in my Betty Crocker calendar for the month of July (you can also find it here if you're interested).
In the garden, we have tomatoes ripening every day. So far, it's the cherry tomatoes with the slicing tomatoes (ours are Early Girl) still just starting to ripen. We have two kinds of cherry tomatoes, Sweet 100 and Husky, and both are good but I think I prefer the Husky. They have that really rich, umami flavor that I love in a tomato. Sweet 100's are nothing to sneeze at, though; I'll happily eat any kind of fresh-off-the-vine tomato.
We've been eating our lettuces as fast as we can before they go bitter. It's the best thing ever to eat a salad with your own lettuce and your own tomatoes.
The apples are almost ripe. I'd say another three weeks and they'll be just ripe enough to eat. I won't eat them that newly ripened, but the kids will. I'll wait another week or two after that.
The monsoon season has been disappointing so far. We've hardly had any rain at all. Lots of darkening afternoon and evening clouds, along with some thunder, though. It's been very hot and sunny most days but I'm really hopeful about good storms still to come this summer.
The small Bears will start swimming lessons again tomorrow...back to my shady knoll under the pine tree, back to towels on the clothesline, back to the daily sunscreen wrestling match.
I didn't do anything crafty this week. I think the Benedryl slowed me down. I read a lot, though. My library piles have been huge this summer. Going to the library once a week, sometimes twice, has been good for my brain.
Toward the end of this past week, we took off for a camping adventure. I'll tell you more about it soon.
I don't know about you, but I'm feeling increasingly weary of the news, so I've been keeping away from the computer lately. I'm sorry if I've been missing any of your blog posts. I hope you're having a good weekend and staying cool. In my neck of the woods, which feels like it was moved to the surface of the sun, we've got iced tea chilling in the fridge and the swamp cooler a-blowing. Back soon.