Saturday, July 23, 2016
Summer, this week
This was our eighth week of summer break.
We finally had some rain. Monday afternoon and evening, there were on-and-off storms and showers. Tuesday night brought a big storm just after the Bear and I went to bed. The rain on the roof sounded so good. I'd been waiting for it all summer long.
Our tomatoes have gone crazy! We have fresh tomatoes off the vine every single day now, three different kinds at once. I especially love the Husky cherry tomatoes but the Sweet 100 cherries are nothing to sneeze at. Cherry tomatoes are great to have around; I eat them all day like candy.
The apples are almost ready to eat, by my standards, but they're wildly popular with the kids already. They sit on the wall under the apple tree, picking apples one at a time, eating them and pitching the cores over the wall into the arroyo. Technically, they are littering, but on the other hand, they're eating healthfully and strengthening their arms. Not to mention that it's something to do.
They finished their session of swimming lessons on Friday. Both passed their level, which means that the LB is finished with the swimming-lesson program now. The GB will continue next summer. The LB will be old enough for the junior lifeguard course next year. Can you believe it?
The Bear came to the pool with us on the last day because he was off from work. He brought his travel watercolors with him (he has this set) and painted a lovely little picture of pool life. The boy in the green trunks to the left of the slide is our LB.
I did some nice cooking this week for dinners but didn't get good photos of any of it because of the cloudy evenings and the need for indoor lights. I made eggplant parmigiana, to which I have lately been adding dollops of ricotta cheese between the eggplant layers. It fills out the dish considerably and adds some protein. I also made a chicken and veggie alfredo bake with penne pasta and a Bisquick bake with egg, zucchini and parmesan (the recipe is here; I cut it into large squares for serving instead of the suggested "bites"). And I made a cinnamon-crumb coffee cake (recipe here) - fabulous with my afternoon tea while it lasted, which wasn't long.
I'm planning a crochet project just for me! This rarely happens. I've been fantasy-shopping a little here and there now that fall clothes are starting to appear, but I'm not seeing much that I love. So I decided I would finally try to make a garment for myself. I've made lots of scarves and hats, but never a real piece of clothing for me. I'm going to crochet The Choro Top from Joy of Motion, a lovely crochet blog and pattern shop. I had some help from a friend, Teresa Kasner, in choosing a yarn for my top. I've settled on Knitpicks' Comfy Worsted Yarn, a blend of pima cotton and acrylic, in the Fairy Tale colorway, which is a deep magenta-wine color. It's very different from colors I usually wear, but hey, I'm branching out. I'm so excited!
I've been reading a wonderful book, How to Be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Everyday Life, by Ruth Goodman. It's a really interesting look at everything a typical person living in the Tudor era would have experienced, from what they ate, to what their beds were like, to the jobs they did. It's just fascinating. Goodman also wrote a similar book about Victorian life, which I've requested from the library. This is the same reason I read blogs, you know; I'm nosy and I just have to know everything about how other people live.
I hope you're having a good weekend. We're sticking close to home. It's really hot. I went to the grocery store early this morning and we've been straightening up the house and yard before some friends visit tomorrow. Tonight, the Bear and I will have takeout Chinese food for our at-home date. Ice cream, too. This coming week will be quiet, without swimming lessons. We'll probably go to the library. I think we should look at the kids' shoes and see what we need to buy before school starts, along with school supplies. Maybe it's a good time for haircuts too, before the rush; school starts in a bit more than two weeks. They say the monsoon should be active again this week; I'm hoping for a few good gully-washers. Or car-washers, I'll take what I can get.