Saturday, August 13, 2016

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Hello! I feel like I'm resurfacing after a very busy week of back-to-school. I intended to step away from blogging for a few days, which turned into a whole week. The time flew, being packed with things to do and places to be. It's funny; as soon as school starts, it doesn't feel so much like summer anymore. Does anyone else have this? It's still quite hot outside but because I'm getting up earlier and also going to bed earlier, it seems like the days are both shorter and darker than they were just a week or two ago. Even the afternoons, which are still bright and sunny, seem a little less summery now that we're back to homeschooling. We never really stopped that, but summer afternoons were often reserved for outings to the library. I really don't mind, though; I like having a structure to the day, set times for various things. I feel settled, purposeful, intentional.

Homeschool is getting easier and harder at the same time - they're more independent but they're learning more challenging things. I think it will be a good year; the LB has a teacher we already know well, while the GB's is new to our school and seems organized and energetic. I'm enjoying some new highlighters that I picked up for myself in the back-to-school buying frenzy. I like using them to check math workbook pages. Well, really, I just love having fun things to write with. I also use various colored ink pens to edit essays and correct handwriting irregularities. The Bear and I both do a lot of this, but he prefers to use just one kind of pen, which is known as the G-POD, or Green Pen of Doom. The goal for everyone, of course, is to use it as little as possible.

I took these photos on one of my recent evening strolls around the backyard. Since the monsoon finally began at the end of July, I've been relishing the occasional storms and beautiful, dramatic sunsets (complete with rainbows) that we've had these past few weeks. It will be hot during the day for a while but not like it was. You can really feel fall nipping at our heels sometimes, especially in the evenings and early mornings. On two different nights this week after little rainstorms, I smelled wood smoke in the air. The first time, I thought it was my imagination, but the Bear smelled it too. The second time, I was sure. The slow but steady march toward autumn has begun.

24 comments:

  1. I completely agree - once the new school year starts, summer comes to an end for me, even though the calendar and weather might say otherwise. Beautiful photos, such golden light. I love this time of year. I hope the return to schooling is smooth for you. Xx

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  2. We've had such a poor summer in the south west of England, only a couple of really warm days. I can feel Autumn coming too, but I'm not ready for it at all!

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  3. I can see how you feel it is not summer; I know it is super hot here right now, but I am feeling the tip towards September and the change that this brings. That bowl with the bird is so pretty! So cute about the green pen. Wonderful about your kids schooling! :))))

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  4. School doesn't start here until after Labor Day, so summer is still going strong. It's very hot and humid here, so it really feels like it too.
    I love your photos!

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  5. It,s been the same here... everything about the day is slowly shifting. For me, it's always the lught and the way it shines that does it. Somhow everything is less blinding, even when the sun is high. Mornings are getting darker quickly and evening has a coolness to them. Before we know it, the leaves will start changing. Where has the summer gone? Your pictures are beautiful...

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  6. Definitely - autumn starts for me when the children go back to school. I love that photo of your mountain with the rainbow; so beautiful. Still chuckling about the G-POD! xx

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  7. Yes, there's a breath of autumn in the air early in the morning here too. I'm studiously ignoring it. We're only halfway through our summer holidays here. Still lots of adventuring to be had. Beautiful garden photos, it's looking lovely out there this year. I especially like those red roses. Have a good Sunday Jennifer. CJ xx

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  8. Ha ha, I had to laugh at G-POD. Green actually seems a much nicer colour to mark work, I remember red from my own school days, a much harsher colour in my opinion.

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  9. Beautiful photos and I love the mellow evening light. The start of the new school year always seems to herald the end of summer even if the weather is good. There is something about new stationary that brings a tingle of excitement. I still like to look at the back to school displays although I no longer need anything!

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  10. I like to think of Summer as September too. Even when I was a teacher I used to eek out a project on Sunflowers in the first month back to make summer last a little longer. Here's to a settling down period for you and your family. Jo x

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  11. I am not quite ready for Autumn as the Summer was so late arriving this year in England. I am hoping to eek it out a little longer. Our Grandson starts school in September, where does the time go?

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  12. Im looking forward to autumn its my favourite season. Glad you and family are well xx

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  13. The first week back is always a bit hectic, isn't it? It is the change in routine more than anything. I used to mark student papers with a purple glitter pen, just for fun :-)

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  14. I remember the first week back to school - always a hectic and exciting time, with everyone trying to adjust to new hours, new teachers, new friends, structure and homework. Beautiful photos!

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  15. It's still pretty hot up here so it feels as though summer is in full swing yet. Of course, I'm not involved in back to school activities any longer either. I love your birdbath Jennifer. It's gorgeous.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  16. I think Autumn has started to move forward here too. Slowly but I'm glad as it's my favourite season. It's back to school time here in three weeks so I will have to start preparing for that soon. I giggled at the Green Pen of Doom, might introduce something similar here x

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  17. Hello Jennifer! Aw, I love the idea of wood smoke smelling air! I've noticed some changing leaves and it puts a bit of bounce in my step!
    I hope you WILL buy yourself many fun writing toys and revel in putting pen to paper. It's my favorite (although knitting has brought me simple joy of late!)
    Take care, good mommy.

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  18. School does divide the year, doesn't it? I agree it's in a good way. I love the holidays and I also love the routine of when they're over and term picks up again. It's a nice balance to follow. Super set of photos x

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  19. It is definitely still summer here, we don't do back to school so the seasons change with the weather rather than anything else! I too have taken a long break from blogging too, there is so much going on isn't there fitting it in is hard. Hope your transition has been smooth.

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  20. Lovely photos (as always). We've got two more weeks of school holidays after this one (DD2 goes back to school on 5 Sept, DD1 on 6 Sept), but the mornings are definitely starting to feel as though we're heading towards autumn, with the day brightening up after that, but daytime temperatures in the early to mid 20Cs suit me just fine :)

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  21. Your garden is filled with colour...how beautiful! It is late Winter here in Australia but Spring feels as though it is just around the corner. Flowers are blooming and soon the plane trees will begin to get their new leaves. There is a warm in the air and a certain quality to the mid-afternoon light that signals the changing of the season.

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  22. That is okay, I stepped away for a year. Hope that I am back now without having to pull away. Recently retired, so I am jumping on board...again! Beautiful pictures.

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  23. Beautiful pictures! The march to Autumn had definitely started -- I just can't believe how summer has slipped away....

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  24. i loved having a peak into your backyard.. it absolutely beautiful.
    i have also started feeling the stirrings of springs here. the road into town is lighter and not as cool as before and on our way home in the evenings the sun hasn't quite set until we are home.

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