Saturday, August 6, 2016

Summer, this week













This was our tenth week of summer break. And our last full one before school starts in just a few days.

I picked up my new glasses. I'm adjusting to them, and I'm happy to say I am seeing better with them on. I have had glasses before but I never got used to them and stopped trying after a while. I have noticed some problems with my distance vision in the past couple of years, though, so I'm going to do better this time. I don't need to wear them all the time, only when my eyes are tired. Or I need some extra help seeing far away, like when I'm trying to read the tiny Netflix descriptive text from across the room. I like my glasses. They're gray in the front with purple on the sides. I almost got blue frames but I'm glad I went with these; they're more subtle and I do wear a lot of gray and black so they should go with everything.

We had some rain most days this past week. It was so nice to have cooler days and cloudy skies, even when it wasn't actually precipitating. Thursday night, we had over half an inch of rain! I've barely had to water plants this week, which has been a nice change. Not that I mind watering, really, but one less chore isn't a bad thing.

The cooler days were good for my cooking life. I've been desperately craving that feeling when you have a pot of soup simmering on the stove all afternoon, smelling heavenly while you go about your business. It wasn't exactly soup weather (upper 80's), but I couldn't resist so I made matzo ball soup the way my grandma taught me.  Yum! I love it so much. Roll on, fall, I've got a lot of soup to make.

When it wasn't raining, we spent a lot of time in the backyard. We can practically make a lunch of what's growing out there these days, between apples, cherry tomatoes and greens. Soon, we'll have cucumbers and zucchini too.

I heard from the other teacher (the GB's, who is a new hire) and was able to purchase the required school supplies for both kids. I spent a lot of money. Let's just say I could have bought these glasses AND the blue ones and had me a nice little glasses wardrobe.

I've had to put my crocheted top aside for now, while I work on some handmade birthday presents. Our family's birthday season has arrived; the Bear will celebrate his the week after next, with the GB's three weeks later. For one of her gifts, I bought some cotton yarns (I Love This Cotton from Hobby Lobby). They have some nice new colors lately. Clockwise from top: Rosebud, Mango, Curry, Aspyn, Royalty and Amethyst.

I finished reading How to Be a Tudor and have started How to Be a Victorian (both by Ruth Goodman). I also finally got my chance at a library copy of The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore, which is quite a tome. My current bedside reading pile is a hoot, between these books, Nick Offerman's Paddle Your Own Canoe, and Helter Skelter. All my boxes are ticked: history, comedic memoir, mass murder. Yup.

This week, I took the small Bears to Peter Piper Pizza (an arcade/pizza restaurant kind of place) to cash in some reading reward certificates they earned at school. The pizza is pretty dismal, but the games are fun. Miss GB tried a game where you have to guess whether a coin will fall heads or tails. She won the jackpot! Next thing we knew, the machine was spitting out 2,500 prize tickets. An employee brought us a shopping bag to put them in and they barely fit. The GB very kindly offered to split her tickets evenly with her brother and they both got some very nice (for an arcade) prizes in exchange for their tickets.

All in all, it was a good but quiet week and I don't have a lot else to share! Fine with me, quiet is good. Thank you for your lovely comments on my Voyage cross-stitched pirate ship. You're so sweet! I loved making it and I already miss working on it. Good thing I have at least 10 other designs I'd like to stitch eventually. I'll probably start the next one in a few weeks. In the meantime, there is crochet! I hope you're having a good weekend, lovely people.

22 comments:

  1. Your matzo ball soup looks delicious! I too have been enjoying the "cooler" weather here in Albuquerque. The rain has put a big smile on my face and I love falling to sleep with the rain falling outside. Have a great weekend!

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  2. Your new glasses are great, I hope you get on well with them. Going back to school always seems to involve great expense doesn't it. I have odd things to get still which will no doubt add up. I hope you enjoy the last few days of the summer holidays. CJ xx

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  3. I *totally* hear you about soup. The one you made looks wonderful!!! (recipe?? no worries if not). My husband only likes soup when it's 'winter cold' so I don't make soup as much as I would want. But I am hoping for a much colder winter this coming year! How FUN about the yarn! and the arcade! and all the lovely garden stuffs!! yay!!!

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  4. oh! for to say, great glasses! If I don't wear mine, I'm pretty blind!

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  5. Hi Jennifer! I'm liking How to be a Tudor! Your garden is doing great!

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  6. Not boring at all Jennifer. The matzo ball soup looks so good. I don't think I've ever had it and will have to try to find a recipe for it. Your glasses are beautiful and should go with just about everything. I have heard the same thing about buying school supplies from several parents this year. it was SO expensive! I think I need to be grateful that I'm not outfitting my kids for school anymore. :-). Have a wonderful weekend my friend.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  7. I like your new glasses and hope you wear them when you need them. I am not very good with wearing glasses but definitely have to see an optician because I struggle with my near sight. Maybe it is my arms that are too short... We don't really have massive expenses for school, all materials are provided. I sometimes buy a small box of colouring pencils, just for 'special'. I do need to check in my box of used school uniforms for the right sizes (it comes in handy sometimes to have lots of children!). I hope you'll have no further expenses! Your soup looks delicious. Soup is good all year round. It makes good camping stove food for that small adventure in the back garden :-) Wishing you a lovely next week. x

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  8. GB is a testament to you (and your hubby), Jennifer, being generous to half her winnings with her big brother. Congrats to her on her win! Enjoy the last few days of your summer holidays. :o)

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  9. Your glasses look lovely, very similar to mine! We have been having a bit of rain too, it is useful sometimes isn't it so that you don't have to water the garden. I am sorry I missed your wonderful Voyage post this week, it has been a bit traumatic here so I haven't been online much, your cross stitch looks wonderful. Enjoy your last week of Summer, I shall be sorry when these posts finish I do hope you are going to do them again next year.

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  10. I really like your glasses. I have to go for an eye test this week and will choose some new ones while I'm there - my current frames went through the washing machine (by accident, in my dressing gown pocket) and are barely wearable.

    Good luck with the return to school, I can't believe how that has rolled around already! Xx

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  11. Loved your new glasses. I have to wear mine all the time which took me awhile to get used to but now I feel strange without them. The soup looks delicious. Hope all goes well with the return to school.

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  12. I've enjoyed your easygoing posts of summertime. Congrats on the GBs big win! Your chickens are so lucky to have the run of the backyard safely. Ours have to stay in their Fort Knox-like pen as we lost one to a predator in the middle of the day once and so they don't get to have as much fun as yours. I look forward to seeing what you're making with that rainbow of colorful cotton! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  13. our little ones are already in the full swing of all things school. we have had an athletics day and its all busy from here on until the end of september. I absolutely adore the colours of your wool. they are really beautiful. I may just be inspired to knit up a baby grow for the belly with colours like that - thank you for the inspiration.
    ps your glasses are really pretty.

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  14. It sounds like a good week. Amazing how expensive uniforms are. I remember kitting L out for his first year at secondary. It was eye watering.

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  15. Love your new glasses! I got new glasses in Feb and they're a larger frame than what I was used to (I guess these bigger frames are now "in style") and are a subtle tortoiseshell on the outside (most people think they're black until they're up close and then see the brown in them, too)...and then the inside of the frame is aqua.

    I *love* matzo ball soup. One of our faves. I spent several of my teenage years living in a predominately Jewish town, so really got to know the culture and the food. To this day, I still love stopping at the same Jewish deli I grew up with and picking up corned beef, knish, bagels and "schmear". :-) And I love making chicken soup with matzo balls in the cold weather.

    That's so cool that your daughter won the jackpot at the pizza place! Who knows, she might have to try her hand in Vegas when she's older. ;-)

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  16. Happy last week of Summer, Jennifer. I am glad you had some rain, and that is a great rain picture. Whenever it rains here (not often) I am out there trying to photograph, and it is not easy! Your new glasses are very smart, and isn't it great when you get the clear vision :) Geraniums are looking good. Alas, my pretty pink one was decimated by the cockatoos last week. Now trying to strike the remains....

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  17. Your new glasses are lovely, I've had to update my reading glasses recently (I got two pairs) and have also got some distance glasses too which I just use for driving. I've gone with grey too for two pairs and a pinky red colour for one of the reading pairs. It makes such a difference to have the right prescription again. Returning to school can be a huge expense but I didn't realise until someone mentioned it that you have to buy lots more school supplies over there than we do here. We get lots of things provided that you don't.

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  18. Hey Jennifer,
    Your new glasses look just like mine! I always leave school uniform purchases to the last minute. I never learn. I just hate school shoe shopping, so put it off. There is a tang of Autumn in the air here, even though St Ives is full to the gills with holiday makers. Lots of income for the town, but I will be glad when September comes. New term, fresh start, quiet roads. Have a great week, lovely girl.
    Leanne xx

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  19. Hi Jen, I read your blog on holiday but was not commenting on a phone as I can't write coherent messages on them! Your holidays are so long but you have packed so much family time in. Have a great week. Jo x

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  20. Your new glasses look terrific, Jennifer! Like you, I am borderline on needing them for distance vision, and like you they have taken me some getting used to. I think my brain is used to seeing things a bit blurry and has a hard time when things are in focus.

    I'm glad the last week of summer before school kicks in has been such a nice one for you. Soup season is just around the corner, and I couldn't be happier. Your soup looks delicious!

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  21. I've been loving reading about your holidays. Your glasses are great. I really need to get my eyes tested again. I've reached that stage (age? eek!)where I take my glasses off to look at stuff close up! I have turned into my Dad!! There is, dare I suggest, a breath of autumn here - those berries ripening. I do love this time of year...especially with the opportunity for more stationery!! xx

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  22. Here I am just catching up with your last full week of summer vacation! I enjoyed viewing your account of it, Jennifer. It is so interesting to me that every year in the first week of August I think I find myself noting a shift to Fall even if my routine and the weather is entrenched in Summer. Your eclectic bedside reading stack interests and impresses me...although I run from reading about mass murder. I just realized that in reading through the Bible in a year I read about enough past murder and mayhem that I don't want to read about more current accounts! I hope you enjoy your fine new glasses and don't end up washing them as Gillian mentioned she did in her comment! I have not made soup in months, and now seeing yours, I yearn to make some. xx

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