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.