Saturday, September 10, 2016

Scatterday








The weather is pretty much perfect today and I can't wait to sit outside this afternoon with a drink and the guacamole I made a few minutes ago. I love this time of year.

Last night, we had a lot of wind and it knocked apples off the tree. We need to pick them up but I kind of like how they look. I like the sweet vinegar scent and the way they attract fat, lazy bees.

I finally figured out what to do with my next blanket and have been enjoying crochet again. I'm making hexagons, with a narrow range of ten colors, arranged in a sort of gradient. I spent about two hours one night this week sketching a plan with colored pencils. I came up with twenty gradient patterns using all ten colors through a spectrum of pink, purple, blue and green. I'm excited!

I've been having anxiety about driving lately. I've never been terribly enthusiastic about driving, but it's worse now. I'm driving more than I used to, for one thing, but I'm also scared of other people on the road. I see crazy things every single day. And safe driving has consequences too; yesterday, I was trying to make a left turn across four lanes of oncoming traffic, with the woman behind me irate because I wasn't doing it fast enough. Waving her arms, making obscene gestures, yelling - with a young child sitting in the front seat next to her (which is illegal) and a small dog running free across both of their laps. I'm worried for that kid, and everyone else.

The Bear baked zucchini breads earlier this morning, with zucchinis we grew. We've been eating them for a few weeks and learning to pick them early, before they go all sticky and seedy inside. The tomatoes are almost finished and the grapes are rotting on the vine faster than we can pick them - food for birds now. This was our best gardening year in this house and we're pretty proud of ourselves. Next year, more tomatoes, especially large ones for slicing.

Did you know there's a new Tana French book coming out in October? I know I have some fellow Dublin Murder Squad fans out there. It's called The Trespasser. I have it on hold already at the library. I can't wait to read it!

I've been doing laundry since early this morning. I don't mind laundry, really. Even the folding and putting away is pretty bearable, to me. I hang my nightgowns, bras and some of my underwear on a rack which I keep in the foyer when it's in use. I'm enjoying the way the detergent scent floats through the house when a breeze comes through the windows. The windows are open, did I mention that? Open windows, coolish temperatures, a soft breeze! It's really happening.

It was actually cold out this morning when we got up. Down in the fifties, sunny and bright with that crisp look to everything outside. Now I want to bake an apple pie. As soon as all the zucchini bread is finished, I will.

24 comments:

  1. You're the second person to mention a new Tana French book in two minutes. I haven't read anything of hers, I shall investigate immediately. Windy here last night as well, but we don't have nearly as many apples as you and they're holding firm for now. I see a lot of peeling and chopping in your near future. Really gorgeous yarn colours. I'm feeling the pull towards yarn a little more now as the sun sets earlier and earlier. Still fairly balmy at the moment though. Have a good Sunday Jennifer. CJ xx

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  2. Your blankie is going to be lovely, Jennifer. The colours look amazing together. :o)

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  3. Open windows, fresh laundry - such a lovely scene! I can almost smell it. :)
    That must have been quite a wind! I kind of like the look of all those apples too.
    I think your next project is going to be lovely!
    Driving in traffic like that, with people like that makes me anxious too. I much prefer a country road.

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  4. All those apples! Plenty for apple pies, apple crumbles, cake, sauce... :-) I had a phase a few years ago when I was nervous about driving. It has thankfully passed but I do know what you mean about other drivers. Your blanket is going to be lovely. S x

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  5. It's sunny here today too and we're forecast a week of nice weather, that makes me very happy. I'm the same about driving. I don't drive far, just round our little town, but it's not something I enjoy. It's not because I consider myself a bad driver, far from it, there's just so many nutters on the road these days that you have to have your wits about you. So many apples, surely you don't get through them all yourselves? I'm usually gifted some lovely apples from a neighbour each year, though I've got my own little harvest from my patio tree this year.

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  6. I like the smell of fresh laundry too. Boy do you have the apples! The hexagons look challenging, but I like the colors.
    I pre-ordered the Tana French book as soon as I heard of it and Amazon promises that I will have it on the day. Love her books.

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  7. I wondered what scatterday was until I saw the photograph. We are harvesting here too but have been out today enjoying the sunshine while it lasts - late summer, I love it because we are more impromptu - changing plans to snatch the last bits of summer. Have a great week Jennifer. Jo x

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  8. Jennifer, I get anxiety about driving too, people are so crazy around here and I drive all day long! Take a deep breath before you get behind the wheel and ignore those crazy people shouting, what a day they must be having! Love your crochet.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  9. Such a lovely, cozy post! The planning of a new project is always so enjoyable and I can almost feel your pleasure during the time you spent figuring out a new crochet blanket. Thank you for sharing!

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  10. Hi Jennifer,

    Love to see your photos and sounds like the perfect time of the year there with pleasant weather. You have a great crop of apples and love the pretty sunflowers. Sad that there are drivers out there that have no consideration for others, we have many here too.
    Happy week
    Carolyn

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  11. I'm not a driver. I never completed my lessons many years back and to be honest some of the people on the roads scare me. I love the smell of line dried laundry even if the towels do get a little crispy. Wishing you a pleasant week x

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  12. I've now pre-ordered the Tana French book! It's released here on 22 Sept so I'm counting down the days. I love it when a good author releases a new book. I'm now waiting for Robert Galbraith to set the date for the next one!! Our apple tree is in a pot and blew over in the wind (in august!) so our crop was pretty much non-existent! Those sunflowers are gorgeous. Have a good week xx

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  13. Lovely hotchpotch post Jennifer. I don't like driving, I get cross easily with inconsiderate and reckless drivers. I must be the only person who doesn't particularly like Tana French novels. I find some of her detectives downright obnoxious. I wonder if we are to meet a new main detective? Have you considered making apple juice or cider with your windfall? You could probably borrow a heavy duty juicer in some hardware outlet. Looking forward to seeing more of your blanket, the colours are beautiful. x

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  14. I don't drive, I wish I did for the independence of it, but it terrifies me! I love the picture with the apples, what fantastic harvests you've had this year. I have a line full of washing today, I love how it smells when I bring it in to fold, so fresh xx

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  15. Hey Jennifer,
    One of my most favourite things is having all the windows and doors open with the breeze flowing through the house. Also apple for pies. I've already made three crumbles, and currently straining apples and blackberries for jelly.
    Leanne xx

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  16. Great pictures, they evoke the season so beautifully...love all those scattered apples. Your driving anxiety is very understandable, especially after the experience you had lately. How very pretty your new hexagon blanket will be, it sounds like a gorgeous plan and one that will be a real pleasure to make. And thanks for giving me a new (to me) writer to add to my reading list!
    Happy week.
    Helen xox

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  17. What a beautiful crop of apples and I love seeing the orange berries at this time of year! Driving is not my favorite activity either...a subject I talk to the Lord about...before during and after I drive...especially when others are rude or reckless...or when I wish I had made different driving choices. I'm glad you are enjoying fresh sweet breezes through your home, something I enjoy as well. Your plan for your new blanket looks so pretty, and in colors I like, too. Happy reading! xx

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  18. I enjoyed the fall atmosphere of your blog post.. I've got the fall mood going on here but my spouse feels I should not decorate until October.. ha.. I just finished a really good book called "The Light Between Oceans" and just found it's just out as a movie.. I might be off to the theater tomorrow! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  19. The weather here has been perfectly beautiful, too with that wonderful crispness to the air. I'm going to miss summer though. As my yoga teacher said tonight, "We know what's right around the corner." I totally understand your anxiousness about driving. I find it happening to me when I drive, too. I'm always paranoid about the person next to me side-swiping me and I don't know why. That fear appeared about a year ago. I just hate being out in traffic, period because of the way a lot of people drive. Don't even get me started on people looking at their phones or texting while driving! I don't mind laundry too much either. Most of the time, I find it rather therapeutic to mindlessly fold it. We have a drying rack in our basement and that's where I hang my cotton shirts and bras. No scented detergent for us though because of allergies and sensitive skin.

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  20. Wow! Look at all those apples! Are you going to make something out of them? It sounds like fall has definitely arrived and it's looking beautiful!

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  21. *i think my comment didn't get posted so writing again*

    Not a fan of driving at all.. but as the designated chauffeur of the house I have so choice. which is why on vacations I do no driving.

    Your house must smell so good with all those delicious goodies in the oven

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  22. Hi Jen, your hexagon blanket looks so nice already. Regards your driving experiences I also hate those kind of drivers, you ignore them x

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  23. I think these are my favourite kinds of posts. I'm with you on the crazy driving and I use my horn frequently. I'm often appalled at what I see round here, especially at the school gate! Nutters. I like the sound of your weekend though. I don't think I've read any Tana French though, so thanks for the recommendation. Xx

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  24. I love the cooler autumn days too (not that it's ever really roasting hot here in Scotland for any length of time, even in the summer). I understand your fears about driving. Some people have no parience on the road atall, and shouting obscenities at any time is pretty low, but particularly with a child in the car. And a dog?!? Sorry you had that experience. X

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