Sunday, June 25, 2017

Summer, this week









This was our fourth week of summer break, 2017.

The small Bears and I attended an event at the library called Tower of Pasta. The librarian gave each child handfuls of mini marshmallows, elbow macaroni and spaghetti, and told them to construct a tower. There were no other guidelines. The object was to see who could make a tower strong enough to support a paper plate with large nails added one at a time onto the plate. It was hard! The librarian made a friendly competition of it. The winner's tower supported 15 nails, which was very impressive. He got to take home the remainder of the bag of mini marshmallows as his prize.

We camped in the Santa Fe National Forest for a few days, which was really nice. I'll tell you more soon.

The heat of last week seems to have ended. It's still hot but not as brutally so. My geraniums are thriving. I think I've finally hit on the perfect annuals for that barrel. The sunflowers are well over a foot tall now. The roses of Sharon are in bloom, which means the hibiscuses are only days away from blooming. And the monsoon is hopefully on its way. It's full-on summertime now.

I finished the book of short stories by Jojo Moyes that I was reading last week, and started a new novel, Outline by Rachel Cusk. I like it so far. I'd read one of her novels, Arlington Park, years ago and loved it. I'd actually picked that book up mainly because the title interested me (Arlington was the name of my high school), but it turned out to be very engaging. I'll have to look for some other books she's written when I'm finished with my current one.

I bought a set of real Tupperware bowls. I say "real" because most of what I have bought new for myself is Rubbermaid because it's cheaper. Almost all the real Tupperware I've ever had was hand-me-downs from my mother-in-law. But I've been trying to replace old, worn-out things in the kitchen lately, and decided to get a nice set of nesting bowls with lids, for fridge storage mostly. I got a set of Wonderlier bowls, a very classic Tupperware product, and I looooove them! They're so sturdy and easy to use. I'm just so darn excited about my Tupperware.

I didn't do anything crafty this week. Too much else was going on with preparing to camp, and I didn't bring any yarn with me. But this week, I firmly intend to crank out a few more Maybelle squares.

We're very happy to have Sunday night shows on Masterpiece again. I'm really enjoying My Mother and Other Strangers so far. Tonight will be the first episode of Prime Suspect Tennison, which I'm looking forward to. And we're glad to have Grantchester back, of course. I sure do love my summer Sunday entertainment. I just love having a show to be in to, really. As much as I enjoy having shows at my fingertips with Netflix, where I do most of my TV-watching these days, sometimes it's nice to have shows to look forward to as they air, like it used to be. 

Thank you for reading these posts. I know they're probably boring, but they help me appreciate the good things about summer, which is not my favorite time of year at all, and give me a way to jot down the things we've done. I hope you have a good week ahead!

15 comments:

  1. Spaghetti and marshmallow building is always good fun. I just clipped out a piece from a local magazine about a trail I could do with the children in the summer holidays - thinking ahead! Just four weeks left now I think. Love your barrel of flowers, especially that deep red geranium. Glad you had a good time camping, I shall look forward to hearing about it. Hope you have another good week. CJ xx

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  2. Not the least bit boring! The tower building is a great idea. I am reading the third in the Hawk and the Dove series by Penelope Wilcock. A friend loaned me one of the series years ago and I could not get engaged in the story so I returned the book. Recently another friend loaned me the first three books and I have raced through the first two and am well engaged in the third. We are having a couple of days in the 100s and our plants are a bit stressed, but we still have many pretty blooms and my Geraniums in the window box are especially prolific this year. I finished all the episodes of Escape to the Country on Netflix and am hoping they will liberate more episodes so that I can continue my armchair tour of England. Wishing you a happy week! xx

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  3. I like boring. Hope that's not too weird. From time to time a break from the everyday sameness is nice but I'm a creature of habit. Have a good week, Lisa

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  4. Building a tower with pasta and mini marshmallows sounds like a lot of fun. For one to be able to hold 15 nails is really impressive!

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  5. Not boring at all! I imagine tower building with pasta and marshmallows would be fun activity for our holidays, maybe on a rainy day. I look forward to hearing about your camping trip. Love camping more than any other holiday type. I remember tupperware parties in the 1970s. I was a child of course but there must have been at least one party in our house. My mum still has some of those 1970s containers, what a great investment. We seem to forever buy cheaper versions. Enjoy the next week of your holiday! We'll be leaving for Cornwall in three days, so exited. Oh, I just remember, your geraniums will over winter well if you cut them right back and keep them somewhere cool but not frosty. xx

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  6. These posts are never boring. I actually really love them because they're just full of your everyday life and that is interesting to me, in the same way that what any of my friends are doing is interesting to me. The pasta challenge sounds fun. I look forward to hearing more about the camping. x

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  7. Those pasta towers are so cool, I am going to buy the same things and get my grandson onto it....should keep him quiet for an hour or two! I love your posts, always so interesting Jennifer. Keep 'em coming :)

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  8. I always enjoy these posts. Summer is looking lovely, and so is girl bear, who is also growing up way too fast!

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  9. That librarian had a wonderful idea didn't she? I found that children usually like those kinds of challenges. I laughed out loud at your Tupperware story. I started out with lots and lots of Tupperware when we first got married. As it became old, (we've been married 39 years this year,) I replaced it with the cheap Rubbermaid stuff. I think I'm on the opposite track as you are! Your posts are never boring Jennifer. I love them. They remind me of earlier days with our children. I'm glad you're enjoying your summer.
    Blessings, Betsy

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  10. What a wonderful librarian you have, sounds like great fun. Your geranium's are looking beautiful, if you cut them back well they should winter well if kept somewhere cool. Take care.

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  11. I have to chime in and say "not boring" too! I always look forward to your posts, and especially enjoy hearing about how things are growing in your garden. It's funny how, despite the differences in climate, things are blooming here at the same time as they are there: our hibiscus is just getting started, and my geraniums look as happy as yours. I look forward to hearing about your camping trip. Cecily x

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  12. I just wanted to say that I don't find your posts boring at all, as a mum of similar aged kids in the UK I find the small differences and similarities of daily life very interesting. My pair have several more weeks of school to go before we break up!

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  13. Not boring at all... it's fun to see all the things we have in common, yet we live so far away. I completely understand your love for Tupperware - nothing else compares. I have some inherited from my grandmother and it's as good as the day she bought it! Geraniums are my go to flower for the pots and baskets by my front door. I can always rely on them to flower throughout the summer. Enjoy your week Jennifer :)

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  14. Your posts are never boring! I enjoy hearing what you and your family have been up to. I've slowly gotten rid of my plastic storage containers and replaced it all with glass - though I did keep a couple of plastic mixing bowls. Your geraniums look really pretty in that barrel. Have a good rest of the week!

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  15. You have such fun events in your library, I expect the pasta and marshmallow building was enjoyed by all. I've never had real Tupperware, all mine are cheap fakes. Perhaps I should look into treating myself to the real stuff too. I enjoyed My Mother and Other Strangers when it was on here too but I can't say I was impressed by Prime Suspect: Tennison. Poldark is back on here on a Sunday night and I'm enjoying that. Your barrel looks fabulous, I do love geraniums, they're such forgiving plants and don't need too much care to keep them looking good.

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