Monday, September 10, 2018

Slide into fall











Hello! It's good to be back here after a hectic few weeks. The beginning of this school year has taken it out of me, I have to tell you. There are some changes at school - most of them really good! - which have been a bit of an adjustment, and all the extracurricular activities started up in the past two weeks as well, so I've been getting back into the routines and adding some new things to them as well. This year, both kids are involved in math clubs, including MathCounts National Math Club for the LB, in addition to guitar lessons for both, ballet for the GB and computer coding club for the LB. Also, I was again locked in battle with the LB's medical providers, insurance and pharmacy regarding his medication, but that's nothing new - just a time-consuming frazzle. I just needed a little break, but I'm glad to be making time for my blog again.

So what's new here...Miss GB turned ten last week! I can hardly believe it. This sweet, brilliant and talented girl. She wanted to have ice cream sundaes instead of cake, and she picked all the fixings herself. We celebrated on her actual birthday here at home, with presents and ice cream, and the next night we went out for dinner at Red Robin (her choice; she picks it every year) and she got more ice cream from the waiters, who also sang to her. I made one of her presents myself, a crocheted poncho made with gradient cake yarn, which was fun to work with. I really like the way the poncho came out and I'll share it soon.

I've also been working on a small crochet home-decor project. It's been a real blast, I've enjoyed it so much and I'm looking forward to showing you that soon too. I'm also starting to think about another stash-buster project, probably a blanket for the family room (because there will never, ever be enough blankets in this house, apparently), but I haven't settled on anything for sure yet. I do know that I want to have a cold-weather project on the go and I'd like to start soon, to enhance the nascent fall feelings I've begun to enjoy.

Speaking of the season, it does feel like fall is beginning to creep in around here. The days still get very warm but the mornings have begun to feel crisp and it's pitch-dark outside before 8 pm, so we'll definitely well on our way. I'm so glad. Fall is my favorite season and I welcome the change every year. We're starting to do some fall things now, which has been delightful. We made a Dutch oven bread in the backyard last week, with hot coals under the Dutch oven and on top of the lid, and we roasted some green chiles on hot coals alongside the Dutch oven. I'm baking again; yesterday, I made an apple crisp and we all collaborated on apple fruit leather and dried apple rings, all of which utilized apples from our own backyard tree, which was prolific this year. I don't have many concrete plans for the fall, but I do plan to spend more time outdoors now that it's not so hot, and I want to get back into making soups, stews and baked things. I miss them so much in the summer.

How are you doing? Do you have plans for the new season? I hope all is well with you. Back soon. 💛

20 comments:

  1. Hello Jennifer, I enjoyed your post this morning. They always remind me of the happily busy days that we had when our children were home. I’m sure people tell you all the time and you probably get tired of hearing it, and I know that you really do enjoy the time with your children, but it goes so very fast. (Boy, that was sure a run-on sentence wasn’t it?) Wring every single moment that you can out of each and every day. What I wouldn’t do to be able to go back and repeat those years. We are having crisp days here also. It still warms up in the afternoon, but the mornings are fairly chilly and it gets dark very early and stays dark longer. I must confess, I’m not ready for all of this. :-). Have a lovely day my friend.
    Blessings, Betsy

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  2. Lovely photos, that rose is amazing every year isn't it. Sorry it's been a bit full-on for you, I hope it settles into a calmer routine soon. I'm glad your GB had a good birthday. My youngest is 10, it's a very good age, there's still lots of magic and fun and happiness to be had I think. I shall look forward to seeing the poncho and how the yarn cake came out. Enjoy the rest of the week. CJ xx

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  3. Hello Jennifer,

    Glad to see you back:)

    You have been busy,with lots going on.

    Such gorgeous photos so full of Beauty and colour.

    What lovely ways to use up your apples.

    Take Care x

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  4. Hello!
    Yes, feeling like fall here as well.
    I am so glad. I love the early, cozy evenings and the crisp, cool mornings.
    We hope to go apple picking and make some applesauce.
    I also want to go to a new pumpkin patch later this month.
    Happy Birthday to your girl!

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  5. Lovely moments captured here 💗
    Happy 10th birthday to your sweet girl! Garren also turned 10 this year ☺️

    I love autumn too but we're a whole year away from that - it's starting to get a bit brighter and the days a little longer here by us as we welcome in Spring...

    Have a lovely day 🌹

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  6. Oh I do love to read about Fall in a climate where you can grow apple and stone fruits. I love all your apple projects. Happy Birthday to your sweet girl, now in double figures. Quite the grown up young lady. I am enjoying change of season to Spring: I change the bed covers, switch around the vignettes about the house, and pot up lots of pretty flowers, pansies etc. The weather is just right for those at the moment.

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  7. Beautiful photos, belated Birthday wishes. Autumn is certainly a busy time for those with children, enjoy them as they grow up so quickly. Looking forward to seeing your crochet projects.

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  8. Hi Jennifer, lovely photos of your week. Happy birthday to GB, 10 is a good age. They grow too quick, mine are 18 and 15 yrs, shocking! For ourselves we don't feel old but our children seem to age so fast.
    I look forward to seeing your makes. Take care, Cathy x

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  9. It can be hard settling back into a routine again, especially when there's so much going on. Your Dutch oven bread looks delicious, it's a long time now since I made bread using this method but I may just have to make a loaf myself again soon. Happy birthday to the GB, growing up fast.

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  10. Eautiful words anf photographs as always Jennifer. Both my boys are now in Higher Education, so those hectic days of school are over and I do not miss them one bit, it was very intense, and i have come to realise how much I hated the statutory element of education, it really did not suit either of my boys. Tney are both happier now that they are older and are learning because they want to, not because they have to x

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    1. Thanks, Penny. I understand what you mean about education. I feel very fortunate to be able to partially homeschool my children, within a program that includes regular classroom time as well, and really seeks to meet each child where he or she is, academically. I don't think one-size-fits-all education works for very many children.

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  11. Happy late Birthday wishes to your beautiful daughter. It has been pleasure to see her grow up into a confident 10 year old.
    Your Dutch oven bread looks amazing, I really would love to tear a chunk off and eat it with lots of butter. The new school year is always hectic, new clubs, new teachers, new curriculum and maybe new schedules for old activities. I am not surprised you were to busy to spend much time here. I hope there are no further problems with LB's medical insurance.

    Enjoy those lovely early autumn days xx

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  12. Your bread looks amazing! I'm just starting to bake again, although I've been relegated to bread only as the children want to make all the cakes (which is totally fine by me)! I'm glad your GB had a nice birthday. Ten is a lovely age. X

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  13. Happy Birthday to your daughter! It sounds like she had a very lovely birthday. I just baked a loaf of dutch oven bread and I couldn't wait to have a warm slice with butter. It was so good. It will go alongside our spaghetti and meatballs this evening for dinner. I am baking a lot more these days, too even though it is not all fall - like here. I'm pretending that it is, though as I can hardly wait for cooler weather. I hoping and praying that the forecasted hurricane for NC is not too devastating for us. I'm sure we will get a lot of rain and wind, though.

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    1. Thanks, Julia! I'm hoping and praying you don't have problems from the hurricane. Stay safe!

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  14. I wish it was Autumn. The days are getting sbor, but it's still in the low 90's.

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  15. Life is certainly busy with kids! As you know, I'm in my "older season" now, with just a young adult son under my roof...but I really do miss those grade school days and all the activities sometimes. Are those green chiles, hatch chiles? What do you do with them after you roast them?

    Happy birthday to your daughter! Double digits...that's always a big deal. :-)

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    1. Thanks! Yes, they are Hatch chiles, grown right here in Hatch, NM. You can do so much with them. Put them on burgers, sandwiches, eggs, in soups and casseroles, anywhere you want spiciness, really. Pretty much every restaurant around here will put green chiles on your food if you ask for it. :)

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  16. Happy Fall! Your pictures are beautiful and it sounds like you're getting all settled in. I hope you find a fun new project to work on for the winter! And Oh My! Didn't your daughter just HAVE a birthday? It seems like it was just last month LOL!

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  17. It all sounds lovely, if busy. I am always amazed at what you pack in to your school day schedule. I have been looking at gradient yarn cakes too with the thought of making a scarf or shawl. There are some amazing colour combinations out there. I am excited to see your home decor crochet project though! xx

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