|At least she had the decency to color coordinate.|
|Auntie Beth came for a visit and she bears the proof of a smooch.|
|Beef Stew, before|
|Beef Stew, after|
|After church, we all shed our fancy duds and babies once again walk around in their skivvies. |
The fancy sash never made it entirely off of Ineke, resting atop her mushroom head instead of wrapped around her protruding belly.
|Corynn in her very own flower garden this year|
|Andrew in his very own patch|
The garden may be lacking this year...but not the flowers.
The last day of August is upon us and I know it won't be long before the amazing vibrance of summer moves aside for the more muted burgundy, mustards and rusty hues of autumn. It's coming. I feel it in the weighty air. I am these crazy urges for scented candles, hot showers and comfort food. Maybe I'll actually pick up some knitting again one of these days.
This weekend is a busy one~ Corynn and Judah are having birthdays on Saturday, the same day I hope to set up at our community rummage sales. Proceeds go to the girls' room re-do fund and, as that is a (hopefully) fall project, that envelope needs to get filled quickly! Not to mention, I am tired of the Granary being filled with yard sale bins, adult consignment bins, childrens' consignment bins. At this point, I am ready to just donate it all and clear out the granary once and for all. (Well, until the next time, if we are being honest here.)
I cleaned out our murky, mucky, dank basement last weekend and took a load to scrapmetal, a load of recycleable plastics to the recycle center, set a bunch of stuff for garbage and washed the musty, gross clothes. It is as spiffy as a wet floor, low ceiling old farmhouse basement can get and I felt pretty accomplished. When the Granary is emptied too- well, that is going to be a pretty great feeling.
Judah has asked for another backhoe cake (I wonder when he will grow out of these?) and Corynn has chosen macarons for her birthday dessert wish. I have never made them before and am nervous about the whole thing....but they are something I've always wanted to make- so I am happy for the excuse to actually do it. Hopefully, they won't be a total flop.
Usually we have nearby relatives drop by in the evenings which means the house will need to be spiffed up for company before evening too.
I am not sure how I will accomplish all of this in the midst of having a yard sale- but, we'll see.
Amazingly, both Corynn and Judah chose Cheeseburger Soup so I only have to make ONE birthday meal request instead of two- and an easy one at that. I'll make some lard biscuits to go with it. The whole meal can be made a day ahead- and possibly the macarons (does anyone know this to be true?)- which would leave Saturday free for the busyness that comes with having a yard sale.
And after the yard sale and birthdays are over, school must inevitably begin again.
Goodbye August. You've been good to me.
Let the September Hustle begin.