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Thursday, June 30, 2011

{pretty, happy, funny, real} -- June 30th and some blogging updates


My tomato plants!  Oh, the delight of homegrown tomatoes.
In fact, I'd call them BEAUTIFUL not just pretty!


This is an old picture from late May.  Hubby and I went out "on the town"- our small town, that is. It was a very happy night.


This took place in my backyard about an hour ago!
Summer joys: this hammock is the source of many of them.

(get it...REEL)

Yes, a REEL mower.  This is our new mower.  There are many things I love about it and a few I don't.  One thing I do makes for a pretty decent work out.  Most mornings I get up early and spend about 30 minutes pushing this thing around the yard.  (The new yard is large enough I can only do about 1/4 per day...well, I could do more, but I like stretching it out.)  Another thing I love about it: It is so quiet I can enjoy catching up on my podcasts.

Enjoy more at Like Mother, Like Daughter.

And the updates...

Sorry for the unplanned and unannounced blogging hiatus.  Wish I could say I had some great reason, but it was really just summer.  It always takes us a little bit of time to get our summer schedule going...and then we took an unexpected trip to visit dear friends in Little Rock.  (Photos on our family blog and probably some posted here soon.)

I've been thinking a lot lately about blogging.  I keep thinking I'm done with it, but I can't quite give it up.  One blogging friend said she feels "bored" with the internet...and maybe that is part of it.  Or maybe it is that I feel boring myself.  Am I boring you?  It's a thought anyway.  Another blogging friend said she just isn't sure what her blog is going to become...she feels things have changes so much as her kids have moved out of their preschool/early elementary ages...and maybe that is part of it.  Although I do still have a toddler.

Anyway, I not totally sure what blogging has in store for me.  I plan to keep plugging along perhaps in a more personal and familial way.  This blog gets many hits (and a few emails) about Classical Conversations.  This was a nice way to gain some traffic, but it has left me feeling sort of trapped.    I'm just not a CC evangelist.  It works for us, but that is about the best I can say.  So, if you are subscribed because you are hoping for lots more posts about CC, I can't promise them.  They may indeed happen here and there, but it won't really be a main thrust of this blog.

So, I'll just keep blogging and see where I end up.  Hopefully, I'll still have some readers when I get there - wherever that is.

Happy summer, and a day late: Blessed Feast of Saints Peter and Paul!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

As spring comes to an end. . .

Feast of the Ascension

The calendar says we have 20 more days until spring is officially over, but you'd be hard-pressed to tell it isn't summer around here.

School is out for all the kids, although all three of the school-aged kids have some work to do this summer.  H and E both have math to finish up.  Everyone has some reading to do.

We've hung our hammock and are working on digging a fire pit.  My laundry line is hung (for airing out linens, line-drying beach towels, etc).  The tomato plants are laden with green tomatoes.

The ice cream man has begun making rounds, although we have yet to catch him.

And we've had about a week with 90+ degree weather!

Summer is HERE!

Some events and updates from the Spring:
:-: Our sweet Louie passed away.  We think he was bitten by a snake.  It was very, very sad as he was SO loved.

We buried Louie in a special spot in our woods.  

:-: We adopted a new kitty: Ezekial Clyde.  He's a very sweet cat.

Zeke taking a nap.

:-: S finished his first year of high school.  Next year he will be participating in the Classical Conversations Challenge 2 program.  (If you are interested in learning more about their program, click on that link!)

:-: New neighbors moved in and our cul-de-sac is complete!  Only one more lot to be built on and our neighborhood will be finished.