… the sound of time passing too quickly!
(Note: all the pics are clickable for a larger view.)
In the whopping two months since my last post, a lot has happened and I’m grateful that most of it has been wonderful. I hope your summer (or winter, for friends in the other hemisphere) has passed with as much happy activity as ours has. <3
Here’s Arden, volunteering to open up our “summer retrospective” post. :) I forgot to water the sunflowers, so they are not quite at their full glory, but they’re pretty magnificent nonetheless. There are also some other late-season goodies up there on the balcony, including some comfrey I just picked up this morning from a friend. Orca, our black kitty, was a stowaway on the comfry-gathering expedition and escaped in a busy downtown area. Fortunately, she came back pretty quickly and we have decided that we’ll limit our future car trips to no further than the end of the driveway. ;)
Z and Ro
We went to the Common Ground Fair on Friday. I took Rowen, Nick, and Ro’s buddy Z. The ladies stayed down in that part of the state for some overdue bonding time with a dear friend who moved earlier this summer, but Nicky and I managed to find our van at the end of the day and head safely home.
There was, as always, so much to see and do at the fair that it sort of blurred together. I didn’t take as many photos as usual, but in no particular order:
gone to seed
sweetening on the vine
my next goat endeavor?
hand-done stone etching
We took a few end-of-summer trips after the family returned home from the Netherlands. There was a riotously fun trip to Bar Harbor:
someday, I hope all weapons of war are used to dance upon!
to infinity and beyond!
let’s transform weapons into crazy-uncomfortable benches
life’s uncertain – eat ice cream in the lobster chair!
We also took our annual trip to the Blue Hill Fair, an old-fashioned agricultural fair. I love doing things with my kids that I did as a kid.
back in time…
And we finally got back to that amazing place in Trenton with the fresh lobsters and smoked pork, LOL.
Hmmm. What else was there? Well, I’ve been to the dentist, but I don’t suppose you want to see my teeth.
We’ve spent a lot of time along the shore.
One can never grow weary of the beauty of the sea. Fortunately for us, there are also some fun educational opportunities that teach us about the ocean and the marine industries that our region depends on for survival. We went to the Oceanarium this year for the first time, and it won’t be the last. We saw so much!
Did you know that lobsters are “pregnant” for two years? I’ve quit complaining about my measly 40 weeks! This lobster is “pregnant” – she’s covered in eggs, a phenomenon known as a ‘berried lobster’ because the eggs look something like tiny berries.
When the eggs come loose from the mama lobster, the tiny lobster babies are fair game for anyone – including mama and siblings – so they go into these mad-scientist looking tanks of moving water in an attempt to curb cannibalism.
The touch tank lecture was full of gory stories about how the marine life forms eat each other. The kids loved it – the more gruesome, the better.
We made a few new friends there. ;)
And Arden drove a lobster boat. Well, sort of.
Also a local economy, Washington County saw another good blueberry harvest. One of my best friends lives in Florida and I took some pictures of a migrant crew at work along Route One one day when I was traveling for my own work.
And I’ve been stitching – when not in school, at my internship, working, farming, or hanging out with the family doing cool things. ;) I finished this fun piece the other day. It’s a slight adaptation of Bittersweet Gatherings by Scattered Seed Samplings. I used my own colorway and I knocked off the floating keys at the end, relocating a tiny squirrel who was under the keys. Sorry about the darkish lighting and lack of ironing.
The stitching has been my nighttime “chore” to make sure I’m not studying or working around the clock. So as soon as I finished those adorable squirrels, I needed to immediately pick something else up but I hadn’t kitted anything. So I created my own fragment from a larger piece in a recent SANQ (and who else is bummed to hear that this magazine will no longer be published?!):
I subscribed to a mystery club and received my first kitted design, which I hope to start today. I’m pretty excited about it:
And now, sadly, it really is time to finish up the homework that’s due tomorrow night. Thanks for spending some time with me here! I hope your days are full of beauty!