Monday, August 9, 2010

Monday musings

As I type this, I'm sitting on my back porch, where the day is cool and overcast, and raining slightly.  The sounds of metal extension ladders and hammering fill the air, roofers at work throughout the neighborhood.  Earlier this summer, our town was pummeled by a hailstorm.  Soon every house, including ours, will be sporting a 'new do'.

Musings. . .  This is the last full week of summer vacation.  High School registration is today, and classes begin next Wednesday the 18th, the same day courses start for our college kid.  Junior High starts on Monday, the 23rd.  Dan took some vacation time last week and is out of town this week.  So,  last week was our "farewell to summer."  We took a day and went to see the Body Worlds exhibit at the Denver museum.  It was absolutely fascinating to see actual human bodies preserved using a technique called plastination.  I was oddly humbled that our Maker thought of everything when creating our human forms, and struck by how I take mine for granted. 

On another day, I took a couple of the kids and one of their friends and we went to a nearby farm to pick strawberries. 
The kids worked like seasoned field hands to fill their buckets.  We gathered several quarts, enough to make strawberry jam that afternoon and a strawberry pie, too!  
Dan and Luke took a trip to visit a college on the Western Slope and on another day, Luke and I went to look at his senior picture proofs.  It's hard for me to think about another one of my kids graduating high school.  I know this next year is going to fly by!

I love this time of year, with the promise of new beginnings.  It always feels like a bonus "new year" with opportunities to try new things, make a new plan, get a fresh start.  It's been glorious not working this summer, and the idea of not having to work when the kids go back to school has me giddy!  I know that I won't be idle  -- Em's new school requires many hours of family volunteering and our weekends will be consumed with fall baseball games and trips.

My summer reading plan. . .took on a mind of its own.  Patrick Taylor's series about a country doctor took me to a small town in the hills of Northern Ireland.  An Irish Country Doctor and An Irish Country Village were just delightful reads.  I'm looking forward to going back for the holidays with An Irish Country Christmas.

One of my favorite things about this summer. . . is our new back porch.  Dan is building it himself, and he is a meticulous craftsman.  The deck, roof and framing is complete.  He'll finish the siding and screening this fall. 

My favorite things about fall . . .new beginnings, nesting and cleaning the house, cooking stews and roasts and fall veggies, cool nights, our town's fall festival, the anticipation of Christmas:)

11 comments:

Becky said...

Lovely lovely word pictures. Except for the part about another high school grad. That just goes by too, too fast as you well know

I am anticipating fall like I have not done in nearly 20 years. I JUST CANNOT WAIT to be in the midwest for fall. So excited to see leaves change color again, pick apples, have a fire in the fireplace, drink hot cocoa, wrap in a sweater. Just so excited. Yay!!

Marilyn said...

Good morning. The sky looked so gray and stormy this morning to the west. My school starts with us (staff) going back next Monday! I'm spending my last week painting~should be rolling right this minute! I'm going to try P. Taylor's books as they sound interesting. Have a good week! ♥♫

Susanne said...

We saw Body Worlds last week too. It was very interesting and made me realize how creative and awesome God is as my Creator.

You guys go back to school very early. Our kids usually go after the first long weekend in September but this year it's actually going to be August 30. They are not thrilled with that.

Jen said...

we had a terrible hail storm a couple of years ago...the whole town got new roofs...me included..so i feel you on this one.
I love the fact you are thinking new beginnings...I never have thought of school like that but it makes total since. I would love love to sit on that back porch with a glass of wine with you...
ps
the margaritas were awesome..Scott made a new pitcher and put them in the fridge out in the garage just for him...lol.

Renna said...

I love reading your musings, Karen. Your outlook always sounds so upbeat and positive. You are blessed to be married to a husband who can build. Mine has admirable qualities, but that doesn't happen to be one of them! ;-Þ

Your new header picture is beautiful. Is that in your own yard?

I love when you recommend books, as I've noticed we have similar reading likes.

Have a great week, it sounds like you're on your way! :-)

Country Dreaming said...

I wish it was cool and cloudy.We have been in the 100's here in the great state of Kansas for a couple of days now with not much relief
in site.
School starts for staff THIS week and the kids start next Monday.
It is supposed to cool down a bit by then--here's hoping.

Have a great day.

Melinda

Bill said...

Wow! Homemade strawberry jam and a pie? Count your blessings that I don't live on the next block. I'd have been knocking on your door with a napkin already tucked in.

I love a screened-in porch. I know you are going to make the most of that.

Frog Hollow Farm Girl said...

Greetings from Frog Hollow Farm! School starts so early out in Colorado! We won't start here until after Labor Day - the usual start date for public schools in the state, although I won't need to think about it since my retirement in January. I told Frank that this will be my first September that I'm not starting a new school year since kindergarten (except of course for my maternity year leaves). Your freshly picked strawberries sounded yummy, and I'm impressed that you made the jam and pie that same day! We can hear the crickets here in evenings, and even during the day - always a sign that fall is on it's way. Your children sound like they are doing well, and a new screened in porch sounds great. Hope you'll be posting some photos soon! Ciao, bella!

Bee Jay said...

Patrick Taylor's books sound like a good read. I must look for them in my library - I'll remain optimistic until I find out if they are available here - so often we (downunder) find that books popular in the northern hemisphere aren't so much in this part of the world. Blessings!

Rizzi said...

HI KAREN,
SOUNDS LIKE YOUR SUMMER IS JUST ROLLING ALONG AND EVERYONE IS IN THE RIGHT STEP WITH IT.
HOPE EM ENJOYS HER NEW SCHOOL, AND LUKE GRADUATING, IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE, HOW TIME FLIES. YOUR PORCH SOUNDS GREAT, IT WILL BE NICE WHEN IT IS COMPLETED. WELL, ENJOY THE REST OF YOUR SUMMER, OH...
STRAWBERRY JAM, AND PIE, WOW!! LOVE YA,
AUNT RIZ

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Cool, overcast, these sounds so wonderful to me right now! As I sit here (albeit very late to this particular post), it's a whopping 98 degrees with a heat index of 113. Fall cannot get here soon enough!

School started last week for the kids here. Early August seems too early to me. Seems like we started around Labor Day. Seems like that is a better time to me :)

Strawberry picking sounds so fun! Bet you're going to enjoy the fruits of your labors for months to come with all that jam!

I will have to check out those books... I just looked online and my library has a few of his books, although not the doctor one. I am always looking for good book recommendations!

Hope you're having a great day and week!