Tuesday, August 26, 2014

On my mind

It seems that Summer has decided to take a little break. We've had cooler temperatures all week and breezy nights that have been great for sleeping with the windows open.  It's nice to have that touch of fall for the first week of school.  Our street is very active now in the mornings and mid-afternoon, with the kids from the high school traveling back and forth.  It's one of those ironies in life that, now that we live only a block from the high school, none of my kids is attending.  All those years of getting them to and from school, life is funny that way.

I've mentioned my trip to Hawaii and yes, I'm excited!  My niece plays volleyball for the University of New Mexico and they have some pretty tough travel duty (ahem), like going to Hawaii for five days.  My sis-in-law, Jenny, and I are going to tag along and add on a few days for an extended stay. I'm going in the true spirit of island living, and taking one small bag with a few changes of clothes and several swimsuits.  And my journal.  And ipad mini loaded up with books. 

I'm back to planning menus, and boy does it make my life easier, even for just the two of us.  (Luke is working evenings, and on the two nights he doesn't work he's often out with friends.)  Cooking for two is fun and we've been trying some new recipes.  Often times we'll grill some chicken or meat and then make roasted vegetables with whatever is on hand.  Lots of zucchini and eggplant from our garden!

We're coming up on my favorite time of year. Fall is just the best!  I'm looking forward to cooler temps so we can get out in the yard and dig up space for  more gardens!  I have missed having a rose garden this year.  However, a month or so ago, I had occasion to go to our old house to pick something up, and saw that the roses were blooming and beautiful.  My first thought was to be sad that I was missing it.  But, then I felt good about having done something that others are getting so much pleasure from.  That goes for our last two houses -- rose gardens planted and left behind.  This next one is going to be ours to enjoy for a long time:)

I like to collect quotes, so I'll leave you with this one:

Life is one grand, sweet song. So start the music. (Ronald Reagan)


Mari said...

Hawaii sounds wonderful! I've been menu planning for several years, and I love it!

Martha@SeasideSimplicity said...

Even here in Florida we've had a little breeze in the air and a teeny bit cooler temps and humidity. I can definitely feel fall in the air - and good thing too since our air conditioner broke down today! I just started getting back to menu planning too, it definitely makes life easier! :)

Melanie Cook said...

I'm trying to get into the habit of menu planning. I used to do it and for some reason, stopped. I'm so ready for fall. Every fall, I hope I can be moved up to Tennessee by the next one. Hopefully, next year.

Susanne said...

We were on holidays last week so I was on computer hiatus. This first week of September is darn cold and today, horrors, there was snow in Southern Alberta.