Well, another Halloween is gone and past. When Eli woke up this morning he asked if he could have Halloween again today. Dear sweet boy! Even though I like the holiday, I think we should move on to Thanksgiving and such. Thanksgiving is one of my faves! I love the warmth and togetherness but I also love the challenge of getting a whole lot of food made in about the same time. It's the challenge that I love. So, on to Thanksgiving and hopefully the first snow of the season!
But, yesterday was quite the adventure. All of the costumes came together without too much effort. Solomon was a ghost. Just the good old sheet torn and sewn in spots with extra pieces here and there. Simple and good. Amelia decided to be a character from Naruto, a Japanese manga series and also a Japanese subtitled anime. I'm not sure I know what character she was because I don't understand Japanese (!). But, she looked great and enjoyed her costume. Eli was an alligator or dragon. It depended on the moment you asked him. His first costume, a skeleton, was washed and the glow in the dark paint stuck together quite nicely. We threw it away. Thank goodness we had a back-up plan!
Pumpkin carving. Always a good time. I especially enjoy watching Dad do it with the kids while I take pictures! : ) He's patient and a natural artist. It's a good fit.
Right after these pictures were taken, Solomon was inside and got stung by a wasp (he has a history of wasp induced hospital visits). I spent the next 3 hours in the emergency room with my boy being pumped with fluids, steroids and other things. Luckily we still made it home in time for trick-or-treating. We were taken care of very well by everyone at the hospital and Solomon's pale face fit in grandly with his ghost costume. But darn! We could have done without that!
Yesterday we also pulled up the rest of our beets in anticipation of moving our chickens over to the garden. It was a full day.
And some housekeepng notes. I downgraded my typepad account so, you'll notice my blog looks different. I may keep it like this for a while. Who knows?!
Everyone needs a home.
This little one made its home in an apple we brought home from Apple Hill. I don't think this little carterpillar likes taking a bath and decided to high tail it out of there.
Someone else likes our apples too. It's the mouse that's made its home in our garage, right along with the caterpillar. I don't blame it. After all, there's free bags of apples just sitting around to munch on. He (or she most likely) only has to worry about the occasional human or dog to cramp its style. That's where I come into the story.
I like apples too. In fact, I like making apple sauce from them. You know, especially those caterpillary (Is that even a word??) ones I can't make into pie.
As I write this, the carterpillar is meeting its fate in the chicken yard along with all the other apple peelings. Good luck little guy. Now, I have to go talk to the mouse and give her the bad news. There's only room for one apple loving family in this home and she'll need to pack up her things and move on.
P.S. Thank you for all the wonderful birthday wishes! : )
We've wholeheartedly stepped into this new season. We've had our first round of colds last week. If you came over right now, you would find our back door wide open to let in all the last bits of warmth before we get our first frost. The teapot is filled over and over during the day.
Everyone seems so busy with work around here. I wonder if we're all still farmers at heart and feel a burst of energy during this time of harvest. We need to keep our hands busy.
We've been painting and drying tomatoes.
Yes, we've been spending lots of time outside, working with sand and water.
Zephyr stays clear of water. He's not a water dog but he has to be with his "people" at all times.
I'm purging again. I'm cleaning. I'm preparing for winter as I think about checking for jackets, gloves and winter boots.
What I've been up to.....
Listening to The Best of America , something we picked up from the library. Amelia loves them and knows all the lyrics now, sweet girl.
Watching all the crazy, crazy things driving down the road from Burning Man ~ giant cows, metal sculptures, bicycles and hula hoops piled on top of cars coated with playa dust.
Smelling the lovely scents coming from the kitchen. Jonathan is making us quinoa chowder with spinach, feta and chives. I'm so hungry. (add on: it was so good, I have to share it sometime with you)
Shopping for cameras that make me drool. I'm leaning towards a Nikon. Last chance for anyone to talk me out of it.
Still mellow from taking in a movie by myself.
What are you up to? I'm off to dinner!
Soccer! If you can believe it, we are starting soccer again for the fall season. Come September, we will be living and breathing soccer when all three of my kids will be on a team. For now, Amelia is the only one practicing. So, I can take her to the field, sit in my car and knit or read, walk around the neighborhood or just do nothing. It feels really nice to have time to myself.
I've started an hourglass sweater from a pattern in this book.
Other than soccer, I've been so busy keeping everyone in the house happy (including myself) by getting out for fresh air every day. This leads leaves very little time on the computer (proofreading gets thrown out the window too!). I've also been getting all the materials we need for homeschooling this year. It's easy to be swept away in things coming up. I have to remember to breath in the sweet smell of every day.
I'll cut to the chase. Amelia decided she wanted to cut her hair off and donate it.....willingly!
Ever since she was little, she told me her hair was a horse's mane. In first grade she drew a horse as a self portrait. So, to voluntarily cut off her mane is quite shocking to me. In fact, I shouldn't be so surprised because she's turning into a little woman and things change.
She had a BIG grin on her face. She said she had never had a fancy hair cut in her life...Well, except for "that one when I was 5 but I really can't remember!" My dear Amelia, it was over half a life ago.
We went for Thai food to celebrate. Just us two women.
Hooray for change!
The spring and fall our kids play soccer. It's good exercise and they love playing. This Saturday Amelia didn't have a game so we could leisurely go to Solomon's afternoon game and enjoy the nice weather. It was perfect soccer playing weather. Not too hot and certainly not too cold thank goodness. Just a little breeze blew down from the mountains.
Amelia took a lot of pictures. Solomon wanted to document the fact that he played goalie this game. She said it was hard to get shots of him because he was moving around so much!
A little girl saw Amelia taking pictures and wanted to use the camera. This is the picture the little girl took of Amelia. I lightened up the exposure a little.
I love this mural.
A thorough soccer burn-out occurs some time in late May. Just about the same time soccer season ends. In the meantime, I don't have to tell you what I'm doing on Saturdays. : )
Solomon's soccer practice was canceled again tonight. I can't contain myself! This is the third practice canceled this week due to rain and cold. Yeah, it's been a cold spring.
What does one do when it seems more like fall than spring outside?
Start a new hat with scrap yarn. Practice cables. The great thing about knitting is that all the kids ask me if they can have what I'm making. I tell ya, they don't get this excited about a hat they see at the store!