Saturday, August 31, 2019

Can you hear me now???

Because I've been creating posts in my head for days!

What with State Fair prep, Brian's school's dedication (for the all-new facility just completed), State Fair starting, our church's annual campout followed by a houseguest for a couple nights, work, State Fair continuing, registering Brian for his senior year, competing at State Fair, school starting, more competing at State Fair, all while trying to keep everything watered, there has been no time for posting. Oh, I've taken loads of photos and thought a lot about things I want to share, but editing photos and creating cohesive paragraphs takes Time with a capital T as all of you bloggers well know. And now the photos and thoughts have piled up like a mountain of dirty dishes that I dread facing. But I'm going to roll up my sleeves, turn on the hot water, add a big squirt of dishwashing liquid, and start somewhere. Hopefully you'll enjoy the results more than clean cups. (Don't worry; without someone to dry, it's not all going to happen in one sitting – ha!)

Since last I posted...

The weather has been mostly pleasant. There have been some beautiful sunrises, some clouds, a couple of days (and one night!) that were scorchers, but no moisture – pretty typical summer stuff for us. I've been doing my best to keep the garden watered and picked, which means tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, and onions (the snow peas and green beans have died off) – just what I need, with the addition of some Yukon Gold potatoes we were gifted, for this delicious slow-roasted vegetable recipe:
One morning while I was in the garden, a small queue of deer walked past our northern fence line. I managed to get my iPhone out to capture the last one in line:

Warm weather makes some catatonic. One evening last week when I went down to the barn to exercise Lance, Chuckie was sprawled on the hay, sound asleep.

Usually he rouses when humans are around and asks for attention; this time he didn't move until Lance reached out to sniff his foot:

That made him jump and move farther onto the stack of hay,

but he didn't stay awake for long.

Another day the heat drew out this little snake to sunbathe on the driveway. I tried to nudge him out of danger with my toe, but he didn't respond.

But when I walked that way a bit later, he was no longer relaxed!

What brought about this complete transformation? Apparently a certain furry someone had decided to pester him!

"Who, me? I'm just a copycat, curled up here in the driveway!"
As you might guess, I haven't had much time to spin lately. But when I do, I have some special fiber to spin from a blogpal's own Shetland sheep, plus a bar of her adorable homemade soap to enjoy! They were a TdF prize my name was drawn for in a group on Ravelry.

Here are a couple photos from the dedication of the new school facility:

Like all building projects it seems, they were still scrambling to finish up some things when school started this week. But it's a beautiful new facility for this 121-year-old institution; I'm glad Brian gets to enjoy it his senior year.

In neighborhood news, the people next door have been plotting out their building sites, septic lines, and a new well (the existing one proved to be no good). The drilling rig was set up when I got home Thursday night.

Yesterday it growled loudly all day; I hope they were successful.

It's probably going to be a noisy year or so around . . .


Michelle said...

Please leave a comment so I can hear YOU!

Mary Anne Komar said...

The sunrises and sunsets are so beautiful ❣️And what kind of snake was that. You sound so busy so it was a real treat to see this new post❣️

Retired Knitter said...

Some great shots of the sky and that Chuckie - who just loves the camera. New schools - all fresh and unspoiled. Glad your son gets to spend a year there. Hope this last year is a good one - and that some maturity is also gained - at least for your sake!

Deb Hillyer said...

Hello, I so enjoy reading your blog-the lovely photos and of course news of Chuckie. Hang in there re senior year of high school-things do get better as our children mature.

Mama Pea said...

So good to see a post from you, Michelle. I had a little titch of worry lately because you haven't been around, but convinced myself it was just general busyness this time of year . . . and sure enough, you've convinced me of just that. I, too, compose lots of posts in my head (what good does that do??) that never quite make it to print. Sometimes we just have too much to say rather than not enough!

Michelle said...

Mary Anne, I'm not great on snake ID; I'm assuming it's a gopher snake? Thanks so much for commenting; so nice to see a couple less-heard 'voices' here!

Thanks, Elaine; I'm certainly hoping for the same this school year!!!

Deb, thank-you for your kind and encouraging words. 😊

Aw, Mama Pea, it's nice to be worried about – not that I want to concern you. Yeah, I always have too much to say but try to constrain myself. 😉

Jeanne said...

Frustration! I wrote a comment the day this was posted, but it wasn't printed! I'll try again...

At first we wondered if that was a bull snake, but probably not. It probably was a bull snake.

Brian is very blessed to be able to attend that beautiful new school, even if he only gets to go there one year.

I enjoy your sunsets very much.

Unknown Soldier said...

Hear you go!

Matthew 11
[15] He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Revelation 11
[15] And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.


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