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Month: September 2016

Half and Half

An appropriate 10 on Tuesday prompt as fall is on the horizon and the weather seems to keep trying to hang onto summertime…5 summer highlights…and 5 autumn anticipations

This summer….was filled with…

– weekly visits to my favorite farm stand…tasty produce to spark kitchen creativity…simply beautiful bouquets to cheer up the mantel…

– a quick trip to Happy Valley to see my girlies…

– a fair amount of stash knitting that was a jump start on gift knitting…

– achieving my summer reading goal…with a Tervis of icy goodness by my side…

– “sneaking in” family fun around several of my work trips so that even though I didn’t have a real vacation this summer I did have some R&R…

This fall…will be filled with…

– stocking up on winter squash at the farm stand…fall flavors in the kitchen…more than just pumpkin is on the horizon…

– more trips to Happy Valley with the girlies…a new way for us to Halloween?

– the return of hand knits into my wardrobe on a regular basis

– diving into some deeper reads…with a mug of warmth & before too long the fireplace will complete the scene…

– between now and the end of the year taking some larger chunks of time away from work for extended R&R and time with family…

What were your summer highlights? What are you looking forward to as the season changes?

Weekending…Labor Day Style…

On this Tuesday after a long weekend, a simple list – 10 things I did this weekend…Friday was the 1st big milestone of the months of big project work and by the time I left the office mid-afternoon, I was spent. In fact, I was not surprised when I fell asleep for a 20 minute catnap on the sofa while watching the 6:00 news on Friday. The weekend was a combination of “laboring” around the house and taking some “R&R time” to rest up…

Simple

  • Slept in till 8:30 on Saturday morning – with the busyness of work this summer, even my weekends have meant waking up early with a brain that won’t shut off…
  • Read…finished a fluffy mystery…met my summer reading goal…started a memoir that I’d been holding for since June via Overdrive…dabbled in a few other books…
  • Scrubbed the kitchen floor – full on, on hands & knees, a long overdue cleaning of all corners of the floor; also, the gel mats got a bubble bath
  • Switched from summer kitchen clean scents to autumn scents – this new Mrs. Meyers Apple Cider is perfect for the upcoming season!
  • Made a simple succotash with delicious farm produce – giant Lima beans & local garlic from last weekend…corn & tomatoes from my local farm stand…
  • Made a batch of “Essential Spray” (water + white vinegar + peppermint, tea tree & lemon oils) and won the battle with the ants at the front door trying to set up residence indoors.
  • Pulled together a bit of Konmari clean-up for Green Drop pick-up this week!
  • Emptied, cleaned & restocked my pantry cabinet. Along the way I downloaded the Pantry Check app so I can keep on top of what is on my shelves & in turn be cooking & shopping smarter.
  • Escaped to Oxford as I continued to stream through the Inspector Lewis series…
  • Prepped food for the week ahead: roasted tomatoes, roasted garlic, roasted & shredded chicken as components for lots of easy pull together meals; a pan of my go-to shepherds pie; chia pudding for breakfast; fruit cleaned & ready to grab…

And as it always seems to be after this sort of long weekend, I could easily use 1 or 2 more of these types of days…but alas, this week looks to be busy…

How did you spend this “last” weekend of the summer? 

Connecting up with Carole for Ten on Tuesday

Recently…August 2016

Ah, AUGUST…a month for…lots and lots of hot days…time spent watching sports that only get watched every 4 years…an abundance of fresh tastes from weekly farm stand visits…one or two mornings that had just a hint that fall may one day come…

In the midst of it all, these are the things that filled my days…

kindle

Reading…on a new Kindle! At the end of July, my Kindle decided to just no longer “open” so after months of talking about the Paperwhite Kindle I finally made the move. A busy month meant that I didn’t share my July reads here but they are queued up for September along with the few August adds: Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery and Still Life and The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend…hoping that Labor Day weekend lets me hit my summer reading goal…

Cupcake

Watching…the Great British Baking Show was a treat…after the DVR captured the final season of Inspector Lewis & pulled me in – I’m now streaming the series from the beginning…

Cheering…so many different Olympic events…as the Opening Ceremonies arrived, I joked that the combo of long work days & staying up way too late watching Olympic coverage just set me up for 2 weeks of being perpetually too tired…

Sleeping…much better with the addition of a new mattress pad & the nightly routine of lavender & peppermint oils in the diffuser.

Crafting…while not “officially” setting any Olympic knitting goals, many stitches were knit…another “Stash Shawlette” was cast in during the opening ceremonies & off the needles more than 24 hours before the closing ceremonies…looking at the pile, I need to have a Blocking Olympics soon to properly finish all my recent knits…

Flowers

Enjoying…zinnia & herb bouquets from my local farm stand…August yielded 2 basil bouquets & 1 pineapple sage/lavender bouquet…each has been under $5 & sparked joy…

Cooking

Cookingmuffin madness early in the month was a smart move & one that I think I might do monthly…creating a tasty chilled zoodle salad with chicken & a homemade peanut sauce…a great one skillet meal of pork chops with wilted spinach & peaches…stuffed peppers are becoming a go to meal option…so much great local produce being incorporated into my meals…

Sipping…iced coffee and iced tea and iced water and all the cool drinks to beat the heat…a new & refreshing iced tea discovery is Cherry Lemon Green tea…

Traveling…above the clouds to Milwaukee…below the clouds to Happy Valley

Looking Ahead…as the big work project goes live on September 2nd now a next wave of work begins with it…the return of football…contemplating what will my football knit…ready for the change of seasons…

What filled your August days?

Linking up with Leigh’s monthly What I’m Into round-up.

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