1 September 2014 The Start of Soccer Season

September 1st, 2014

U10 girls Red practice
Sam’s first practice with the U-10 (under 10) girls’ team Red.

31 August 2014 Big Slide

August 31st, 2014

Big slide

30 August 2014 Afternoon at the Pool

August 30th, 2014

Afternoon at the pool

29 August 2014 Pappadum

August 29th, 2014

Celebrating the sale of my story “Pappadum Pizza” with pappadum.

28 August 2014 Cat Trainer

August 28th, 2014

Cat Trainer

27 August 2014 Brother and Salmon

August 27th, 2014

Brother and Salmon
The neighborhood cats really enjoy our outdoor lawn furniture. In true cat style, they think we put the bench out for them.

26 August 2014 Water Taxi

August 26th, 2014

Water taxi
Sam hitches a ride on a kayak out to the island at Sherando Lake.

25 August 2014 Rite of Late Summer

August 25th, 2014

Pesto rite of summer
Making pesto from the basil in the garden.

24 August 2014 Cemetery Garden Late Summer Update

August 24th, 2014

I’ve neglected the garden horribly this year and it looks a tangled mess, but it is still pumping out tomatoes at an unbelievable rate. Peppers, collards and basil still abound. The cucumbers succumbed to bacterial wilt, probably from an infestation of cucumber beetles :-( Only one edamame plant sprouted and Sam declares we will be eating the pods in a few days.

And just this week, the sunflowers bloomed.

23 August 2014 What Happens When It Rains

August 23rd, 2014

Compost bin house

And you are all dressed for the pool… it seemed perfectly reasonable for AC and Sam to run around in the rain, since they were already dressed in their bathing suits. Then, to get out of the rain, they climbed into an (empty) compartment of the compost bin. Apparently it was quite cozy and pleasant. Oh, the things I miss because my foot is in a cast :-)

22 August 2014 The Jets

August 22nd, 2014

The Jets
Sam was invited to join the Little Gym’s advanced gymnastics team this year– the Jets. Only two Jets showed up today. Maybe the Sharks got em?

21 August 2014 Hot Day for a Reindeer

August 21st, 2014

Reindeer in the fridge
When I went to make dinner this evening, I discovered a reindeer cooling off in the fridge.

20 August 2014 Surprise Visit

August 20th, 2014

Surprise visit

from Heidi and Tristan, who now live in NC.

19 August 2014 Sold!

August 19th, 2014

I sold a story to Highlights Magazine this month and the check came in the mail today. For so many reasons–no, actually for just ONE reason (my left foot)–I needed this good news about now.

18 August 2014 Phillip the Bear Goes to the Dentist

August 18th, 2014

Phillip the bear goes to the dentist

I also thought about titling this, “Bear Bottom at the Dentist.”

17 August 2014 Sam Consents to Smile!

August 17th, 2014

Sam consents to smile with grandparents

16 August 2014 Colorful Ladies

August 16th, 2014

Colorful ladies

15 August 2014 Sushi Friends

August 15th, 2014

Sushi friends

14 August 2014 Cat and Penguins Alike

August 14th, 2014

cat in the scooter
enjoy the utility of the knee scooter.

13 August 2014 Road Trip

August 14th, 2014

Emma listens to a podcast
Emma Bear enjoys listening to the History of Rome podcast.