Monday, September 14, 2015

Grasshopper Days

Grasshopper Days

For today, Monday, September 14, 2015

Outside my window...
cooler today, but some sun poking through the clouds.
On days like this I feel productive :D
Sometimes I wonder how people who live in hot (especially humid) climates get anything done!

someone running a chainsaw.

This little one on a quilt I made last fall :D
Look at her little mohawk!
So adorable.

Every child born into the world is a new thought of God,
an ever fresh and radiant possibility.
- Kate Douglas Wiggin

for my boys to grow in wisdom,
me too!
for our upcoming camping trip (Gunnar, Naomi, Grandpa, and me),
for Wyatt starting classes next week,
and for work to continue to come in for Kerry.

the wildfires seem to have abated,
autumn is my favorite time of year,
I'm enjoying a cup of mint tea,
our flexible schedule and the maturity of the boys allow for
an unusual amount of disruption and traveling this fall,
I have seven wiggly little boys and ONE little girl in my Sunday school class,
the weather is nice enough for Tate to ride his bike to school.

capri jeans, white t-shirt, socks and crocs (my slippers).

back to the grocery store today.
Where does all the milk go???
Does anyone else buy six gallons at a time,
and it still disappears too fast?!

Ralph Moody.

Looking forward to...
camping next week :D
And after that, sprinkling some more fall around the house.
For now, just a few late-summer touches...

In the kitchen...
French Dip sandwiches tonight - yum!

In the learning rooms...
Gunnar is writing summaries
(good practice for him, as his "summaries" tend to be about as long as the original),
learning about absolute/relative humidity,
reviewing the distributive property,
and reading about the landing of the pilgrims.
Tate continues to study chemistry and US government,
and is reading Dan Phillips' The World-Tilting Gospel,
while he keeps up on his Algebra-Geometry-Spanish for the high school.

Around the house...
still waiting on the contractor to come finish the trim on the inside of our new windows...
(his dad died, I know he needs some time.)

The Mother Load...
lots of projects around the yard and exterior of the house to complete before bad weather sets in!
* touch-up painting where Wyatt re-caulked the joints in the hardy-plank
* divide bulbs (iris, montbrecia, etc.)
* final round of weeding
* spread new topsoil
* spread grass seed in a few spots
* start lithodora from cuttings
* haul load to dump (the "Black Forest" corner of the yard is an eyesore!)
* take off window screens, wash and store
* remove screen door
* store bird bath and hoses (so they don't freeze and crack over the winter)

And that's just the outside stuff...
I'll leave the inside chores for later ;D

Noticing that...
my Brenthaven purse I've been carrying for nearly 20 years may be done for.
The zipper on the pocket for cash/change blew out.  Boo-hoo.
Just last month, they closed their store (nearest me) where they would do repairs for free.
Not sure the big Seattle store is likely to honor the original life-time warranty.
I know, first-world problem.

A favorite quote for today...
An old favorite - 

When I do stuff,
stuff gets done.

Profound thoughts, you know?

One of my favorite things...
sheets dried on the line :D

A Bible verse...

Diligent hands will rule,
but laziness ends in forced labor.
Proverbs 12:24

A few plans for the rest of the week...
Monday - school/homeschool, a run to the grocery store
Tuesday - school/homeschool, violin lesson, CAP, craft night at church
Wednesday - school/homeschool
Thursday - school/homeschool, dentist appts for the boys
Friday - no school :D, planning/shopping for camping trip
Saturday - workday at church, potluck/picnic for choir
Sunday - leave for camping :D

A peek into my world...

... cozy :D


Ann said...

Yesterday Olivia said, "I'm cold! I feel energized - like I can actually accomplish something!" :)

Anonymous said...

Wow, I love the painting above your piano! Who's the artist? I also love your quilting. I too dug out my quilts because the nights are getting much cooler, though now it is going to be in the 80's for the rest of the week which means the nights will be warmer. I haven't put away the fans yet :)

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Hi Ruth,
The print above the piano is by Ray Troll, "Fishes of Amazonia". So colorful! You can tell by the photos of my house I occasionally post that I LOVE lots of color :D

Ann - tell Olivia I'm feelin' it!

Sara McD said...

We buy six gallons at a time. We can get away with four if I keep reminding them that they can also drink water.

Herding Grasshoppers said...

I try to "limit" them to milk for two meals a day, but it's hard to say no to MILK.

Sara McD said...

I know, right? (Do you use that expression by you? It means I agree.)

Herding Grasshoppers said...

HA! I don't hear that expression much out here in the west, but I got it :D

Choate Family said...

You can use some of your productivity and yard knowledge to help us whip our yard into good shape down here! We need all the help we can get. Love your quilts, love the pictures on the piano, love your sense of humor ;-)

Joy said...

Gorgeous quilt!!!! "I know, right?" East coast here, we use that phrase constantly. Never occurred to me that it could be regional.... wicked funny. ;)
I buy two half gallons a week... he he he.

Anonymous said...

You don't have to have teen boys to go through lots of milk.. we go through 2-3 gallons/week 'round here.