Thursday, August 31, 2017

Grasshopper Days - the Extended, Summer Version...

Grasshopper Days

For today, Thursday, August 31, 2017
Yes, yes, I know.
Apparently July AND August were unscheduled bloggy breaks.
That's fine.
It's summer - what can I say?
When you live where it rains nine months of the year,
you tend to take advantage of the non-rainy (i.e. sunny!) weeks.

But there are photos,
so that makes it all better.

As our family grows older and in number, we've tended to group birthdays together rather than try to celebrate them all individually.  That meant for July and August, we had Wyatt, my cousin's husband Mike, and Kerry :D

Wyatt's gift from Aunty Tami... in a Victoria's Secret bag??? (It was a gift card.  Not to V.S.)
Mike thinks it's hilarious.

The pictures are in no particular order.  There were barbecued elk burgers, there were gifts, there was swimming.  It was fabulous.

Yes.  They're all that and a bag of chips.

One thing to notice in those photos is the lovely clear blue sky.
That was before Canada shared all its smoke with us.

Outside my window...
today is clear and gloriously NOT as hot as we've had lately.
I'm about to put the third load of laundry on the line :D

Gunnar finished part of his homeschool work and I've dispatched him onto some chores.
You can imagine how happy he is about THAT.

this is a new season of life...
Wyatt has a f/t job.
Tate has a f/t job (for two more weeks, then back to school.)
Gunnar is going p/t to the high school, but the schedule is weird.
He goes every-other-day, ALL day.
So half the time,
I have a 

It's amazing.

Just a few days AFTER the birthday bash, we had some friends to the lake.
Notice the change in conditions.
I didn't take many photos.

Praying, and Thankful...
the biggest thing on my radar lately is my dad,
who had open heart surgery earlier this month.
(Aortic aneurysm and a leaky valve.)
And, apparently, the "glowing ear upgrade".
(Because he kept taking the pulse oximeter off his finger.)

We're all thankful the surgery was successful :D

The ticket to going home is WALKING.

Everyone looks better in their own clothes.

And their own car!  Headed home!

It's going to be a long process to full recovery,
but this is from earlier this week, after seeing the surgeon for a post-op,
and being told he's doing WONDERFULLY.

Aren't they cute?

So yah, that has occupied much of my attention lately!

We're so thankful for how great he's doing.
God is faithful :D

off to school!
Gunnar's first day back.

Note the violin, because orchestra :D

just finished some "fun reading" -
The Book Thief,
Debt of Honor,
Look Me In The Eye.

Looking forward to...
how about looking back?
We had a great annual neighborhood potluck-picnic :D

Fun for all ages :D

We're expecting a new neighbor any day ;D

Ralph and "Queen" Bea behind Kerry

Nate is adorable :D

In the kitchen...
I am really looking forward to some cooler weather,
because I am NOT very motivated to cook when it's hot!

In the learning room...
Gunnar is basically homeschooling two days a week.
We just finished reviewing and testing on the latest chapter of his government course,
and still need to discuss some of his reading.

Around the house...
maybe today... maybe TODAY I'll get some good pictures.
We got the house painted this summer (finally! much needed!)
but I was waiting for the smoke to dissipate to get good photos!

Noticing that...
we had a sad day last week.
Tate's geriatric and much-loved rabbit died one night.
He kind or knew it was coming, but still...
it was a sad day.

Something to remember for later...
Tate just kills me.

He often helps take the offering at church,
taking the basket around to the overflow rooms.
We have a real joker at our chapel named Harry,
who usually sits there.
Tate and Harry have history.
When Harry doesn't put anything in the basket,
Tate holds it out again and says,
"Harry.  The teeth.  Your gold teeth."
(He has a row of them in the front.)

The pastor heard about it from his daughter.
He thinks it's HILARIOUS.

The Mother Load...
I've gotten almost all the little naggy things taken care of.
Now for the larger projects...

Something fun to share...
with Gunnar's school schedule,
we usually have time to walk together in the morning.

And what a beautiful, misty morning we had earlier this week! 

A favorite quote for the day...
I'm reverting to one of my classics.
(Good motivation for September, right?)

When I do stuff,
stuff gets done.

Deep wisdom, right?

A few plans for the rest of the week...
well, there isn't much week left!
I'm having dinner with my folks tonight, because Kerry and the boys are having a men's thing here.
And because the Seahawks are on ;D
(They have channels.  We don't.)

And plans???

I plan to blog more often :D

A peak into my world...

my little cel phone camera doesn't do it justice,
but we had a gorgeous sunset view of Mt. Baker on Sunday.


melanie said...

Greetings! :D
Blogging is a lost art at my house. Meanwhile, facebook... [eyes roll]
Glad you are still posting! And that your dad is having a great recovery from major surgery.

Monica said...

OH how I have missed you my friend! But I see you have been busy doing some fun and not so fun but important things!
Yes, it does feel strange when the home starts to change. On Tuesday our home will be down to hubby, grandma, and me. Talk about weird!
Looking forward to seeing you home painted... Did you stay with that beautiful blue? Our home recently unwent a facelift of sorts. I'll be sharing finished pictures next week I hope.
Hope you have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!