28 August 2012

It's That Time of Year

We packed up and drove our youngest daughter to college in New York.

(This was temporary - we didn't drive the whole way like that!)

The drive there was uneventful, the dorm move-in smooth, and her roommate is lovely. We got there on a Wednesday and were told to leave campus (and town) by noon on Friday. But we've never been great at following directions. We stayed til Sunday.

No worries, we stayed in a hotel and stayed out of her way, for the most part. We visited with local friends, took her shopping, and on the last day, took her to church (as one friend said, we wanted to make sure she went at least once).

And I'm glad we broke the rules. She was still very wound up and nervous on Friday. It would have been a painful goodbye... for all of us. But by Sunday, she had found a little group of friends and was feeling good about it all. She even said on Sunday morning, "Mom, this already feels like home." It was much easier to drive away after hearing those words!

The only glitch? The air conditioner in our car went out while we were there, so it was a long, HOT drive home. It was in the 90s when we left, so the first half of the trip was uncomfortable, to say the least. But we survived. Now we are home, the car is in the shop, our daughter is happy in New York and it is in the 60s and raining in Maine. I guess you could say it's the way life should be. :)

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19 August 2012


It's a bit skimpy this year.

We planted our garden in early May, nearly a month earlier than usual. We thought ~ "Oh, the harvest we'll have!" Yet, it's been disappointing. It's been a bit wetter than normal, but not like a few years ago when we got NO sun until August. We've had plenty of sunshine and still - the tomatoes are puny and few.

Next year I think I'm going to finally do what I always SAY I'm going to do - buy a share at a local organic farm. Our yard/soil has always been the black hole of death, so why do we keep pouring money, time, and water into something that yields so little?

"Because it's fun," says my husband.

Yeah. Woo hoo.

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18 August 2012


Last week we celebrated ~

Notice what the shirt says? Yeah, I didn't even plan that.

The next night, we went out to Texas Roadhouse for steaks, and after two margaritas, he gladly got on the birthday saddle and yelled "Yeehaw!"

I'm not allowed to post THAT photo.

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15 August 2012

Fishing Spider

It's hard to tell from the photo how big this spider actually is.

We saw it at the lake, along with several of its only slightly smaller friends. It was frighteningly big. The leg span was at least three inches.

Thankfully, we only saw these guys at water's edge, on the rocks, and under the dock. Of course after seeing them, I no longer visited the dock at night, but at least they weren't in the cottage.

I don't know why it is, but just looking at this photo once more causes a very distinct physical reaction in me. Goose bumps, shuddering, and that feeling of panic.

No, I'm not ashamed to admit I'm terrified of spiders. I wish I wasn't and I think it's stupid, but well... there it is.

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07 August 2012

Vacation's End

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04 August 2012


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03 August 2012


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02 August 2012


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01 August 2012

On the Lake


... and Evening.

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