Friday, August 29, 2008

Tomato Harvest

These are the tomatoes I picked today. There are about this many still green beauties hanging in waiting on the plants. Labor day weekend will be filled with tomato labor love--yummy gazpacho and freezing, since I don't know how to can. All this from only 4 plants. Amazing!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Let the Games Begin

The 2008 Olympics may be ending tonight, but the real games are starting tomorrow. It's the first day of school! at least for most public schools around here. Though I'm not teaching anymore, my life still has a drastic shift with the beginning of the school year. Therapy schedules change, needs change with the added stress of school. Tutoring starts and my work load just about doubles. The first student will be knocking on the door on Tuesday. I'm excited, and nervous, about all of it coming together. There is something so magical about the end of summer, the beginning of so many new things, so many possibilities, a new school year stretched out in front of me. For all you who still follow the school year calendar, here's to a great year!!!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Cooper's Idea of Heaven

While we were in Michigan a couple weeks ago we went on a great little train ride. We spent most of our time in Michigan at my parents' house near Grayling, Michigan. The train was pretty incredible. It started as the man's "hobby" and now is a tiny, quaint "Up North" tourist attraction. Cooper, who is mildly obsessed with trains, loved every minute of the ride.

Ticket ready, all aboard!!!

Everything is better with popcorn


Wednesday, August 20, 2008

What I Learned Today

I am way too impatient to grow carrots.


Even if you put a bumper sticker on your car that says "Be Patient, Be Forgiving, Be Nice to Each Other, Have Self Control, Be Slow to Anger" your kids will still yell and scream at each other (as I witnessed in a minivan at Staples filled with a very loud family post school supply shopping).

When I forget to think about dinner until 5:00pm I can still pull off something delicious, and good for us, supplied mostly by our garden...pasta with sauteed chard, tomatoes, basil, garlic and onions. But, I also learned that Cooper won't eat that so plain buttered noodles and parm. work for him.

Drag queens on Project Runway is an excellent idea!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Breaking the Silence

My theory is if I can just do that I can get back to blogging. I have lots of thoughts and happenings stewing around my brain. So here's to getting back on track!