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As Labor Day quickly approaches this coming weekend, we are starting to see some subtle changes occuring. The most significant are the evenings starting to have a greater cool down, followed by the mornings that have a mild chill to them. In addition, leaves are ever so slightly starting to change colors. Another sure sign that summer is almost over is kids being back in school. My nephew Alec, went back to college last week to get settled in before classes officially started yesterday. We went to visit a couple weeks ago for another family get together before his departure.
This past weekend found us with a house full of Bret’s family for a few days. An incredibly perfect weather weekend made it a great setting for some outdoor activities. We started with grilling and a bonfire on a clear star filled night allowing us to relax and catch up with each other. The next day we all attended a local finals sporting event that was followed that evening by an outdoor summer concert at another local venue. Our last day together, started out with breakfast together, followed by a leisurely walk on the almost 2 mile trail through the woods on our property. Though a short visit this time, plans are already in the works for another visit in late October.
The garden that we held out little hope for just a few months ago is flourishing. We harvested a batch of basil to make the much awaited pesto that is always a tasty treat. Cucumbers and zucchinis have also been harevested. Tomatoes though plentiful are not quite ready for harvest yet due to their late start. We look forward to an earlier start next year with a greater variety of vegetables. The garden fence is not yet completed due to some heavy rains we had gotten when we did have time to work on it. We do expect to have this completed soon, ready for many years of gardening ahead.
Something new we grew this year was Job’s Tears. It is an ornamental grass that I just learned of last year at our local Famers Market. As it grows, it produces beads that can be harvested and used as grain, as well as to make jewelry and rosaries. My initial plan was to dry them to use as beads and learn how to make rosaries. I would then sell these as part of the fundraiser at our Church’s annual Fall Festival. This will have to be for next years festival however, since this years festival is quickly approaching. In the meantime, we are enjoying it as part of our landscaping, as the beads add a unique visual aspect to this ornamnetal grass. I will also be interesting though to experiment with the different possible uses for the beads.
Shirley and Betty are well, continuing to exhaust themselves playing and running, especially outdoors, by the end of the day ready to just relax and recharge. On those extra busy days or weekends like this past one when we had house guests, they were especially “lazy” on Monday needing some additional recharge time. No worries though, by Tuesday they were full of energy again and ready to go.