If We Were Having Coffee and Being Crafty …

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Welcome! Thanks for coming over to have coffee with me this morning. We have coffee or fresh mint tea (being fresh, though, it takes a very long time to steep). If you would like tea, we would wander out to my garden to pick it. I would excitedly show you my tomatoes and my mint. We are still getting salad out of the garden most days, but the pickings are getting thin and I don’t think we will have it much longer. The rabbits don’t help with that, either.

Green Tomato

I have a tomato growing! I’ve even seen a couple more since this one was picked.

Since we were already in the back yard, I would show you my new garden plot on the other side of the house. The cucumbers are becoming vines and I’m trying to train them against the back fence. My cilantro is growing out of control. I have a couple sunflowers coming up, but they’re not doing as well as I had hoped.

Okra, Cucumber vine, and Cilantro

Okra, Cucumber and Cilantro. This was taken a few days ago and the cilantro is much bigger now!

If we were having coffee this morning, I would ask how you are surviving summer vacation. The boys had their first week of summer vacation, which we survived mostly intact. It helped  that we kept busy! The boys did very well on the NAMI walk last Saturday. Picasso was upset that we took the shorter walk, but Cassatt was tired from running around before the walk, and we didn’t want to have to carry him.

Some moms are OK lounging in their pajamas every day, but I made sure we got out of the house. I go stir-crazy being home all day! We went to the library a couple times, to the Magic House (Children’s Museum) and the Botanical Garden.

At the Magic House

In a Bubble At the Magic House

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Picasso at the Magic House

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Picasso at the Botanical Garden

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Cassatt at the Botanical Garden

Hubby took off work on Friday and we went to the zoo to see the new polar bear, Kali.

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If we were having coffee (or tea) I would tell you that in my busyness, I haven’t had much time to update my blog. I would like to do a goals post and a garden update each week, and I didn’t get to either this week. A lot of that is because of summer vacation, but I have also been busy with CHADD. Since the grant is approved, I am now trying to find a location for our teacher seminar. We also had a meeting this week that went very well, with a neuropsychologist speaking.

If we were having coffee I would also tell you I have been very crafty this week. I finished knitting a hat that I had set aside for a while, and I made two marble mazes for the boys. I am trying to gather activities for them to do in the car on vacation, since we will be more than 3 days in the car each way.Hat and Marble Mazes

 

I am looking forward to having more “free” time next week, as the boys will be in Vacation Bible School. It will be filled up quickly, though!

How are you managing summer vacation, if that is part of your life right now? Do you have any projects you are working on?

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20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Corina
    Jun 06, 2015 @ 20:19:11

    I’m glad you’ve had a busy but fun week. Outings with the boys; gardening; crafts! Wow! Sounds like a super week!

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  2. somemaid
    Jun 06, 2015 @ 20:42:35

    School holidays haven’t started here yet, and won’t until mid July. But I have nearly reclaimed my weekends for the first time in years. I’m hoping to get a bit crafty myself as things settle down. Thanks for the tea, I’d love to grow tomatoes.

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  3. Claudia H. Blanton
    Jun 07, 2015 @ 14:22:23

    oh, your tomatoes look wonderful! I have not had a chance to tend a garden since we moved here, and were we are moving to now will also not give me time or space to do so. So I am just going to savor your pictures!
    I homeschool, so we don’t do summer vacation, but hang in there! I am not even sure when the school lets out for summer here, usually I keep up with that, Have a wonderful week!

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    • Sarah
      Jun 08, 2015 @ 11:21:43

      Thank you! Even if you don’t have land for a garden, you can do something in pots. I have done vegetables in containers before, and they produce well! (Right now my pots are full of flowers, and they are going crazy.) Make it part of your homeschool curriculum!

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  4. A.J. Goode
    Jun 07, 2015 @ 14:43:00

    Those marble mazes are so clever! I wish I’d known about those when my kids were little.

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  5. Vagrant Rhodia
    Jun 07, 2015 @ 15:45:55

    Thank you for giving me a tour of your beautiful garden 😀 Hope you have a good rest of your weekend!

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  6. Diana
    Jun 07, 2015 @ 17:35:42

    We’re just starting the school holidays, and for the first time in a long time, I’m not on the school calendar myself. I generally taught online classes in the summer, but that meant I was home all time time anyway. This year I’m working all summer, and it’s a big adjustment!

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  7. eclecticalli
    Jun 07, 2015 @ 17:47:22

    All around me people are getting into the Summer Vacation mindset.. for me it mostly means things are a little less busy at work, and my bus commute is a little less busy (no high-school kids and people taking vacations!)
    I remember when I was little our summers would be full of activities, going places and doing things, but also plenty of “down time” where we would play in the yard and come up with our own creative activities. What fun 🙂

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  8. Ula
    Jun 07, 2015 @ 19:37:44

    Your garden is lovely. I’m jealous of your cilantro overgrowth. It is such a rare commodity here that I buy all that is available at the store when I find some. I wish I had a garden. The mint tea sounds great – I’m a big fan.
    School lets out quite early. I still have a few weeks of normalcy and regular working hours. Although I am looking forward to spending some time with my son.
    BTW, are those your sons’ real names? Either way, very creative.

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    • Sarah
      Jun 08, 2015 @ 11:32:08

      Thank you! Cilantro is easy to grow, and I have grown it in pots before. If you can’t find it often, it might be worth it to try to grow some.
      Those are not my sons’ real names, but thank you!

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  9. Barbara In Caneyhead
    Jun 07, 2015 @ 20:58:38

    My summer vacation is stolen evenings in the pool watching the stars. Lazy Saturdays and an occasional fire outside with friends and family. I’d say to shoot the rabbit and smoother fry it in gravy, but it’s a wrong month to do so. Next year, clear out the rabbits in April. #WeekendCoffeeShare at Life & Faith in Caneyhead.

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