If we could squeeze in coffee this weekend …

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I don’t know how I am finding time to write this post this weekend, except that a friend says she misses my writing so I’ll take a few stream-of-consciousness minutes here.

Next week is Vacation Bible School, and I got roped into being co-coordinator this year. I’m actually not doing all that much, but I think it means I’ll be doing a ton next year. Right now that’s a long way off so I don’t mind, or at least I’m not using brain space to think about that. I’ll be at church all afternoon tomorrow and all this week and next weekend. I should have been there all day today, too, but …

MOPS had our annual planning retreat this weekend. Although I think we should call it something other than a “retreat”–that word to me signals something relaxing, almost a vacation. Our MOPS retreat is 10 hours of planning for the upcoming MOPS year. It is nice to get it all planned out, but goodness I’m tired by the end of it! (MOPS, by the way, stands for Mothers of Preschoolers. It’s a Christian organization that supports moms of young kids. We meet twice a month through the school year, so that’s a lot of planning!)

Since it’s the weekend, I’m not doing anything for CHADD. We got the room finalized for the evening presentation, now I’m trying to get it finalized for the full-day presentation and get a contract for the room. Once I get that contract, we can start marketing, but getting that is proving to be much more difficult than I had thought! I’m in a waiting game for that right now, hopefully that will be finalized next week.

On top of all of that, I have a contract to write an article. Yay! I’m very excited about this–my first real freelance job. But the deadline is Wednesday.

My garden is bursting with cucumbers, more than we can eat. I picked my first tomato from the garden yesterday! It was delicious. I don’t think I’ll get a huge tomato crop, which is disappointing. Peaches are getting into season though, so I’ll get some of those to can soon!

Have a great week!


If We Were Having Coffee Under the Dragon …

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Picasso got up to see the sunrise this morning. He said it looks like a dragon.

Thanks for joining me this early morning. The coffee is brewed, grab a cup and sit down. I would have made muffins this morning, but we’re out of flour, so grab some virtual coffee cake instead.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I’ve had a busy week. We’re trying to book a venue for the Parent Training seminar, and I was making a million phone calls. Then we decided on a space, and the phone calls suddenly stopped. I’m waiting for them to call me to finalize the details. It’s Saturday now, though, so nothing’s going to happen with that until Monday.

Did I mention how much fun it is to be making phone calls with kids in the house? Yesterday I ended up locked in the bedroom with them pounding on the door. But that’s better than the screaming I got the other day right after I said “hello”. That doesn’t do much for my professional appearance …

In the middle of all this, I had a very exciting e-mail this week. I had applied for a job as a social media editor. The rejection letter said they would like my voice in their publication and invited me to pitch some articles. So I pitched three articles yesterday, we’ll see where they go.

If we were having coffee, I’d have to brag about my garden. I trimmed back the overgrowth from vacation, and re-discovered my tomato plant. No ripe tomatoes yet, but I’m getting plenty of green ones. I do have a ton of cucumbers now. If we were having coffee, I’d send you home with one or two. I may make pickles today. We have two okra pods; I’m waiting to pick them until we have enough to do something with. (What do you do with one pod of okra?) I am enjoying their flowers though.

Okra Flower

The photo doesn’t do it justice.

The boys have done a lot of building this week — with Legos, the Erector Set (they make them in plastic now), and Tinker Toys. They can sit for hoursĀ building. We stayed home for the most part this week, but went to Grant’s Farm yesterday. They had a great time riding the tram, looking at the animals, and feeding the goats.

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Now it’s my turn to listen to you. How has your week been?



If We Were Having Coffee on the Fourth

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If we were having Coffee this Fourth of July, I would admit I’m not feeling very patriotic today.

I’m not anti-patriotic. It’s just that we returned home from vacation yesterday, and I have a long list of things to do. Enough so that I’m fantasizing about staying home to do laundry rather than go to the parade.

We were gone for a little over two weeks, and almost half of that was driving. We drove to New Mexico, a trip of over a thousand miles. We could do it in two days, but we took three so we could see dinosaurs.

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We had a great time in New Mexico, and saw both Las Cruces and Santa Fe. In Las Cruces, we loved the Farm and Ranch museum, where Picasso got to take a cooking class. We enjoyed downtown Santa Fe. I love how walkable it is!

On the way home we visited some fantastic playgrounds.

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I would love to tell you more about our trip, and hopefully I’ll get to that soon, but I have get back to the laundry and get ready for that parade.

Happy Fourth of July!

Cucumber Takeover

We got back from vacation in which we avoided 2 weeks of near-constant rain. My garden (and the weeds) loved it!

The cucumber has taken over the side plot. I can’t even find my tomatoes!


They're hidden in here somewhere. That's Cassatt standing behind the cucumber vine.

A friend was going to water and harvest while we were gone. She didn’t need to water.


Resulting cucumber

I guess I have my garden work ready for me!

What’s on my menu?

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