Category Archives: Life

Summer Beauty

We are still cramming in the Summer Fun. The girls go back to school very very soon. Like a few days, soon.

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Before the endless rain begins, we are outside in the sunshine at the park or the beach. Enjoying all the beautiful sounds and sights of this season.

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I do love the Fall, as well, but I want to savor this time before the crazy schedules and school takes over our lives.

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It always feels like it isn’t enough time to dig our toes into the sand and to watch the rippling water. Really I could do that every day without growing tired of it.

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We are taking one day at a time, slowly, as we prepare for the next part of our year.

Have your kids stared back to school? What are you doing to enjoy these days?

Wordless{ish} Wednesday: Link Party

::Wordless{ish} Wednesday is when I share a wordless image (or at least I try to make it wordless) with you, and now you can link up your image too! Click on the link below to show off your photo this week::

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If you haven’t checked out my FLIP, then head over here to see it!

Now it is YOUR turn!


Day at the Fair

I wasn’t kidding about cramming in as much Summer fun as we can. Yesterday, a friend of mine asked if we wanted to go to the County Fair. Falafel and I were game, while Jim and The Bee were working.

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We had a blast!

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Be prepared for photo overload. After all, there’s lots to see at the fair.

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This wasn’t even all we saw! Add in a hypnotist, chickens, horses, bunnies, cats and dogs, archery, carnival games and food, exotic birds, plus the multitude of humans of all kinds. The camel ride was, by far, Falafel’s favorite thing, though.

That child is so stoic and unmoved, usually. That camel brought the happy, for sure!

What are you doing with the rest of your Summer?

Squeezin’ the Beachin’

OK, we are officially days away from the start of school, so let the cramming in the Summer fun begin!

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We didn’t have to travel far (uh just about 5 minutes down the road) to find some sun and sand. And I always ask myself, “Why aren’t we doing this all the time?”.

*sigh*

Off to register my HIGH SCHOOLER in HIGH SCHOOL today. Sheesh. That is why. Life.

But we will fit in moments like these when and where we can, because they are so needed.

What are you squeaking in this week?

Wordless{ish} Wednesday: The After photo AND a link party!

::Wordless{ish} Wednesday is when I share a wordless image (or at least I try to make it wordless) with you, and now you can link up your image too! Click on the link below to show off your photo this week::

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You can see the “Before” photo here.

Now it’s YOUR turn! What have you been up to this week?


A Cleaning Experiment

We cook a lot.

I clean a lot, as well, but the deep cleaning stuff (ie: the oven and stove and under the fridge) just doesn’t happen as often as I would like. So when I find a new method of making my life easier in that capacity, I jump on it.

These are our stove top burner covers.

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I have tried to scrub these using vinegar and baking soda before, but that never truly got them clean. I read, the other night, about using a drop of ammonia in a ziplock baggie and leaving them over night to clean them.

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Close-up. Ew.

Wish me luck.

Wordless {ish} Wednesday: Link Party is back

::Wordless{ish} Wednesday is when I share a wordless image (or at least I try to make it wordless) with you, and now you can link up your image too! Click on the link below to show off your photo this week::

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We are swimming in blackberries, over here. It is bliss.

What is happening in your part of the world?


Summer Bounty

We are enjoying the bounty of other people’s gardens, right now.

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Benefiting from the work of others.

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One of our friends gave us a beautiful zucchini, which we promtly made into GF and EF chocolate chip zucchini bread (and ate it just as fast). And the one in the photo was given to us by another.

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Fresh lettuce at every meal has also been wonderful!

We have been talking about starting a garden of our own, next year! We found the perfect spot, but were wondering what type of wood to use for the raised beds? I have read to stay away from pressure treated wood. Any suggestions?

Do you have a garden? What is it planted in?

The Bee’s living art

The Bee asked me to photograph her as “living art”. She painted half her face and one arm, and posed different ways.

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She has done a few paintings and drawings that look like this, and she decided that it would be interesting to try and recreate that in real life.

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After I took these photos she said “WOW I am so white!“. Ha! She does look incredibly pale even for a person of the PNW. My pasty redhead.

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I really loved this idea. I am encouraging her to find her voice as an artist. I think she is well on her way.

Preparing to age…with bubbles

This house is full of busy people preparing to celebrate another trip around that ol’ fireball in the sky.

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And of course there will be bubbles.

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