Last week …

Mid September already.  Last week…

… we had these faces in our kids… two happy kids.


… we had a few very hot days.  Like a day in mid-summer, with temperature over 90.  Crazy!  So we headed to the beach again, with friends.  Because… we can ditch our plan and enjoy the sun and water one more day.  Because we’ll miss the sun in the days months to come.  I love it that we can do that!


And we are happy that we have friends who are up for ditching (home-) school and go out to play in the river one more time, too.


… on the 12th, last week, it was 10 years since Johnny Cash passed away. With so many great videos online, it’s easy to pass time watching him and listening him sing.  Like this video someone compiled of his TV appearances in the 50’s.  A great one, I think!

… Mark and I went to see a play by Lola Arias, El Año Que Nací (“the Year I was Born.) A first one in a very long time.  It was about Chile, children being born during the Pinochet dictatorship.  I thought it was a very well done play.  A great few hours.

… celebrated a friend’s 12th birthday while my brother was celebrating his 48th, on the other side of the world.  I miss him.  Feliz cumpleaños hermanito!

Photo by my other brother.
Photo by my other brother.

… Siena started with swim practices again, and she’s so excited.  She was ready to get started again.

… we had a bike parade at our block party.

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… Mark raked the leaves from the roof and the ground.  There are signs of autumn here and there.

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… picked the last apples off the tree.

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… I made tomato soup from the garden.

… from the garden also, we picked:

  • 5 cucumbers
  • 2 green bell peppers (not very big ones)
  • 6 delicata squash
  • 4 cups of basil
  • 2 yellow squash
  • 1 3/4 lbs of green beens
  • dried beans
  • 12 3/4 lbs of tomatoes

DSC_0055-smallLook at this 1-pound-tomato Siena found in the garden yesterday!  Waiting for a salad.

… we also canned:

  • 25 quarts of tomatoes.

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… and fermented:

… we dried.  Yes!  After many (many!) years of thinking if we should buy a dehydrator, and which kind, and why, and how, and what would I make, is it worth it… and all those questions that sometimes you can think of, we decided to go ahead and buy a dehydrator. I am so very excited!  Those are great snacks, I tell you!



So this is my new category.  Dried foods:

  • 20 lbs of pears.  It still drying, so I’m almost all done.



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  • 1 lb of peaches.


  • 3 lbs of tiny tomatoes from our garden.

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… Mark had his second week of class with students.  A lot of his classes have over 40 students.  A couple have 47 students.  He doesn’t have enough chairs for everyone.  Crazy!

… we started our official homeschooling days.  And our kids, have plenty of chairs and air to breath… thank goodness.  Just 2 to a ‘teacher’.

… we started our new homeschool routine.  Siena has been so excited for the past few weeks, to start.  We had picked the new theme to center our studies to start this fall.  It’s so much fun.


… we were excited about our new pencils…


I’m not sure we will need all of these pencils.  But it has been the funnest $2 we’ve spent!



… we were excited about our new art and school supplies, in general!

… the kids decided they want to go around the block in their scooters before we start our morning.   Most kids ride the bus, or their bikes, or walk to school.  Why not ride their scooter to start our (home) school!


Happy start of the week to you.  We are excited to be here, right now.



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