Hello Ladies!!!! Oh have I missed all y'all while on vacation
I've quickly caught up on the rest of July and now August and wow
we're on into the 2nd day of the month.
First and foremost -
to everyone along with a
for all the icks, UTIs, CPS-drama, bad dreams, lost kitties (plz come back soon!!), broken cars/stranded family and general blah-blahs surrounding our circle these days.
Happy Lammas! We didn't have a formal celebration, but I did plan dinner to be enchiladas (corn, chicken, beef & spicy sauce) to try and encompass the day (fire, corn, harvest etc.)
Vacation was a blast as it was a complete "stay-cation" and I got to hang out with the kids, do some crafts like painting fairy houses for our backyard with glitter, drawing, going to the pool, errands, some yard work, decluttered a bunch and general fixes around the house too.
The garden is exploding with tomatoes, basil, parsley, and lemon balm. It has the look of a "jungle" and the mosquitoes to boot.
This week I'm going to focus on canning a bit - I got some peaches (3 1/2 lbs), cherries (2 1/2 lbs) and maybe try some of the pears from our tree in the back if they ripen ok. I also need to do some chicken stock, black beans, and spaghetti sauce to re-stock our pantry.
I miss the kiddos now being back at work, and I miss my afternoon naps too, but DH reminded me how sweet I have it for work, in terms of how much I actually have to do vs. goof-off time I have during the day for the kind of position I have. Already I'm trying to plot my next vacation, but first I have to put in for my nephew's baptism. I'm going to try and research blessings for kiddos and see if my sister will let me do one for him (in addition to the baptism).
Gifts - I love homemade stuff and this year I need to get cracking as I did a little homemade gift exchange and just figured out what I'm going to send out to people. As for the holidays - my family asks for lists and we have a pre-set budget which we save for during the year. If we can't give - we just say "hey its been a bad year, but here's a card with our love and wishes".
I can't believe its August already! Ok off to catch up on the camp threads & weight loss