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08/14

I’m having heart palpitations. The end of summer is nearing…with each passing moment. As I type this, there are approximately 5760 minutes left before I return to school and teaching. That sounds like a lot….but it’s only 4 days.

I always have great expectations for summer and all the things I’m going to do/accomplish with my time off. This year, I did many things, but many are also left undone. Mostly the “chore” types are left on my list….like cleaning out and organizing Kole’s room, the garage, the basement, etc. Who wants to do that when it is pretty outside?!? Apparently not me, because they didn’t get checked off. I feel this sense of urgency to get it all done in the next few days.

Probably won’t happen. And I’m trying to come to terms with it=). I think I’d rather just play with the time we have left.

Speaking of play, my parents and I travelled to LeTart, Ohio to pick some tomatoes this week (our plants got a blight and we had none to can!). It was a fun and HOT day picking and travelling.

 We brought home 6 bushels of tomatoes, some corn, cantaloupe, and peppers. I spent the afternoon yesterday at their house helping process the tomatoes and we are going to finish up today. It is a BIG job! I’m so glad that we are doing it together, otherwise I would never have finished before school starts.

I plan on freezing the bell peppers to use in stir fry and stuffed peppers this winter….yum yum. The corn we will probably eat fresh. I know what I’m having for lunch today! Ronan will eat the cantaloupe. Serious. He will eat it all in just a few days. That boy loves melons.

Tonight is open house for Kole’s new middle school….yep he’s going into 5th grade. I can’t believe he is so big! More reasons for heart palpitations. Kole has also started football, and let me tell you, it is time consuming. He really enjoys it (well most of it, not the bruises), so I’m happy to spend the time at practices and games. Its been a little hard with a toddler in tow, but I’ve been super blessed by awesome inlaws who come and relieve me half way through practice (when Z is working late) so I can put R down to bed at a decent hour. Our team is young and small this year, so it will be interesting to see how these 5th graders play against the 7th grade teams. I don’t care if we never win a game, just praying that we don’t break any bones.

In other news: My aprons got accepted into the Lost River Artisan Co-op in Mathias, WV!! I’m super excited to be a part of this lovely, well designed shop that is close to DC. Hopefully, my things do well there=). If not, I can at least add a juried shop to my resume. I’ve also signed up for a vending opportunity this coming Sunday in Fairmont, WV. The Tomato Tasting Festival is a fun event that offers classes and tastings along with local vendors and activities. I’ve never done this show before, so I’m hoping that my harvest aprons do well, and I make some sales. This is the first show that I’ve ever done that is outside, so I’ll be using my tent and have a much large space to display in. I’ve set up in the backyard to try and figure out where I’ll put things, but mostly, I’m just gonna wing it. I’m good at winging it=).  Leave it to me to schedule a show the DAY before I go back to work!!! I do love participating in craft shows though, so it is worth it.

So there you have it folks. My heart palpitations all wrapped up into one nice little blog post. Say a little prayer for me as I head back into full time working mode. Also, while you’re talking to the Big Guy, please lift up one of my dearest and best friends, Brandy. She was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, and just got some news that the tumors are larger than they originally thought. That puts her at a stage 3. She has two young boys and I know she’s gonna fight this so hard for them. Pray for her healing, if you would please.

Much love to you my friends!


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