School started again today so we all awoke and went our separate ways. A1 began junior high, A2 and A3 returned to their elementary school, the DH went to work and I went to a different elementary school to work in a Kindergarten classroom.
During the past week we kept busy trying to wrap up loose ends from the summer. Everyone had hair cuts, A1 began volleyball tryouts (we find out next week if she makes the team) yard work was attempted (it still looks awful) and harvest began.
a daily gathering
Daily piles of vegetables meant lots of cleaning, cooking, baking and finally, giving away. Probably my one true talent in life is growing zucchini… lots and lots of zucchini.
Tomorrow I’ll post some of my favorite recipes and disguises for this ubiquitous squash. One important note to make for next year is NOT to grow beets. Nobody here likes beets and they prefer spinach to beet greens. Many were sent with my DH to his co-workers. I’m contemplating a yarn dyeing experiment with some of the remaining unappealing tubers.
In the evenings I knitted Christmas presents. This year I started with the men’s socks because they are huge and time consuming. Here are several versions of heavy, wool hiking socks. The first will fit a men’s size 13 EEE shoe. Somewhere there’s a naked sheep.
This pair isn’t nearly as big, being merely a men’s size 10.
Finally, I’ve started a pair of light weight women’s socks for sanity reasons. Women’s socks just feel comfortable and “right” whereas other knitting projects require more attention, regardless of the pattern’s obvious simplicity (see above socks). I’ve no idea why. It makes no sense to me either.
I’d like to say that life here will calm down now, but I know better. I’d also like to claim to be one of those rare individuals who thrive upon chaos, but that would be a gross falsehood. I need, but lack order. My hopes are that we achieve a semi-normal routine ever the next couple of weeks and that everyone will adjust mentally and physically. I’ve been exhausted lately. Time to go squeeze in some blog reading before starting dinner and picking up A1 from practice. Cheers!