As Norah and I were walking through the backyard this morning, she pointed to the ground and excitedly said, “Look, a mommy long leg!”
I’ve said it before, and I will say it again, I can’t imagine many things being better than to discover the world through the eyes of very small children. Bob and I took Norah and Eric for a ride in their wagon this morning. I absolutely love it when Norah says, “Do you hear that? The birds are chirping.” Or that the dogs are barking or asks if we see the cars and the big truck. She will point things out in the yards of neighbors. After we got back from our walk/ride we took our usual walk to the front yard where Norah loves to explore. Soon it was lunch time and as we began our journey toward the door, Norah and I stopped to look up at the trees and searched for the birds and squirrels that were hiding. It was so cool to watch her as she heard all the different bird sounds and she whispers, “Shh..what’s that? Did you hear that, Grandma?” I love watching her explore and discover.
Earlier this evening at “tea time” I offered the kids a snack. I was in the dining room with Eric in his high chair. I called to Norah, who was in the living room, and I asked her if she wanted a muffin. She called back to me, “No, I reading my book.” (she’s 2)
Today I taught the kids all about taking a crunchy leaf walk. We found some crunchy leaves and enjoyed the crunch and crackle as we walked on them.
THE WHITE-TAILED DEER
BY THE COVER OF DARKNESS THEY DO ROAM
AND COME WITHIN 1O FEET OF OUR HOME
FROM OUR PORCH WE CAN WATCH
THE WHITE-TAILED DEER AS THEY NOSH
THEIR SILHOUTTE MOVES WITH GRACE
AS THEY MOVE TO THE NEXT SAFE PLACE
THEY ARE ALWAYS WATCHING AND STAY ALERT
IF DANGER COMES THEIR FOOD THEY MUST DESERT
AFTER THEIR MEAL THEY HIDE IN THE WOODS
AND NO CORN IS LEFT IN THE PLACE WHERE THEY STOOD
BY THE COVER OF DARKNESS THEY DO ROAM
AND COME WITHIN 10 FEET OF OUR HOME
Well, the temps are still summer-like, but summer is winding down for me now. It’s September already and school starts on Tuesday. Bob and I have had moderate success with our garden, but, our cucumbers have done especially well. We had a lot of them and they were huge. The problem is there are only 2 of us and we can’t possibly eat that many cucumbers before they spoil. So, I had to get creative and think of what to do with all of those cucumbers. We gave some away. And, we did eat as many as possible. I made several cucumber/tomato salads with our fresh tomatoes. I made cucumber sandwiches–a traditional tea sandwich. I made cucumber/dill veggie dip. I used the cucumbers on a veggie platter and in tossed salads. I made cucumber/carrot slaw. I made about 3 quarts of pickles. I made veggie/fruit juice with cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, celery, an orange, and seasonings. I made a cucumber face mask. And nothing’s more refreshing than cucumber slices for puffy eyes. And, I found a recipe for cucumber spa water. Next up: cucumber face wash. Anybody up for cucumber bowling?
On weekends, I love the early part of the day between 5 a.m. and maybe 8 a.m. or so. Before we humans start in on our necessary but noisy activities. It’s quiet out here where we live. The main road is walking distance to us and we can hear the car noises, but yet, it can still be very quiet and peaceful here. I can hear the birds chirping and singing and the squirrels with their sort of chattering that they do. Most of the time, I am up at 5 a.m. on weekends because after more than 30 years of working and getting up early, my body just won’t let me sleep much later. When I am awake at 5 on the weekends, I love to listen to the transition sounds, the start of the birds chirping and the tail end of the crickets and other night sounds. There are certain things I love to do at this time of day such as baking fresh biscuits or cinnamon rolls. Or maybe just make a cup of tea and sit near a window to watch the sunrise and the animals start their day. Sometimes that early part of the day is my only chance to read or work on a crochet project. These are the things I wouldn’t do if I slept later. I would scarcely notice the sunrise or animals because I would be into my day and I’d be rushing to get laundry started and while the washer was running I’d be straightening the house and trying to do a thousand things at once. When I sleep later, usually after being up later the night before, I wake up in “late” mode and feel as if I need to dive right into housework and the “have to dos.” When I get up early, it seems to set the tone for the rest of the day. I get all the housework done, but I don’t feel as though I’m in “late” mode and I’m more relaxed as I work through my “to do” list. At the end of the day, I love to sit on the porch swing and watch the transition from day to night. As it gets dark, I hear the cheerful chirping give way to the crickets and other night noises and soon my day will be done, too.