Looking ahead

Aside from our chickens, children and our cat, I’m also obsessed with our wildflowers. We have a fair number growing around the homestead. I will often let them be, serving as food for the bees and the butterflies. Sometimes though the right arrangement seems to ask to be brought indoors to brighten up a room. The goldenrod has been blooming for some time now. I think this is the last of it. I think this is the last of the wildflowers until next year.

I realize I never took the time to tell you about our rooster Larry. We liked Larry and when we decided to end the lives of our other roosters, we kept Larry. Everything was going along just fine until the day I wore my long flowered skirt to the coop. I don’t know what he saw in me, but whatever it was he didn’t care for it. He attacked me and wouldn’t stop until Jeff intervened and let me sneak away. From that point on he jumped at me every time he saw me. It made me nervous and angry. I didn’t want to live in fear of our chickens. It was clear to me that Larry had to go. I didn’t want to have to kill him but I tried to get my nerve up to do it. In the mean time, I put an ad on Craigslist offering our dear rooster for free. As luck would have it, a woman who lives on a farm down the road called right away and wanted to come and scoop up Larry for her farm. Wonderful! Now Larry is living a nice life somewhere else. Everyone is happy.

Happening here now:

Unwinding after a wonderful weekend relaxing as a family in the Adirondacks, playing with friends over a picnic dinner and late outdoor evening; working in the kitchen freezing corn just like my grandma taught me so many years ago; planting new seeds in our garden; harvesting tomatoes and turning them into dinner; making new pictures with sidewalk chalk; riding bikes (without training wheels!!!) with daddy; checking beehives for honey production (and getting stung).

Mapping out our family trips for the next 10 Wednesdays where we will explore a new-to-us local museum and town every week;

Looking ahead to our Family Virtues Project;

and taking part in the Heifer Read to Feed project with homeschooling friends;

all of this while we watch the days grow shorter and we savor these final days of summer.

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