Harvest or Fall?

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     In my neck of the woods, harvest is in full swing.  The dairy farmers are harvesting their corn for silage.  The wineries have been picking grapes for three weeks now, and that will continue for several more weeks.  The last of the hay is being cut, too.  With all that harvesting, one would think that it was fall; but I assure you, we are still in the midst of summer!  Temperatures are still flirting with the century mark every day, though we’ve been under 100° all week.  Yesterday was 99°, today’s high will be similar.  I’ve been enjoying my visits to other gal’s blogs and seeing the lovely autumn decorating that’s going on.  Autumn is my favorite season, and has been for many years; but we are waiting until the season officially arrives.  Afterall, we’re still using our pool on a regular basis!

 

 

 

 

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     Someone, who shall remain nameless, left the gate unlocked from the goat yard into our side yard.  My lantana has been “trimmed” to the nubs,…………….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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      ………..and my dahlias, my beautiful, lovely dahlias, are nothing but chewed stems! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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     None of the goats were caught in the act, but we know they are guilty.  Nubian goats are very intelligent creatures.  Remind me some time to tell you about this big fella using a key to get into the feed barn!  Just look at his face!!  IT has guilt written all over it!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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      “I didn’t do it.  It was that goat over there.  The one out grazing so non-chalantly on the grass.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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     Hey, Gigi!  Yeah, tubby, I’m talking to you.  Did you eat the flowers?  You need to cut back on those after alfalfa treats, you beautiful thing you. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

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     And so, my good man, we are back to you.  Yep, that is definitely a guilty face.

 

 

 

 

 

 

     The goats are so smart that, fearing I’d do a breath check to see who it was that ate the lantana and dahlias, they freshened their breath by eating most of my parsley as well!  sigh…………perhaps they were just overtaken by the spirit of harvest that surrounds them.  Or, maybe, they are feeling the effect of sleep deprivation.  After all, their sleep is disturbed night after night by the huge grape pickers travelling down our country road, and there is no napping during the day with combines and grape bins parading up and down the road. 

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     My husband blessed me this week by dismantling the old desktop computer that we’ve had on a table in the school room for the last few years.  The boys used that computer for any computer-related school work, and for their computer games.  It was nice to have the second computer for them to use; but the three adults in this family all have laptops now, and we rarely use the main desk top computer.  The boys programs were transferred to our main desktop computer, the hard drive of the second computer was wiped clean and it was dismantled.  It’s all ready to take to church on Sunday for a family there who would like it. 

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     I spent the rest of the day rearranging my school room!  Furniture was moved, some of it completely out!  Tables were oiled and polished.  Stray items from under the couch were put away; and odd bits of paper, likewise under the couch, file cabinet or train table, were thrown away.  Carpet that had been hidden under large pieces of furniture was thoroughly vacuumed.  It was not my week to take care of deep cleaning type jobs in my school room, but I siezed the opportunity just the same!  (This is how things looked before I started moving them around.) 

 

 

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     At one point in time, Dani accused me of rearranging based on a “Picasso approach” as things were just placed here and there with no rhyme nor reason, which rather reminded her of Picasso portraits where the eyes and mouths are misplaced on the canvas.  It didn’t help, I suppose, that I sat down on the couch in the midst of the move for a bit of a break, giving the impression that I was finished with my project.

 

 

    

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     I am, I think, pleased with the finished product.  I know that I like the new placement of the couch. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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     The table, no longer encumbered with a huge computer on it, is now placed at the end of the room where both boys can work at it.  There are leaves on each end that pull out should they require more work space for a project.  There is track lighting overhead to keep things bright in the darker, wintry days to come.  

 

 

 

 

 

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     The art buckets are under the edge of the breakfast bar and are just a step or two away from the table.   We spend a good many hours every day in the school room, homeschooling, reading, playing games or just hanging out.  It’s nice to have a new look.

     I do so appreciate all of your comments.  I know that it takes time from your busy days to leave a comment, so I doubly appreciate your encouraging words when they are left.  Many of you, it seems, would like to tackle either knitting or crocheting a shawl from the same pattern that I used.  Let me know as you get them started and/or finish them! 

     I’ve a new, dressier shawl on my needles now.  I absolutely love it, and it’s knitting up quite quickly.  The pattern is available free on line, and is based on the shawls that Tasha Tudor knit and wore.  I’m knitting mine up in this lovely Peruvian wool from Knit picks in the Doyle colorway.  I’m also using larger needles for a looser guage and a larger finished product.  The body of the shawl is worked in a basic garter stitch, using yarn overs at the beginning of each row to not only shape the shawl, but also to give it a pretty edge design.  Once the body of the shawl is completed, an edging is knitted into the openwork along the edges to finish it off. 

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     Today, of course, is Thursday, which can mean only one thing………….Grandbabies!!! 

     No, they did not arrive during a rainstorm.  The camera and I just happened to be on the opposite side of the sprinkler when Corin drove up.

     We had a wonderful time.  I had the pleasure of reading aloud for a bit to William and the grandkids, and then everyone suited up and headed to the pool. 

 

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     I enjoy sitting in the shade and watching my kids and grandkids romp in the pool.   

     Will is a goofball!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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     Happy 5 year old!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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     The six year old, always erring on the side of caution.  He can, truthfully, touch the bottom of the pool now, but he is always found with a life jacket on and in a floaty toy.  And goggles!  Must.  Have.  Goggles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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      My youngest granddaughter stayed inside and napped in my room while the others swam; but she woke up and enjoyed playing a bit before they had to leave.   

     Dani made a version of our Chocolate Crazy Cake (recipe link in the side bar) for us to enoy together this afternoon.  She substituted ground raw cacao for the cocoa, but added a bit of regular cocoa, too, for color.  She also used about half whole wheat pastry flour and half white flour.   The end result was a flavorful, moist cake with a different, but quite pleasing, texture.  The cake was dusted with powdered sugar, cut into sqares and served on a vintage, crockery platter out by the pool.  We made short work of that cake! 

     It was a truly wonderful day!  Full!  Blessed!  The upcoming weekend promises to be a busy one.  Dani and I will take on the mega-shop tomorrow, followed by my grandson’s belated 5th birthday party in the evening, an uncle’s 80th birthday party on Saturday and, of course, the Lord’s Day on Sunday.  Busy.  Full.  Blessed!

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27 

 

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26 comments to Harvest or Fall?

  • I had to chuckle at the faces on those goats.  Guilty indeed!  Here in Alberta I feel as though we barely even had summer, and already there is quite a chill in the air.  I can’t imagine what those temperatures must be like that you are getting there! 

  • Oh, my folks had goats, and they dented tops of cars trying to reach overhead trees (they managed to escape their pens too).  Then they ate all the fruit trees my Dad had planted; they were never replanted, and now that I’m grown, I regret it!  But, the goats were sure fun to have/watch, especially those little babies.

    Lovely to read your blog again; welcome back! πŸ™‚  So full of ideas, homekeeping, pics, inspiration.  I guess I never realized that your homeschool room is right off your kitchen–is that correct?  I thought I saw a pass-through window in one of your shots.  The room looks lovely; bright and spacious, and, just full of books!  My idea of a good room!  Someday, we hope to put in wall to ceiling bookshelves on a couple walls in one of our living areas.  Guess where I got the idea?  πŸ˜€

    Blessings to you and yours as you enjoy a very full weekend; thank you for sharing your life with so many of us!  ~Simplicitea

  • Oh, my folks had goats, and they dented tops of cars trying to reach overhead trees (they managed to escape their pens too).  Then they ate all the fruit trees my Dad had planted; they were never replanted, and now that I’m grown, I regret it!  But, the goats were sure fun to have/watch, especially those little babies.

    Lovely to read your blog again; welcome back! πŸ™‚  So full of ideas, homekeeping, pics, inspiration.  I guess I never realized that your homeschool room is right off your kitchen–is that correct?  I thought I saw a pass-through window in one of your shots.  The room looks lovely; bright and spacious, and, just full of books!  My idea of a good room!  Someday, we hope to put in wall to ceiling bookshelves on a couple walls in one of our living areas.  Guess where I got the idea?  πŸ˜€

    Blessings to you and yours as you enjoy a very full weekend; thank you for sharing your life with so many of us!  ~Simplicitea

  • OOO that pool looks like fun! I really want a laptop for school mainly. Will take me some time to save up for it though.

    ~*~Megan~*~

  • OOO that pool looks like fun! I really want a laptop for school mainly. Will take me some time to save up for it though.

    ~*~Megan~*~

  • @Laurie – We hit 99 again today, with 101 expected on Friday.  I would love to feel a little chill in the air, but at 10:00, it’s still 84 outside!

    @SimpliciTea –   thanks for the welcome back!  Our goats are delightful, and I miss the fact that we don’t breed them and have kids every spring.  Our schoolroom adjoins our living room by a very large opening, and the dining room of our kitchen with a breakfast bar/window.  (The door used to be a sliding door to the back porch and the breakfast bar is where there was a window looking out to the back).    I love our floor to ceiling bookcases and hope, one day, to replace the other, shorter cases with those.

    @Pearl0709 –  Hi, Megan!  The pool is fun.  Though the temperatures are still hot, the angle of the late summer sun is not allowing the water to heat up quite as much.  Everyone had a hard time getting used to the water today.  You just keep saving your pennies, and you’ll have your laptop before you know it!

  • Hi Cheryl,

    Fall is MY favorite too!! Don’t you just feel it was made JUST for US!??!?!? πŸ˜‰ 

    The entire season of Fall seems to be a holiday to me!

    Nature seems to interact w/ us at this time of year…. The leaves dance across the ground, swirling & whirling around, leaves falling, branches swaying….  Colors changing as though they were “performing on stage”…..  Leaves crunching beneath your feet….

    It was nice getting more “acquainted” with you! πŸ™‚

    -Kt

  • For us in New Zealand – it is Autumn

    But we are now coming into Spring.Great that you are still able to be swimming.Our crew haven’t quite begun again yet.Just too cold, despite it being Spring.

  • Oh how I missed your delightful sense of humor!!  So glad your back to blogging!!

  • Ah Cheryl, its so good to have you back. I have missed your family. I had to smile at the goats. “Who me?” “What plants? I don’t remember eating any plants.”. LOL Silly things.

    I love “grandbabies day” at your house. They look like they have so much fun!

    You have such a warm and welcoming way of writing. I feel like I have known you forever and we get together regularly over tea/coffee. I know that’s not true, but you really make people feel at home. To me, that’s a God-given talent. I feel so blessed to share in your life through your blog postings.

    Have a wonderful weekend with your family

    Melody

  • giggling….I can see the innocents in his face…

  • We had sheep for a couple years. They are rotten, but I miss them!

  • We had sheep for a couple years. They are rotten, but I miss them!

  • Goat eyes freak me out! I think God must have had a reason for that, but I can not figure out what it is. I will say in his defense that the “fluffy” goat looked more guilty than the innocent looking one.

    Grandkids make it all worth while! I love the schoolroom. It looks more spacious!

    I am thankful for the cooler temps here…I wore long sleeves yesterday and SOCKS!

  • Oh Cheryl! I’m sorry for your plant loss! And those temperatures! Wow! It is generally warmer here this time of year but it’s been very pleasant recently. Of course, that may have something do with Hanna being on her way.

    Autumn is my favorite season too. In fact, on my list today is to do a good cleaning with my rosemary cleaner and put out my Autumn decor!

  • I always enjoy reading about your filled-to-the-brim days!  Keep an eye on those goats. πŸ™‚

  • What a fabulous room!   Looks like a big job, but well accomplished!!

  • What a fabulous room!   Looks like a big job, but well accomplished!!

  • @copperswife – thanks for your encouragment!!! *smiles*

    ~*~Megan~*~

  • @copperswife – thanks for your encouragment!!! *smiles*

    ~*~Megan~*~

  • {deep contented sigh}  

    …so happy to “read” you again.

  • Thank you for the links for the patterns and other yarn sites.  I absolutely love looking at all the colors available.  Right now I’m working on a wool bag for felting to donated to our Fall Festival for the Ladies’ Ministry at church.  I got the idea a little later in the season that I would have liked, but that’s alright.  My husband and I were looking for some bright golden yellow to make the Pittsburgh Steeler’s colors and found it at the Wooly West.  I called to order it, but it will get here too late I’m affraid.  So, I’ll order it from Joann’s.  It’s a good bit of information to have for the future.  πŸ™‚  Thanks for sharing!  I love the shawl pattern too!  πŸ™‚ 

    Have a wonderful day!

    Regina

  • Just wanted to stop in & say how much I enjoy reading your blog.  You share such wonderful things in such a joyful manner!  

    We still have warm temps in So. CA too, hoping it cools down soon! 

    Your room looks great, you did a good job rearranging!

    Have a wonderful weekend!  God Bless – Marcy 

  • Cheryl,

    Doesn’t it feel good to move things around a bit?  I love decorating and changing the “scenery”.  Your schoolroom looks so organized and I agree, the couch there is perfect!

    Those goats do look a bit guilty.  I would hate to think what they will eat next!

    That shawl pattern is lovely.  I was just writing about Tasha Tudor today.  I am enjoying her cookbook.

    Have a wonderful weekend.   Blessings to you and your dear family

    Gina

  • Hi Cheryl,

    The faces of the goats remind me of guilty children.LOL It is still hot here however the last 2 mornings have been very nice. Fall Like.

    Will sure is growing up fast. Thanks for sharing.

    Elizabeth

  • Yes those goats look very guity, and while my kids are still on the young side I can’t wait to have a grandma day I think that is the best idea ever.