Neil has been a cooking many things in foil lately, thanks to a foil feature in Food Network Magazine: 50 Things to Grill in Foil. I've been enjoying it. Broccoli with garlic tonight. Beets with vinegar and mint (added after cooking) and carrots with tarragon are other foil dishes he's cooked for me.
The garden seems even more alive when sunlight is dancing through it.
Other than 2 minutes taking pictures this morning, I've been going through the books that came out of the girls' rooms while they were in Edmonton. It's a huge amount of books! Deciding which ones to part with hasn't been easy. I need their input for some of them. And it's been a trip down memory lane. :)
Super moon! I had just seen Katrina's post about shooting the moon before stepping outside at 4:30 this morning, and there it was in plain view (amazingly, because we have many mature trees blocking it most of the time). I grabbed my camera and longest lens and took a few shots with the recommended settings (ISO 100; f/8.0; 1/125). Fun!
The older two were in volleyball camp this week. Their first time in a camp like this. They both enjoyed it, but M especially loved it. At the end, she received the Coaches' Award for being the most enthusiastic, helpful, coachable, and improved throughout the week. Awesome! I love that they recognized these attributes as well as volleyball skills.
Sophia also did well! They both came home with excellent player evaluations, and both received "high five" awards during the week. Madeline's for improvement on the first day, and I think Sophia's was for smiling and cheering. She's always a great cheerleader for her team.
I read quite a bit, but it's not often I read a book just for fun. I picked this up at the new Little Free Library in our neighbourhood a couple weeks ago, and I'm glad I did! Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain
P.S. This is my 2500th post on this blog! (10.25 years)
This morning, I let Dash walk with me on my paper route without a leash for the first time -- and he was so well behaved! He paid no attention to joggers, people getting into vehicles, cars driving by... I never had to raise my voice, and I was confident he knew where I was at all times. He would sniff for a bit and then sprint past me. I'm sure he got more exercise this way. He knew every turn before I got there, and he loved it! I loved it. The leash is annoying when delivering papers.
I had been wanting to try this and am glad I finally took the chance. Of course I had a strong feeling he would stay with me, as it seems to be his Aussie instinct. Oddly, we encountered far more people than usual and no rabbits, squirrels, or cats. I did put the leash on him for a few minutes when I saw a lady walking two dogs.
About 15 minutes before sunrise. Long day... Since I had to take the girls shopping for dresses this evening, I was out practically all day (home only for breakfast and supper). Didn't get home until after sunset.
Some of the things I learned today: A bug bite or sting (I didn't see the creature long enough to ID it) can be incredibly painful. A bug bite or sting will get you a tetanus shot if you're due for one. I will never again use my hands (not even with gloves on) to pull material out of a damp, dark place (I'll use a shovel next time). Bonus: I had time to read while waiting in Emerg, and I was only there for 3 hours (wait times are typically much longer in my city).
M and S went swimming this evening at an outdoor pool (G was at a friend's house). We certainly have summer weather now! The temp reached 30C this afternoon. I didn't take this; Neil did -- but I asked him to, so it counts. (I did take other pictures today, but didn't like them as much.)
I've been participating in the #ColorColourLovers challenge on Instagram (@kkbyrns) the past few weeks. I like finding interesting things to capture for each colour. This is green week and I was happy to notice this fun license plate on my walk this morning. I like the reflection, too! (challenge created by @hulaseventy and @xantheb)
P.S. The girls arrived home from Edmonton this evening!
While it was Canada Day and the weather was beautiful (much improved!), Neil and I spent almost the entire day working on our girls' bedrooms while they're away with their grandparents. I chose this picture because our younger girls, who share a room, were so eager to have their room rearranged like this: the bunk bed in the middle so they each have their own half of the room.
Our old rain guage... We had rain all day yesterday, overnight, and all day today. Over 3" by the time I went to bed last night, and - thankfully - only another half an inch or so since then. Yesterday's heavy rainfall caused us some grief (water in the basement, half flooded yard), but nothing like the 8+ inches of rain many communities suffered in the same period: 37 communities in Saskatchewan and 33 in Manitoba have declared a state of emergency.
Nice second harvest of rhubarb today. Picked in the rain while waiting to move a water pump -- which is really the story of the day: 3+ inches of rain so far and no end in sight. We spent much of the day dealing with water in the basement and yard. I also took a picture of a window well full of water. Yuck. This picture is much happier!
(Our third day of deep cleaning the girls' rooms came to a sudden halt when the water problems started. Hope we can get back to it tomorrow. But we have other commitments, too.)
Today, I went shopping for a dress to wear to my sister-in-law's wedding. I think it's been more than 8 years since I last wore a dress! (I recall wearing them when I was expecting G.) I hadn't really noticed my lack of dress wearing until I realized I should get one for this special occasion. After trying on several dresses this morning, I may be converted; I wanted to buy more! (Thanks to Neil for helping me with this picture.)
Waiting for their grandparents to pick them up and take them to Edmonton, a 9-hour drive from our home, for 6 days. They'll stay with cousins and have a wonderful time! I'm glad they could do this. (Meanwhile, we're cleaning and rearranging their rooms!)
Last day of school! I was delighted to see M's excellent math scores (end of 5th grade evaluation). All three had a good year overall, with some subjects shining above others for the older two. Interesting to see!
Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart - Unknown
Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice. - Anton Chekhov
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. - Wayne Gretzky
You are getting your wants confused with your needs. - Stacy Julian's dad
We are weaving character every day, and the way to weave the best character is to be kind and to be useful. Think right, act right; it is what we think and do that makes us who we are. - Elbert Hubbard
I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter. - Blaise Pascal
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
- Cyril Connolly
To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of
to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
to leave the world a little better;
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is the meaning of success.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson