Full days but more relaxing than the previous weeks. First week of school is now behind us - for the girls and Neil... He's back at Prairie Sky School as well as working Grocery Freedom, Skip the Dishes, and papers every morning. It's a new level of busy-ness for us (just when you thought we couldn't fit more in. Ha!). Out of necessity, I've been doing even more cooking and I had already ramped it up quite a bit over the past few months. Cross country (S), touch football (S), and dance (all 3) have started, as well!
Summer is fading too fast! Chilly temperatures this week... the high today was only 7C (45F) and we're expecting frost over the next few nights. I've started preparing for winter walking with new long underwear and gloves from Costco. (As a paper carrier, I walk 6 mornings a week no matter what Mother Nature brings. And they're forecasting another extra cold winter. Boo.)
A great brunch was served after church today. When I left, earlier than most people, I was compelled to take a picture of the church against the beautiful blue sky. (So nice to have a good camera in my pocket!)
Representing the new trend of me doing the grilling while Neil works. Normally, he does all of the grilling, but there have been several times lately when he had to leave after lighting the charcoal. I've successfully cooked hamburgers, steak, pork chops, salmon, and vegetables! (Today: bone-in pork chops, salmon in foil, scalloped potatoes in foil, broccoli and garlic in foil, and beets in foil -- all finished at the same time! Neil prepared all of it.)
P.S. Had to swap out the image for another one I took the same day. I had taken a photo similar to the original 4 years ago and it was infinitely better: https://flic.kr/p/8ECJXF Original description: The top of our Big Green Egg (charcoal grill). Not pretty after a decade of use.
We enjoyed a barbecue and bonfire last evening with those who helped cleanup after the August 8th storm in White City. Part of the play structure which was wrecked in the storm, is in the fire. (G wasn't there with us as she went to a friend's farm for the weekend -- near Archerwill, we think.)
We went to the studio this evening to register the girls for dance -- our 10th time doing this; S's 10th season of Irish dance! (M's 8th and G's 4th year.) And so begins another full season of activities. (Girls touch football and cross country began today, as well!)
This didn't turn out as well as I had hoped; the light was very challenging. But it still represents today: M had her 5th orthodontist appointment within 2 weeks (heading into monthly appointments now), plus I'm loving my new iPhone and the free Calendars app I downloaded today (displays my Google calendar). Calendar-keeping heaven! Great timing at the start of a new school year when I'll be adding and checking a zillion things.
I took the girls to Regina Beach for the first time! It's only 45 minutes away, but somehow we had not made it there before. Glad to get a little more summer fun in before school and activities take over.
G helping me make coconut milk pudding. A little later, when S was making veggie dip from scratch, I realized how good it is that my girls know how to find and make a recipe if they want something to eat. No need to go and buy a ready-made product from the store.
I took M and G and their friend to a pre-season university football game (Rams) on Friday night. Normally, Neil takes them, but he couldn't go until half time (I went home when he arrived :)). The girls like it because they can roam around, sit wherever they want, and watch the cheerleaders during regular season games. We like it because there's almost no cost, unlike Rider games. (Neil enjoys the football, too.)
These two weeks... lots of work, cooking, and getting ready for school. I had little time for daily photos, but still managed to do it! Overall, this is not my favourite bunch of photos as I know I can do better, but they captured life at this time (at least some of it) and that's my main goal.
My desk at work with everything I need close at hand. My Evoluent vertical mouse directly in front of my arm (and not over to the right) keeps tendonitis away. To do this, I have to use a mini keyboard which I don't love, but accept.
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