Friday, August 22, 2014

{This Moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. Inspired by Soulemama.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Reunited





Over the last year I have observed the budding friendship between my little man and this lovely little lady. It has been interesting to sit back and watch as the two of them have grown closer, figured out the ins and outs of friendship, and formed a bond, one that is much stronger than I realized.

Reece has not seen his friend since mid July. She has been coming to our home once a week since last September, and in January that was bumped up to twice a week, and we also share time in nature with her family on a regular basis. I was not prepared for how much he would miss her. He asked constantly when she would be coming back, and when he would see her again. It was sweet, and made me realize just how much this friendship means to him.

She returned from her vacation on Tuesday, and Reece and I picked her up yesterday for a little nature adventure. To say he was a little excited when he woke up was an understatement. We spent the morning in the woods, and then hit the library before dropping her home. Watching them connect again, walking along the path chatting and laughing, feeding chipmunks, chickadees and woodpeckers, and climbing trees together made this mama's heart melt.

These two little souls get along very well together, and seem to really care about each other. I feel very lucky to be able to watch it all unfold...it feels like little bits of magic in my days.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Around the Garden

















These days in the August garden are not exactly as they should be. The weather the past week has been cold, and wet. Daytime temperatures topping out at 18 degrees and nights cooling down to single digits. Definitely not the best weather for all the ripening that needs to happen in the garden these days. But we are rolling with it as best we can, you can't fight Mother Nature, and she did bring the sunshine out on Sunday and Monday, so for that I am grateful.

Our big pile of dirt was delivered, and the three of us spent Sunday morning moving a lot of it. The cold frame, the new raised bed for cut flowers and the raised bed in Reece's play space all got filled up. The two raised beds will now be put to sleep for the winter, waiting patiently for spring to arrive. The cold frame was planted with seeds....lettuce, radish, pok choy, spinach, beets, kale and Swiss chard. We cleaned out another raised bed we will be tunneling this winter, topped it up with dirt, and planted more seeds there. The most exciting thing, because it never gets old, the seeds planted last week are sprouting.

Meal time harvests happen three times a day, even in the rain, and every few days I head out there for a bigger harvest, bringing in food to put by for the winter. The pantry shelves are filling up, and I smile every time I walk by them. This week beets and cucumbers were pickled, blueberries, peaches, and zucchini were added to the freezer stash and the first harvest of tomatoes were roasted and frozen.

My little man is still happily harvesting carrots, he is excited about the eggplants growing in his garden, he is watching the pole beans carefully, patiently waiting to start picking, and he can't wait to dig into some of the food we have put by, especially the dilly green beans.

The days are good in this August garden, despite the cooler temperatures, but I am hoping Mother Nature has some hot, summery days left to share with us.

How are things around your garden?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Morning, Noon and Night

Morning, noon and night...three little peeks into my day yesterday.

 Morning, 10am

 Noon, 2pm

 Night, 7:30pm

***If you would like to play along leave your link in the comments section so I can stop by and visit.***  

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I am excited to share a new project created by a friend of mine, Halina. If you have little ones 
underfoot all day you will love this. Stop by her lovely blog and check it out!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Abundance




Life is abundant right now. From the food harvested daily from the garden, to the pantry shelves and the freezer filling up with the goodness of summer, to the people, family and friends, we spend our days with, to the simplicity and beauty of nature that surrounds us, to the intentional slowness of our days. I am taking the time to notice it all, to really pay attention. I am choosing to be aware and mindful, soaking up every last bit of abundance in our life right now.

I wish you the most wonderful start to your week.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

33/52

"A photo of my little man, once a week, every week, in 2014"
 
Reece, a moment of stillness, and I mean just a moment, during a fun day.
 
Joining Jodi for the 52 Project

Friday, August 15, 2014

Happy Mail Day


There was a happy mail day around here this week, my package from Amanda's summer blog swap arrived. It was filled with a beautiful crocheted tea towel, some lovely gift tags, lip balm, and tooth powder. There was also a little surprise in the package for Reece, an owl mask and a hand painted rock.

I am always amazed at the creative talents of others when I participate in these swaps, always so much goodness shared. Big thanks go out to Amanda for organizing us all again, and thank you to my new blog friend Alexa who sent this wonderful package.