Officially the Unofficial End of Summer

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We had a lovely Labor Day weekend. The kids swam. We had fires both inside and out (that black and white picture of Abram and Jesse lighting the fire is one of my favorite pictures from this weekend), ate lots of s’mores and other good food. I knit a little (my September socks) but watched zero Netflix. Abram and Grandpa dug worms for fishing, Violet proceeded to set them free because they were “innocent and shouldn’t have to die”, we later used the can to scoop three baby mice out of the boat. We found the nest (see a life jacket of Violet’s) and Jesse says he found the mother and got her out of the boat too, but I don’t believe him. Just thinking about it gives me the heebie-jeebies.

Two random Violet comments I want to remember: While discussing the freeing of the worms, Jesse’s dad mentioned that those worms are going to head back and talk about the great Violet who saved them. “Grandpa, they don’t know my name!”.

And when we heard an owl (a great horned owl if my google comparison of owl screeches is correct) one night: “He’s warning those mice we set free that if they aren’t careful, they’re gonna be dinner.”

I updated my Lightroom a few weeks ago and ever since then any pictures I try to post on the blog show so much more grain then they do on any of my software (or the couple of prints I’ve ordered) so I need to figure it out because it’s gross. The last thing I need is another processing step, but I hate posting pictures that look crappy when I know for certain they do not actually look crappy.

I haven’t cooked much of anything though I did make a broccoli slaw for the weekend because it’s my absolute summer favorite. It’s simple to make – a bag of broccoli slaw, a small head of broccoli cut into small pieces, sunflower seeds, raisins, peanuts, red onion, and some crumbled bacon (if you aren’t a veggie). For the dressing I put a 1/2 cup mayo, 1/2 cup greek yogurt, 1/4 cup sugar (or a little less), and 2T vinegar in a Mason Jar and shake the crap out of it. When it’s good and blended, I pour it over the salad. If you make it ahead of time, put the dressing on right before you serve it. It gets soggy otherwise. We also made some chicken saladΒ – a perfect addition to our last lunch of the summer cabin season.

Tell me what’s new with you this week? Any good recipes, knitting patterns, books, or television shows on your radar?

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  • So glad to hear you had a good Labour Day weekend πŸ™‚ . Violet is my kinda girl! We went for a short camping trip in August during which our youngest tried fishing for the first time. (We camp, but we’re not fisher-people.) I sat there (silently) feeling sorry for the worms and hoping he wouldn’t catch anything because I was feeling sorry for the fish too. (He didn’t.) But he has definitely caught the fishing bug and is now reading “Fishing for Dummies” and is making my husband read it too!

    Your September socks are so pretty, Kate! What’s underneath them? It looks like maybe a bag with an embroidered clothesline with appliqued socks clipped to it? It’s very sweet!

    I just picked up some yarn for a hat for my 17 year-old son. Hopefully it’s “manly” enough, haha. I think I’m going to do the Bankhead pattern but with a double turn-up at the bottom for added warmth.

    No new TV shows, and still haven’t chosen my next read πŸ™ . Have you warmed up to Madame Bovary?

    • Very good guess! It’s a knitting project bag that I purchased from a ravelry friend. I love and it and am using it for all of my socks now. I’ll have to take a picture one of these days of just the bag and share it. I love talented crafters.

      I’ll have to look at the Bankhead pattern the next time I’m on ravelry! I can’t wait to see pictures of it and your yarn!

      I AM warming up to Madame Bovary. I still put it down quite a bit because it hasn’t captured me, but the writing style is bothering me a little a less. I borrowed your Harry Potter read-a-loud idea and the kids and I have been doing a chapter of that each night (they love it, so I’m SLOWLY warming up to the idea even if it is soooo clunky). I much prefer that. πŸ™‚

      And I LOVE fishing. We’re very catch and release around here because of the size and the work involved in cleaning when you actually DO end up catching something sizable, but we all do love it. It helps that our lake has so many varieties of fish. The kids love trying to figure out what they have on the line! (My father in law caught a garfish a few weekends ago. GAH! It was awhile before I wanted to swim in the lake again. It’s CREEPY!)

  • Oh, I love your photos. That looks like such a wonderful weekend. Love the pics of the worm hunting–which I could still sit like your son is. πŸ™‚ Like Marian, I am intrigued by what is under the September socks; it looks very cute. Your weekend seems very Americana to me.

    Don’t have much of anything new to report. I cooked! (Hey, start where you are.) We tried to make chicken fried steak. It didn’t turn out great, but it was nice to try something new and enjoy the process for the first time in a long time. I started to clean up my project room, so that I can do something in there again. Baby steps. The weather turned and was very fall-like, and I can feel myself turning to. It was a good weekend.

    • You and me both! I was actually talking to my yoga instructor the other day about how that’s one of my goals. She blames chair sitting. She said that by 4th grade most kids can’t sit like that any more because of all the times they spend at desks in school. πŸ™

      Yay! for cooking. And for project rooms. And baby steps. I need to follow your lead on the project room. Mine became a drop spot in the week lead up to school so it’s a mess with random things that don’t belong and unfinished projects and a quilt that I need to start sewing.

      I’m so glad you had a good weekend! πŸ™‚

      (Oh and I answered the bag question to Marian – it is a project knitting bag that was sewn/embroidered. I purchased it from a ravelry friend and it’s my absolute favorite for socks! If I never buy another project bag I’ll still have too many, but I LOVE them.)