The weather finally turned and we spent hours outside this weekend, playing football and working in the garden.
Reading: Year of Wonder. I found myself in the mood for a good plague book after Kristen Lavransdatter. I don't like discussing books while I'm reading because there's still time for things to go very wrong but this is beautifully written and touching so far. It's a touch crude in spots, which I think jars me more than it should because I spend so many hours reading aloud to children.
Knitting: Wee Envelope, the second. It's knitting up quite quickly! I've been rising at 4:00am whenever possible because having a few hours to sit and knit and think whole thoughts makes all the difference in my day. I might be able to finish this in less than a week.
Baking: Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake This was very good. My husband and I both prefer apple pie so it wasn't a home run but the process of making it was beautiful in and of itself. Melting butter in the cast iron skillet and peeling the firm, ripe apples... It was a good way to pass an autumn Sunday.
Learning: We finished memorizing The Village Blacksmith last week and are moving on to Robert Frost's October (ht: Melanie via FB). I had no intention of studying poetry as much as we are, but Morning Time inspires me to reach for our poetry books far more often. Who knows what fruit this will bear?
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
- My husband bought me rosemary! He complains about how much rosemary I have planted around our little garden and he still bought it for me because he thought it would make me happy. Le sigh. It does make me very happy.
- Autumn Beauty sunflowers. I planted these seeds with my baby. She loves to sow seeds with me.
- Francis Meilland rose - one of my very most favorite roses. A soft, creamy pink. My husband wanted to ditch this rose because the plant itself is sort of hideous right now, but it matters not. This fragrant bloom is all I see.
- Not pictured: Cucumbers and a very few tomatoes, some peppers still, the corn (growing plumper by the day!), and my sad little carrot patch which is hopefully thriving far more under the soil than above. We won't have a bountiful autumn harvest, but I hope to be able to contribute something homegrown to our Thanksgiving table.
OK! Still time to get in a little knitting and tidying before everyone begins to stir. Happy Monday, friends!