Last Sunday was crisp and sunny, a perfect late summer day. We had Bella the Dog staying with us so went for a walk along Chapman Creek. We watched the salmon on their journey upstream, climbed on the rocks along the riverside, and then went to my in-laws’ to pick pears and apples from their trees.
On Tuesday the rain came. It poured. The joke is, of course, that in just a few days we are getting all the rain we didn’t have this summer. We need it though.
Tuesday was also Rose’s first session of music class. She is doing this once a week with her best little buddy. Because most drop-off classes her start at age 3 and because Rose was 2 when the pandemic began, this was the first time I have ever dropped her off and left her at a group activity. She was so excited about this and had no problem saying good-bye. And I got 45 minutes all to myself!
The dry and hot summer has meant some smaller harvests here but this week we had an abundance of pears and apples. (Friends brought us fruit from their trees as well as what we’d picked above.) We also have grapes growing in our backyard. I spent much of one day dealing with this bounty. I made applesauce and grape juice, prepped fruit for the freezer, and our dehydrator worked overtime. I think next year I really need to learn how to can.
It gives me immense satisfaction to look in our fridge and see the things that I’ve been able to make and prepare for my family.
The end of the week brought further storms and a lot more rain. On Friday Rose and I had a quiet day at home and baked cookies together. After a wet walk home from school, the girls curled up with hot chocolate and popcorn for their weekly TV time.
Happy weekend, friends! Hope you are cozy, safe, and dry, wherever you are.