I forgot to post a whole bunch of photos and happenings last week. Or maybe it was the week before. Akh. I've hit that magic number of something - whatever it is that makes you lose your mind. Kids, years, who knows.
We just came back from our spot in Michigan. Our retreat, our oasis just outside of the world. That monastery is a piece of heaven. They all are. But this time, I felt that our visit was too short. I felt that there was more that needed digesting, more than needed to be said. But just like that, we were back on the road coming home and I was left with more questions than when I came. Perhaps that is the way of things. There was something different about this visit. Something more solemn to me. I am still mulling it over. Digesting.
Apple picking season starts very very soon. Not soon enough for my little ones. But here were are almost at the end of August. I am not ready to say goodbye to the summer just yet. We have a few more things that need doing.
Today I made yogurt for the first time in months. Definitely since baby M came things have been different, routines dropped or changed, and disorder rampant. It's not her, bless her little heart. She's a darling; a ray of sunshine. Even the older ones dote on her. It's just that life has to be rearranged with babies. :) But now we have yogurt. And labneh! Dany is very happy. I don't usually make labneh. I never grew up with it, so it's hard to remember to make it! (Not like I notice it's missing until I really want it...)
Did ever mention that I thank God for good neighbours? Well I do! Last week, one of our neighbours down the hall dropped off some of their extra basil, chives and blueberries. How sweet! The kids just devoured the berries. I thought maybe we'd make something - a blueberry lemon loaf cake, or even a pie. Nope and nope. They didn't have a chance those berries. I can't say I was upset. Fresh fruit just belongs to summer. We've been enjoying lots of peaches. In fact, tomorrow we'll pick up another basket at the market. I love summer Wednesdays.
I have been painting these past two weeks. It is heaven to be back at the brushes. Of course, I have other things pulling at my time. Namely a sweet, drooling baby who's crawling! :) Oh those teeth. They are cute, but bought at a price. Sleep is the price. :)
On that note, I'd best be off to bed. Who knows how many times I'll be waking up to kiss those sweet cheeks tonight. (Actually, to be completely honest, I am not always fully awake when I "wake up" with her...) Sweet dreams world!