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A Very Busy Week

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Since our tubing trip last week we’ve kept pretty busy, especially over the weekend. We attended another county 4H Fair
Scenes from a County Fair
Scenes from a County Fair
Scenes from a County Fair
Took a trip to strange and exotic southern New Jersey to buy more chickens from a recommended farm, but the farm was filthy and crowded and weird,
Paul, "I am not adding any of those birds to our flock" so instead we popped in to a festival at a winery
Beautiful vineyard vistas
and also went to a customer appreciation day (we’re not customers!) at a horse store, which was surprisingly fun. Then we capped off that day with a game night with Liz & Eleanor, which included lots of homemade pizza using many fresh tomatoes from the garden.
Game Night: Treats and Games
Homemade Pizza with toppings from the garden
Then the next day we went to a nearby park to see The Smithereens in concert! Our parks department always has a summer concert series, but we never go because it’s usually cover bands that we’re not really keen on.  But this was a real band! With hits we knew! And a beautiful summer evening.  It was marvelous. Here’s Paul’s write up with pictures.

That was a busy weekend!  In the other assorted days I made hot pepper jelly
Hot Pepper Jelly
Took the kids bike riding at Duke Farms (such a pleasure to have Tabby riding!)
grabbing the bull by the, um, tail
Did a bunch of garden preserving for the freezer (tomatoes, tomatilloes, corn)
Keeping up with the harvests
Made yet another batch of amazing granola
Best Ever Granola
Checked in on the bees
Checking in on the swarm
(they built all that! amazing!!)
Continue to pamper and care for the lonely little baby chick. It has completely imprinted on us and I have a video (which somehow I can’t post so just take my word for it) of it following Tabby all over the yard, which is the sweetest thing ever.
mosaic baby chick
Finally, today we had our little library’s end of summer reading program party. It was lots of fun for the kids, and especially exciting because Clark won one of the grand prizes in the random drawing! The look on is face when his name was called was wonderful. He very much wanted it, but really there was only a 1/50 or so chance it would be him. Then, for double excitement, when they handed out all the prizes and certificates they announced that he had read the very most minutes!! (5,700!) and who read the second most? Tabby!! They were so proud and happy. I attribute their very high number of minutes to how much audiobook listening we did this summer. Any time we were in the car (presently we’re listening to an old classic, Miracles on Maple Hill, check out what else we listened to here and here), which included the lengthy drive to and from Canada.
summer reading program finaleGreat job kids! I’m so happy you love reading!



About Sarah

I'm a librarian living with my lovely family in a gorgeous spot of New Jersey, where we raise chickens and love the outdoors. I try to find enough time to indulge all my hobbies-cooking, photography, gardening, sewing, and I write about it all on my book blog & personal blog.

4 responses »

  1. Congratulations to Clark on being the big winner!! That’s an amazing dragon, if it was the prize. 😀

    And why am I not surprised that your kids are such superstar readers?

  2. What an amazing week! I feel like any one of these things would have been noteworthy. 🙂 Mega congrats to your kids for being champion readers!

    • Thanks, Anne!It’s a weird combination of frantic energy before the end of summer and boredom with it being the end of summer.


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