Since our tubing trip last week we’ve kept pretty busy, especially over the weekend. We attended another county 4H 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,
so instead we popped in to a festival at a winery
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.
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
Took the kids bike riding at Duke Farms (such a pleasure to have Tabby riding!)
Did a bunch of garden preserving for the freezer (tomatoes, tomatilloes, corn)
Made yet another batch of amazing granola
Checked in on the bees
(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.
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.
Great job kids! I’m so happy you love reading!