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I can’t remember a summer where the weather has been this good. Ever.

We’ve been having sunny 75-85 degree weather every day. And then rain over night. Which is of course Ideal (except for for poor folks camping…). It puts me in an amazing mood to wake up every day only to be greeted by bright bright sun and lush green plants and grass. This is how it’s supposed to be.

This is the first year I can remember not have a drought and not having water supply issues due to having to water in the absence of rain. It’s just so perfect.

Some days feel oppressively hot, but A and I always say ug, imagine how hot it must in W.Ma if it ‘s this hot here. And all of a sudden it doesn’t seem so bad. I wish we could get to the beach more, but with Mr. E we limit our trips or take shorter trips so as not to overexpose his baby skin.

That’s really all. I just felt like expressing how thankful I am to the weather gods for giving us this amazing summer, especially after having been couped up all winter long. This feels renewing. I love it.

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We got clobbered with snow yesterday. It was so fun because we didn’t have to drive and we were home enjoying the day. It was beautiful. I wanted to go out and take pictures, but didn’t because the pathways have been so slippery lately and I didn’t want to fall (as I did earlier in the week).

But…this morning was a whole new day and I figured since many of the paths were cleared it would be fine to head out. I woke early and went outside to clean off our cars and to move them so our parking spaces would be plowed. I was so excited to get out that I grabbed the shovel and camera and realized just as I shut the door that I had locked my keys inside…oops! A was still asleep and I didn’t want to wake her, so I opted to shovel out the cars and take a few pictures before knocking on the door in hopes that she’d woken.

We had gotten about a foot of snow! I shoveled little tire paths so I could pull the Mazda out and used the shovel to remove the snow from the cars (snow scraper in the car, keys in the house…). Then I wandered around and shot a few pictures. No where near as many, nor in the places I wanted to be, due to the snow and my limited mobility, but I got some, and I enjoyed the crispness of the morning after a beautiful snowfall.

I made my way back to the house and knocked on the door, hoping that A would be awake to let me in. She was, and she was not impressed that I was out in the snow. But she knows me well enough to know I needed to do this. After collecting my keys I went back out to move the cars. The Mazda moved surprisingly well through the little paths I made. The Subaru stole the show though. No paths, just put it in reverse and pushed on the gas, and it sailed right out! This is the time of year I love our Subaru and I am so glad we’ll have it, should we need to get to the hospital in a snow storm! A tried to take pictures as “evidence” of me, eight months pregnant shoveling the cars out, against her wishes. But the batteries died…hehehe. Here are some pictures I got:

One of the things I love most about the fall is my desire to spend weekends in the kitchen cooking with our farm veggies or baking just about anything. This year I’ve taken to cooking multiple dishes at once. Maybe I am up for a greater challenge, or want to spend more time cooking, or it could be that we bought a full farm share instead of a half this year so we have twice as many veggies to work with every week! Last night I began to formulate a plan for everything I wanted to make today.

My day started when my alarm sounded at 6:30am so I could get up and drive our host student to the bus station, while that may sound early, the truth is I would have been awake by 7:00 naturally. I tried to crawl back into bed upon returning home, but I was so hungry that I lasted just a few minutes. A was also getting up. She started the coffee and I made apple oat pancakes. They were so yummy and we topped them with the spiced pumpkin butter we bought on our get away to NH a few weeks ago.

After breakfast I headed to the store to pick up a few ingredients. Once home I began my marathon cooking session. I baked pumpkin chocolate chip bread and zucchini bread (to take with us to the blog partay in NYC tomorrow) as well as potato leek soup and a Moroccan veggie dish. I peeled, cut, shredded, processed, etc. for five hours! I used to be able to stand in the kitchen for hours on end but today I moved a stool into the kitchen to sit on – and my legs still hurt from when I had to stand. At one point I was so tired I knew I should stop cooking, but since I had everything going at once, there was no backing out. I am exhausted from my day…I’m sure tonight will be an early night, which is really okay since we’ll be getting up at 6:00am tomorrow to start our trip to NYC.

If I have any energy left on Monday night, there are more veggies I could work with…really I think I will be happy when the crops end this year…

p.s. the foliage seems to have peaked in the last day or so. I had hoped to get out and take a lot of pictures today, but didn’t end up with the energy once I was done cooking. I managed to take a few pics and they are up on Flickr. Here’s one of my favorites:

This is the first weekend A. and I have been home, together, in over a month. We decided we’d ‘play it by ear.’ I knew I wanted to hang out with her and stay close to home, as I’ve been super busy with work lately. We made plans to go to a movie, but when the day started out with a morning trip to the farm to pick tomatoes, herbs, and flowers, we ended up home, getting a jump start on our canning.

The heat and humidity today was a sore reminder that fall is more than a month away.  I am ready for the crisp fall weather to enter. In that spirit, I started in on my first canning project of the season and also made a red and a green salsa. It was over 90 degrees out so the AC was on, and my use of the gas stove all day sure made the AC work over time. You can see many pictures on Flickr, and here are a few:

A. and I rode our bikes to our local farm where we buy a share. With this we get a weekly veggie pick up and unlimited access to pick-your-own flowers, herbs, berries, beans, and tomatoes (my favorite). At this point most of the veggies are still growing (but I can not wait for the tomatoes to start ripening so I can get to canning and salsa making – if I really get serious, we’d have enough to get us through late winter). This year I am going to learn how to make tomatillo salsa. We left with some flowers and there are tons of pictures on my Flickr.

I was introduced to a wicked cool local parenting/family blog today, The Parenting Project. You should check it out. Tomorrow I am going to a ‘meet the doulas’ day in honor of World Breastfeeding Week (I had no idea there was such a thing until this blog entered my bloglines!). Happy reading!

ETA: and what’s another link after I’ve already posted so many? Here is cool local moms resource and one more, Hilltown Families blog has lots of local goings ons.

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