What a great summer! And what a simply gorgeous fall. It's my favorite time of year. It would be tied with spring, if not for the mud. And, of course, fall has cozy sweaters, apple cider and dreams of knitting. What projects are you dreaming of starting in these colder months?
Summer was a whirlwind. Because I had created a considerable amount of time for blogging and freelance writing in my schedule, when I gave it up, my life felt positively wide open! It was liberating and glorious and I think we all benefited. Guess what? My floor is clean, the toilet is sparkling white, and I did two loads of laundry today (okay, not folded yet)! Unprecedented really (and still not entirely the norm, today was just a good day). And the best part is that redirecting my energy toward home and family has really made me love what I do, mothering, even more. We've been visiting friends more, taking more library trips, having more tickle wars and more quiet moments.
But you know, I kind of miss you guys! I loved being connected to this network of amazing, supportive, intelligent, interesting, curious people. I was inspired on a daily basis by comments left, links shared, posts written, photos captured... So, as the seasons change, and life slows down a bit in preparation for the shorter days and colder nights, I think again about reconnecting... But, not yet, still just thinking about it:) In the meantime, I'd love to share what we've been up to these last few months! And what about you? Did you grow anything wild and crazy in your garden? Take amazing trips? Read any life-altering books??? I'd love to hear:) Perhaps the highlight of our summer was spending a week in Maine with my family and my little brother's new in-laws and being there to see him married to his other half. Thank goodness he picked a fantastic girl!
I should mention that Shabby Apple sent me this dress to wear to the wedding (for free!) and they totally deserve a shout out; I love the dress! I worried that it would be cheaply made, or not fit right or something, but it way exceeded my expectations. I wear it all the time! The fabric is really good quality so it ends up giving me a nice shape while kind of "skimming over" my less desireable traits (you know how cheap material kind of clings and can bring out the worst?). I love that Shabby Apple totally has the modest/sexy thing down. It's funny how the media spins this tale that the more you reveal, the sexier you are. But, I feel so pretty in this dress because it's feminine, but not revealing. I also happen to love that I was able to easily wear it to a lobster dinner on the beach and to the actual wedding, by doing a little dressing it up and down for each occasion.
Other than the main event (the wedding), we mostly just lazed around on the beach and ate my mom's fabulous cooking. After our week in Maine, my parents came out here for a week (the wedding was back East in Boston and then a reception here in UT), which was so nice. Whenever we get together I just feel more and more strongly about living close to family (if only my family and Clay's family lived in the same place it would make that so much easier...)
I did happen to find the perfect piece of land to settle down on in Maine though! Or at least to daydream about... 20+ acres only fifteen minutes from Portland, totally subdividable (I think I'd do between 8 and 12 lots), a little stream running through the center, surrounded on three sides by public lands or privately held green space and only a short bike ride from the library, hiking trails, the river and several parks. And of course, mere minutes from the ocean by car. I really am serious about this dream, and this place is pretty much what I dream about every night as I'm falling asleep. Some day...
In the meantime we've been busily working away on Clay's business and he's finally had some time to start developing more signature pieces, rather than just custom work. I'm crazy about this hairpin leg table; I think it's so sexy and chic. And I totally want a coffee table to match (and maybe some button back leather couches while I'm creating a wish list...). Oh, and if you'd like a piece of genuine Ivory Bill furniture in your house, head on over to Clay's blog and enter his giveaway! Our garden this year was prolific to the point of being a mini-jungle. We got eight HUGE pumpkins! Not to mention a ton of greens, beets (which made excellent lacto-fermented pickled beets), tomatillos, the tomatoes didn't do very well, but as a consolation prize we got two AMAZING Charentais melons. Seriously, that flavor is now what I think of when I think of ambrosia, you know, the food of the gods. Every year we learn something new about gardening, tweak our methods a bit, and by fall we're already excited about what different things we're going to try next year.
Now that I'm sitting here writing I feel like I have a MILLION more things to write about! And this post was already so random:) I should probably start a separate one before I set some sort of record for longest, most unrelated, stream-of-consciousness post... Okay, a few more odds and ends from our summer, coming up soon!