Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Summer's Almost Over

Now that I'm down to the last few days of my summer vacation, I'm feeling the pressure to cram everything in. I scrubbed the kitchen floor (on hands and knees, mind you!), went to the NASA Educator Center in Hampton, worked in my classroom for a couple of hours, went to the eye doctor, and visited my parents yesterday. So this morning, I went back to bed for a little nap! You can't do that once school starts and since Monday was so busy, I felt I had earned it.

Stef and I are going to see if we can pick some blueberries tomorrow; it's the end of the season but the field is still open so we're going to give it a shot. We're taking her back to school this weekend, and then I only have one week left before I have to go back to work.

Steve found this great little bookcase at the farmer's market on Saturday. I love the rounded sides. The books on it in this picture are the ones I bought at the library sale the same day.

It was only $10 and I think it fits this space perfectly.

I have another bowl of pears waiting to be made into preserves. Turns out that doubling the batch was a bad idea; I have five pints of pear sauce instead of preserves. It can be used for ice cream topping, sweetening oatmeal, or even to glaze chicken or ham, so it's not as if it will be wasted, just not what I had planned. So this time I'll just do it the long way and make two individual batches.

Still working on the baby blanket but I've also started a scarf for a friend who was accepted into the graduate program at UVA. Thanks to the blue curtain effect, you can't see the true colors of this scarf, but it's UVA orange and blue.

The Knit Picks catalog came yesterday. There's a vest on page 11 that's really cute. I know at least two girls in my family who would love it for Christmas. Hmmm, wonder if I can commit?


  1. That book case is so nice...and it does fir perfectly.

    This summer has flown by. Probably faster for you but it does seem that you've not been on holiday for that long!

    Too bad about the pears but I can imagine it would make a yummy glaze for chicken or maybe a pork tenderloin?

  2. I know just how you feel about our last weeks. I did a thorough living room cleaning today! I've also started setting up my classroom -- or my corner of the classroom. And I finally got my caseload: 17 students! The state-recommended maximum for a middle-school caseload is 12. I am going to have to be very efficient.

    Enough about me. Love the bookcase! Steve has a good eye for style. You are so nice about knitting for others. Much nicer than I am!

  3. I love that bookcase! What a great find.

    I'm working hard on ignoring the fact that it's almost labor day. The winter ahead is already daunting.


    I'm going out to sit on the porch and soak up the glorious weather that remains. I wish I could store it like preserves and bring it out when only bad weather is in the forecast.

  4. Funny how you're cramming all your stuff into the next few weeks while i'm waiting til the end of september to get things accomplished. for now we're focused on swim team and a taekwondo tournament in NC this weekend and extra play time of course. Your pear sauce over ice cream and oatmeal sounds quite yummy - maybe even yummier than jam.