Our family has gone through a lot of changes lately. Sometimes it’s hard to accept change, even when it’s a happy change. My kids are getting older. The youngest is now in middle school, the oldest boy is in high school and my daughter just left for college, freshman year. As a family, we decided that it was time to bless someone else with our swing set. That was tough! My husband and I built it together, which is a great and funny memory. The children and their friends had a wonderful time on it. I watched them grow up on it. However…my two sons who still live at home are not using that swing set. The oldest boy is over 6 feet tall. You know what though? I know a little boy who would just LOVE IT! My nephew. So guess what? We thrilled him by giving the set to him. He lives three doors down and I can hear him enjoying it when I go outside. That’s what I think of when I see this…
Well…let me listen for peals of laughter coming from that set a few yards away. Ahhh…much better.
This photo was taken when we went to the U-Pick fields in May. That was fun.
Last week, I also said goodbye to ye ole’ minivan. That was tough too. I bought it when my youngest was 2 years old. He’ll be 13 next month. I watched my kids grow up in this minivan. It was such a great car, a 2003 Town & Country. We took our 17 day road trip through New England to Canada in it. I drove them to Washing DC for sites and museums. We did all of our vacationing and staycationing in it. Not only did I get rid of it, I said so long to minivans. I bought a Dodge Durango. I LOVE IT! However, every time I see a minivan like the one I just traded, it tugs on my heartstrings.
In Our Yard – Growing Season Ending
If you read my mini uno day cation posts, you know I have a deep admiration for farming. Here’s my “farm”…
This is year three of our raised bed gardening. DH and the boys bought the first raised bed (on the right) as a kit from Lowe’s. Last year they built the one on the left on their own. We’ve grown all kinds of things but have given up on carrots, broccoli and spinach since I refuse to run rabbits off from stealing them…which they do. Frankly, I think we should label the beds “OURS” and “THEIRS”. Then the rabbits could just have at it without everyone freaking out.
We are a tomato loving family, that’s for sure. Thank goodness too because we’ve gotten about a thousand tomatoes from our plants over the past summer.
This variety is still producing too. Our cherry tomatoes have long since given up the ghost. Oh well. Also gone: carrots, cucumbers, broccoli and spinach.
Nothing in the tomato world tastes better than one straight from the garden.
Rosemary smells so good. I love having fresh herbs.
It’s so pretty.
This photo looks great in a big size. I just made it my background. LOL! Lemon thyme … my favorite kind so far. Here’s some info about it.
We grow 2 varieties of mint. Of COURSE I grow mint! I’m Southern! LOL! One terrific treat of the summer is fresh mint in iced tea. I LOVE it! BTW, when planting mint, I strongly suggest using a planter. Growing it directly in the ground will work better than you’d like. It will creep, grow, spread and takeover. Just something to consider. 😉
So…change…it’s a tough thing. It can be good or bad and still have a disorienting effect. We grow; we change. Sometimes there’s pain in that but there is also great beauty and a certain kind of exhausted perfection that comes just as each season draws to an end and yet we continue in expectation of a new day.
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