August 26 : Bits and Pieces
::I’ve been feeling all sorts of wistful about fall coming this week. I love it so so much and I can’t wait for it. But. BUT, I know that this is a big problem for me – the endless looking forward to things, usually in a romanticized, idealized fashion and then setting myself for life in general to never live up to my expectations.
The truth is this: It’s still summer. In a very serious way. The pool is still open, we can get out the grill, eat popsicles and ice cream. So, instead of wishing away summer, we’re focusing on our Summer List in the next couple of weeks – soaking up those last bits of goodness and fun adventures we just haven’t done yet this summer.
::I have two grumpy kids today. I had big plans for getting our list off the fridge and picking something exciting, but instead I think we’ll stick close to home. The little one is already down for a nap this morning(he usually only takes an afternoon nap) and I have two generally grumpy kids. So we’re going to go for some nature/sleep therapy today and lounge around and go for some walks and play in the backyard and work on some gardening. I might attempt to throw in some basement organization if I’m feeling especially ambitious during afternoon nap time. And I think we’re going to try making some bagels!
::Our garden seems to be dwindling. It’s been such a learning experience this year and I can’t wait to apply it all next year. I’m going to do a whole post about the things I’ve learned, but in the interim, I’m researching some fall plants to keep it rolling!
::I wish I could better convey how huge this tomato is right now. And still growing. It’s labeled as a variety called Belgian Beauty and I had a hard time finding much info about it beyond where I got the plant. The info says that the tomatoes will be 1-2lbs. each. The one tomato growing on the plant is, indeed, HUGE!
A comparison in my hand of another tomato:
::I get a lot of hits from searches for the Dyeing Playsilks with Kool-Aid tutorial, so I just had to share this fantastic link: A color chart at Tried & True with fantastic details on how to achieve very specific colors using certain Kool-Aid flavors.
::I’ve been really enjoying the august break. I think I’m officially going to jump in and do a project for 365 days – to be more aware, to learn, to get better – so many things. Here’s where I’m joining the fun - hop on over if you want to join in, too! I’m still thinking about what parameters I want to set for myself, but I think they’ll include a flickr set and not a blog every day.
::Question: Where are you favorite places to visit for inspiration – for photography-related or generally creatively inspiring and things that make you stop and appreciate the little lovely things in life? What lovely little things are you loving today?
My favorites right now(among many flickr groups): The habit blog, I Heart Faces, Shutter Sisters, The Creative Mama, The Maternal Lens, Slice of Life Tuesday, Tuesdays Unwrapped, PW’s Photo Assignments, We Deserve This, Enjoying the Small Things..I know I’m forgetting a bunch more!