We’ll return after these messages.

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Miraculously I actually did finish the list by the end of the day… but first, coffee.

When I wrote my last post I didn’t intend to take an almost 3-month break from blogging, but, well… these things do happen. :) Summer has been nice but it has FLOWN by in a whirlwind! I’m glad summer days are long or else I don’t know how we would have packed everything in. June was filled to the brim with friends and family, and I did intentionally take a blogging break for that month, but then July was bustling with travel plans and a beautiful wedding in MA for my brother and new sister-in-love, and then the days kept pushing in all in a pack with their own smaller events and errands and outings so that I never had a chance to slow down with a cup of coffee to get my bearings and see a bit further ahead and greet them one at at time. :)

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My attempts at blogging this summer.

Still, I’ve been taking as many moments as I can to enjoy our first beautiful Tennessee summer. :) I’ve been enjoying all the visits with family and friends – some new, and some I hadn’t seen in years! I’ve been soaking up all the warm, green smells of plants growing in the sunshine, flowers nodding and cicadas rasping, and enjoying the dark, warm, thundery days of rain-scented wind and steady downpours in a wet, blue-green world. I’ve tried to keep up with my boisterous herb garden, and made ratatouille and fresh herb bread and oregano pesto (Not a success, by the way. Even in pesto, oregano is bossy and yells OREGANO! in your mouth until you cough). I’ve enjoyed the fireflies and bumblebees who politely stay outside and mind their own business, and been at war with the flies and spiders trying to take over my home. I’ve enjoyed summer evening drives and library trips and Culver’s dates with Will (who has been playing volleyball all summer and diligently running 20+ miles a week, to the awe of his exercise-hating wife, haha), and I’ve loved watching Beatrice’s personality continue to blossom over the past few months. Every day she pulls all her books off the shelf and then lies in the middle of the pile, flipping through them. She is on a never-ending quest to pull out all the cans of tuna from under the buffet and roll them across the floor. She loves when we sing and dance around the room with her, and when Will makes the stuffed animals talk to her in funny voices her laugh is the most bubbly, contagious, joyful sound I’ve ever heard. I’m completely biased and I completely don’t care.

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I mean… look at that face.

In any case, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this summer, but it has felt crazy and helter-skelter and a little exhausting at times in it’s joyful exuberance. Just in the last week or so I’ve begun to feel things slow down and settle back into their more normal routines, and I’ve been beginning to feel the vaguest tugs and hints that autumn is around the corner. Then yesterday morning as I was taking Beatrice for a stroll around the neighborhood, the air was actually cool and crisp, and we passed children waiting for their school bus, and a tree with it’s leaves turning a bit yellow and beginning to fall, and I felt that autumn is really on it’s way. I almost felt like baking some molasses cookies to celebrate, but then it was 80+ degrees that afternoon so I decided I’d better wait. But it DID feel like a good time to end my blogging hiatus. I’ve missed keeping in touch with you all (all three of you, haha), and I’ll try to post at a more usual rate again.

I’ll be back next week with a quick catch-up of our summer adventures, mostly because I have a lot of photos to share (and mostly of Beatrice, obviously), and then… hopefully another post before Thanksgiving, right? ;)

Happy Wednesday!

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