It’s a Birthday!

imageYep, a birthday. But not mine. Today is all about my son, otherwise known as, “The Boy.” Interestingly enough, he’s not really a boy anymore. Today is the day he turns 17. Seventeen! How did that happen? I’m not sure what happened. I blinked, I think. At any rate, I just have to say that I’ve spent a lot of time with this kid. A lot. We’ve homeschooled since first grade, so I’ve spent pretty much every waking moment with him for the last eleven years. And you know what? I would do it all again in a minute. I really like my child. He’s such an amazing young man. Yes, I know I’m supposed to say that, I’m his mom after all, but really. He’s smart, funny, and very, very kind. While I’ve truly loved every age, the past couple of years have been especially exciting as I’ve watched him start to own his faith and develop his own worldview. How could I have known the blessings I was in for on this morning seventeen years ago?

We will be going out to eat to celebrate later. My parents are taking him, along with my husband and me, out to his favorite rib joint. (Is there a teenager alive who doesn’t love ribs?) It will be a fun meal!

Life has been kind of crazy-busy-hectic around here lately. I’ve gotten very little sewing done. I did finally finish my little travel sewing bag that I talked about forever ago. I am really pleased with it. I ended up finishing the binding by hand rather than on the machine as the pattern called for because I hated the way it looked. I am happy with the way the bag turned out and may well make another, but be forewarned, the first time through is just a little challenging. Not hard, mind you, but just requires a little manhandling. Here’s a look at how it came out:

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This is the Bionic Gear Bag. The pattern is available on Craftsy!

Other than that, I’ve just been trying to stay caught up. Wait. Stay caught up? No, just get caught up. Does that ever really happen?

From last night's picking.
From last night’s picking.

The strawberries are coming on now so those require a bit of doing. I am not complaining, mind, just saying. They seem to be sweeter than ever this year. Apparently they’ve liked the long, cool, wet spring.

There are lots of other things growing around here. So far, our fruit trees look promising. One thing we won’t have as many of is blueberries. The deer ate part of our bushes down to almost nothing.

I’ve visited the farmers’ market several times lately too. There are so many things there that we just don’t grow. Yesterday, for example, I picked up some kohlrabi. I’m planning to use it in a stir-fry tomorrow, and make some slaw with what’s left. We also got some yummy little new potatoes that I roasted last night with olive oil, leeks, rosemary, and topped with goat cheese. No photos. We ate them up as soon as they came out of the oven and nearly licked the bowl clean. I really enjoy playing with all the fresh goodies that come available and seeing what I can make with them. This is the time of year when eating low-carb is easier than ever.

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I’m trying to fix up my herb garden, but my “helpers” don’t really like me messing around in their napping spot.
A present from my kitties.
A present from my kitties.

Another result of the cool spring that we’re seeing is snakes. Lots of them. I am not afraid of them but they always startle me when I come across one. Truth is, I squeal like a girl. As long as they are not poisonous, I don’t mind them a bit. They eat all the little furry things that would otherwise be feasting on my garden. My cats are rather fond of snakes too, they seem to think they make great toys. So far, all they’ve brought me are black snakes and garter snakes, which I don’t want killed, but all three of us humans have found quite a few copperheads. ┬áBlech.

So that’s what’s happening in my neck of the woods. Just a little of this and a little of that. I’m itchy to get some workroom time in soon. As usual, there are more ideas in my head than I can get to.

How about you? Do you have garden coming in? Are you making something cool? I’d love to hear what’s happening in your world!

  • Bill V.

    Happy Birthday, Boy! The garden helpers are purrfectly delightful.