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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sunday Salon...last Sunday in August

Wildflowers on Mt. Rainier
Weather: gorgeous, sunny with a light breeze.

Yesterday: Our church had a huge work party to essentially muck it out. There were people everywhere cleaning out closets and drawers, sending items off to the clothing bank, the recyclers, and dump. I came home sore but glad to be a part of it.

Yesterday evening: Don and I attended a potluck/party in the evening for JAG officers. The conversation and company were good. Thanks Matt and Eileen for opening your home for us!

Today: I hope to get outside and do some serious pruning on the summer baskets in hopes that they will revive enough for a few more weeks of color. This happens to me every summer.  I plants lots of pots with beautiful annuals in late Spring which I tend lovingly until around the end of August when, for some dumb reason or another, I start to neglect them causing the plants to all look sad and tired....You didn't miss me, but I just got up and went outside to tend to the plants. Now I'm back! It also seems like a good day to wash the dog.

Applesauce: my daughter, who is working at a warehouse this summer, likes to take apples in her lunch every day so we just dropped by the big warehouse store and bought a huge container of Golden Ginger apples.  We had sampled them at the farmer's market last week-end and liked them. Well, we got home and discovered that the apples were mushy. Ugh. We like our apples crisp. Being from Washington State we are pretty picky about our apples.  Anyway, now she and I are busy cutting up apples for applesauce. My husband just announced, "That's what one should do with mushy apples" as he tucked into a bowl of warm applesauce.

Book read this week:
  • Unbroken: a World War II Story of Survival, Resistance, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand, audiobook read by Edward Hermann. Wow. Wow. Wow.
  • The Silence of Murder by Dandi Daley Mackell. A YA mystery that won the Edgar Award.
  • A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. You have got to read this book sometime in your life. Read my review here.
  • Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina. Another YA novel about the effects of bullying.
Currently reading:
  • The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan, an audiobook...an albino boy experiences love and bullying at a private school. 
In church today: I learned about a concept I had never thought about before. After reading Acts 1:1-11 our pastor talked about the fact that Jesus had to leave in order for his disciples to understand the kingdom of heaven.  He had been with them for 40 days after his resurrection explaining the concept of the kingdom of heaven and they still didn't get it.  Forty years wouldn't have been enough time.  Not until he left us with his holy spirit were we able to comprehend what he meant. 

This coming week: I will be back at school almost full time. Ah, the end of summer....Sigh.

We are off to wash the dog at one of those self-serve places. Please drop me a note and let me know how you will be spending your last few days of summer.


  1. I won't be washing the dog since I don't have one. I have two work days this week, Ashley is home and we're trying to organize activities with one car. Tricky!

  2. I will be working all week, then heading down to Eugene for the 1st Oregon football game of the season. GO DUCKS!!!

    1. Jealous. Have fun. Nicholls State College? Is that right?

  3. We have been back to work since August 12. School started on the 18th. Had a wonderful time at home in Puyallup this summer. The weather was amazing!!

    1. i'm sorry I missed you. Where are you living now. I've lost track.

  4. You are so good to make applesauce from mushy apples. I just would have been mad about it :-)

    Good luck with the start of school! We begin today and discovered last night that we have no freshmen or new students in the library database. We are NOT going to check out books to hundreds of students by hand so may have to postpone textbook check out to over a quarter of the school!

    1. You check out all the textbooks in one day usually? it takes us weeks. How do you do it?

  5. Gorgeous photo, Anne - I would really love to see that part of the country - Washington and Alaska are the only states I have never been to!

    Sounds like you had a nice weekend. At least you put out pots of flowers and lovingly care for them through the summer. I kept meaning to buy some hanging pots of flowers for the porch and just saw at the grocery store last week that they are no longer selling them. End of August already, and I missed my chance!

    Hope you have a good first week back to school -


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    1. Sue, July is out loveliest month in Washington. Plan a trip out West and we'd love to host you. A trip to Mt. Rainier in late July is mandatory to see the wildflowers.

      My husband usually gives me his planting services for Mother's Day, We go to a local garden store, select a bunch of plants, then come home and fill up all our pots. Don does the heavy work of emptying the pots of their old dirt and filling them with new. I get the fun part of potting the plants.


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