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Late September in Spy Garden

Beautiful early fall

Beautiful early fall

Frothy masses in the garden. You say weeds, I say prairie!

Frothy masses in the garden. You say weeds, I say prairie!

Dinnerplate Dalia about to bloom

Dinnerplate Dalia about to bloom

Cooling off (we've still had a few hot days)

Cooling off (we’ve still had a few hot days)

Scoring a touchdown (one of three!) in the first official game of the season!

Scoring a touchdown (one of three!) in the first official game of the season!

I see you...

I see you…

Tussock moth caterpillar

Tussock moth caterpillar

Thanks to Eliza for the ID on these!

Thanks to Eliza for the ID on these!

I heart our bunnies!!

I heart our bunnies!!

A perfect trap

A perfect trap

Mushroom

Mushroom

White dragons egg cucumber from the garden

White dragons egg cucumber from the garden

Very vibrant caterpillar

Very vibrant caterpillar

Check out all the paw paws! Collected on a run.

Check out all the paw paws! They taste kind of like banana and are quite seedy like persimmons.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms

Fall colors

Fall colors

Splatter painting in Sunday school (it was a lesson about forgiveness)

Splatter painting in Sunday school (it was a lesson about forgiveness)

The rule was "Don't get any paint on the black!" (obviously impossible)

The rule was “Don’t get any paint on the black!” (obviously impossible)

Then after the kids were done, I re-painted over all the black parts real quick while they went insideΒ (the lesson related to how God takes sin away)…and…

Ta-da!

Ta-da!

Painting, on a different day

Painting, on a different day

Celosia

Celosia

Hope you all are having a nice week!

Late Summer Miscellany

Nice find! (Aren't we like the snake-whisperers!?)

Nice find! (Aren’t we like the snake-whisperers!?) She found this in our backyard.

Always fun to have an abstract painting sesh with Baby

Always fun to have an abstract painting sesh with Baby

Echinacea (a volunteer!)

Echinacea (a volunteer!)

Just a weed but a cool looking one.

Just a weed but a cool looking one.

I am counting all the positive things about the rampant weeds in the garden. Its good for soil to be fallow for a season (or two? :), I get to see the huge variety of what grows naturally around here…wildflowers…There are many euphamisms for “neglected” or “overgrown”…and many benefits of an unkempt garden…

Wild, free

Wild, free

Prairie

Prairie grasses

And since the grass is mowed, we have our very own private paths through the prairie!

And since the grass is mowed, we have our very own private paths through the prairie!

Wildflower

Wildflower

Lots of pollinators in the garden

Lots of pollinators in the garden

And from this angle you'd never even really know its mostly weeds!

And from this angle you’d never even really know its mostly weeds!

Celosia (a volunteer)

Celosia (a volunteer)

Chopped! Cut off A LOT of my hair; though it is still pretty long (past my shoulders); but I got bangs too; so nice to have a change! I'll eventually post a picture.

Chopped! Cut off A LOT of my hair; though it is still pretty long (past my shoulders); but I got bangs too; so nice to have a major change! I’ll eventually post a picture). I will probably donate it when I get around to it.

And check out the upgrades to the tree house!

And check out the upgrades to the tree house!

You know you want to climb up there, right?!

You know you want to climb up there, right?! So fun!

Dexie down below

Dexie down below

View facing west

View facing west

I love this part of our yard

I love this part of our yard; that little grassy berm is the perfect shady spot!

There is tons of sumac in the neighbors' yard; I really want to start using this more in cooking

There is tons of sumac in the neighbors’ yard; I really want to start using this more in cooking

Tastes lemony and a little like turmeric

Tastes lemony and a little like turmeric

In other yummy things…

Heirloom eggplant pizza

Heirloom eggplant pizza

Also, not pictured but made the easiest, tastiest thing recently; pumpkin chickpea curry; basically a can of pureed pumpkin, a rinsed can of chickpeas, a pile of leftover roasted veggies (eggplant, onions, peppers, carrots), a glug of tomato sauce and a big pile of spices (turmeric, curry powder, ginger, salt, paprika, chili power, red chili flakes). Zest of a lime and the juice plus some lime basil from the garden. SO good, it was a big hit. (and seriously so easy!)

Cool blue lichen (or something) in the woods

Cool blue lichen (or something) in the woods

Hope you all have a nice weekend and are enjoying the last of summer!

Christmas Lights

Garden lights

Garden lights

Lights in the garden

Lights in the garden

Making snowflakes

Making snowflakes

All made by the Spy!!

All made by the Spy!!

Christmas in every corner!

Christmas in every corner!

Abstract lights looking very 80s

Abstract lights looking very 80s

House and garden lights

House and garden lights

Hahaha

Hahaha

Christmas kids

Christmas kids

 

Living Room

Living Room

Entrance to the man cave Christmas Cove

Entrance to the man cave Christmas Cove

Setting up the lights

Setting up the lights

Lights

Lights

Rain drops and lights

Rain drops and lights

Christmas header

Christmas header

After school. With red fleece pants; forest school uniform shirts are so Christmas-y

After school. With red fleece pants; forest school uniform shirts are so Christmas-y

Little sprightly elf ahahah

Little sprightly elf ahahah

DIY Haircut (brought to you by safety scissors) hahaha

DIY Haircut (brought to you by safety scissors) hahaha

Ornament

Ornament

She actually did a really great job on the haircut. When I told her to please ask the next time she wants a haircut she said "Well I already know how to cut my hair." haha

She actually did a really great job on the haircut. When I told her to please ask the next time she wants a haircut she said “Well I already know how to cut my hair.” haha

Gluing Christmas cheer

Gluing Christmas cheer

Ornament

Ornament

 

Ornament

Ornament

Another view

Another view

Lights

Lights

Cinderella's coach (from Home Depot!) in the pumpkin patch

Cinderella’s coach (from Home Depot!) in the pumpkin patch