Saturday, September 3, 2016

Celebrating This Week {9.03.16}

This week, I celebrate....

The first week of school went well and it is so, so good to be back with my students for our second year together. Seeing them all on the first day of school was like coming home.
My son, Ryan, is doing well at college. We still talk every day and I can hear happiness in his voice. (Something I haven't heard in awhile.) Being in the marching band has kept him busy and connected him with a "tribe" that is helping to ease his transition to his home away from home.

My daughter and I had a nice visit at a local university -- her first college visit. She really liked the school (and so did I!).

My garden is bursting. On Wednesday night, I picked 24 cucumbers, 5 cantaloupes, 5 eggplant and a huge bunch of zinnias. My in-laws came on Thursday to help my husband can our tomatoes which resulted in 14 quarts using what was ripe at the time.
This old guy, Toby, is 13 1/2. It's been a rough summer for him. He has gone deaf and has many hip problems. The vet told us last spring that he was in liver failure. Despite all these problems, he has been showing more energy and eating more these past few weeks with has given him new life. We know his time is limited, but we celebrate that he doesn't appear to be suffering and his plan seems to be that he will carry on with life as usual. (He even photo bombed Kara's first day of school picture on Friday.)

I hope you had many, many celebrations this past week too!



11 comments:

  1. Sounds like a wonderful week! Last night, I picked the last of our tomatoes and peppers. Cut tons of zinnias and placed all around our home. Always seems once school starts the gardens take a backseat. But my gardens through the summer always helps me find peaceful place.

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  2. I like that photo-bomb, and the picture of Kara is lovely. Glad you had a good week with the class, and a good week in the garden. Wow, I do love cucumbers! Have a great holiday Jennifer!

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  3. Veggies and fruit to fill tummies, and so many celebrations to fill heart, mind and soul...a great week.

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  4. Veggies and fruit to fill tummies, and so many celebrations to fill heart, mind and soul...a great week.

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  5. I love Kara's first day of school pic with Toby. The abundance of garden looks healthy and rich. Glad to hear that the school year has had a great start.

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  6. Lovely joys I share with you. The students, the kids and the pets. Cheers to your celebrations!

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  7. Lots of different celebrations. Your garden bounty reminded me that a customer baked me a zucchini loaf. I celebrate every delicious bite of it!

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  8. I hear the happiness in your words, friend! I'm so glad Ryan and Kara are both doing well. I can't wait to hear more about your students and your second year together too. Happy Celebrating!

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  9. The bounty from your garden - beautiful! And your last year to take a first day pic. I love that my son sent me a first day pic when he got his first real job after finishing grad school. Enjoy the journey of this senior year. I'm sure it's great to have the same students for another year.

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  10. You have captured your celebrations beautifully! I always wanted to loop with a class. What a great way to start the year. And your garden! Let's just say that plants come to my house to die so I am quite envious of your treasures.

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  11. I am so glad that your son is enjoying his first year and that your daughter looks so happy. Even your dog is sensing the fun that can be. Jennifer, your garden is a veritable treasure trove. While my husband's tomato vines are tall the harvest is small but the juice is wonderful.

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