What a month October has been. Having Mr. Brown back in school has been stressful in unanticipated ways, although it has also been a great blessing. Soccer season finishes this week, to our great relief. It's been really fun, but we're ready to do something else in the evenings besides practice and games. Mr. Brown and I have been working on greater honesty with each other as well, and that has been really hard and painful but I trust that our relationship and we ourselves will be better for it. The garden has wrapped up production for the year. When I came home from work yesterday Mr. Brown had finished pulling out most everything that's coming out after the frosts we had this week, and the backyard smelled like basil. Before it got really cold, I got a good start on the bed along the back fence where I want to plant raspberries and rhubarb next spring, and Mr. Brown dug up some bushes by the roots so they won't be cluttering the fenceline any more.
The kids and I are anticipating Halloween. (Mr. Brown has to go to class on Halloween, how sad is that?? I will miss him and he's not happy about being gone.) The celebration starts tonight: we're going the 'Zoo Boo' at the Detroit Zoo, which was a good time last time we went. Tomorrow is the church Trunk-Or-Treat, and then we'll carve pumpkins (the ones from my garden!) on Monday and trick-or-treat the neighborhood on Thursday. I love Halloween for the friendly, neighborly feelings that it generates around town.
I just found out from my boss this week that when my developmental assignment finishes in November, I'm being sent to work in the budget office for the Robotics Program Manager. It's supposed to be for four months, and we'll see what happens after that. I have no idea. Life is sure an adventure.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Nut Brown is on a different team this year and is enjoying soccer much, much more. His new coaches are very organized but very laidback at the same time. Mr. Brown and I really enjoy the games and all the yelling and cheering and our kids' satisfaction in their achievements as they play.
Bobo, for a long time, thought that balls existed to be kicked and so is a champion dribbler. Eventually he figured out that balls can be thrown and bounced as well, but he still dribbles the soccer balls a lot; it's super cute.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Here they are curing in the front window. I'm hoping that after the curing I can store them in the basement for a couple weeks until Halloween. (I picked them early because I was worried the rats that have been eating my tomatoes would find them.) The kids have already decided whose is whose, and have named them three times. The last time Nut Brown named them while he was memorizing a scripture for church, and they got named 'Might, Mind & Strength'.
It's a pretty piddly watermelon, but I didn't expect the pumpkin vine to take over the whole backyard like it did, and it pretty much overwhelmed the watermelon. Once I picked the pumpkins and tore out the vine, the watermelon revived and started flowering again, even though it's fall. Note to self: plant the watermelon away from the pumpkin next year. Maybe your melons will be bigger.