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guess i took a summer break?


I came my website to check in and think about some updates I’d like to make and see that I haven’t posted anything new since June?! What in the world?! I do so apologize for the radio silence. I guess summer took hold and didn’t let go…which I am okay with actually. I do think of summer as a time to go outside and do things…have fun and be spontaneous. A lot of things got put on hold for a couple of months, and since I am on a perpetual teacher’s calendar – fall is as good a time as ever to hunker down and get refocused on projects, work, and priorities. So, here I am.

But first, here’s a little recap on what kept me away from this space:

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The creek/pizza in the cob oven. This was built on the farm last fall by some friends and family during the 4th Annual Mountain Run Jam, and was ready for some ‘zas by summer. And boy, they are quite good! Since I am gluten-free, I have to use a special crust that is never as good as I want it, but I’ve snagged a bite or two of “real” crust and man. I need to perfect that GF crust so I’m not jealous everytime. 😉


The lake. I spent a week at Smith Mountain Lake over July 4th to celebrate my niece’s birthday and then the traditional Independence Day fireworks show. It was so nice to be up there for this long – it’s the most time I’ve spent there since I was a kid and was able to remember certain things we used to do and places we used to go as kids which was so fun and good-feeling to think and talk about.


Petaline Trunk Show. New River Fiber Co. invited me up to Blacksburg for a Trunk Show in their knit & fabric shop. Holy moses, what a great space!! I set up my goods on an amazing wood table and hung around all day touching the most delicious yarn fibers. Really. That’s what I did. I enjoyed this type of setup and would definitely be into doing something like this again…as long as I can take this table with me….

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Hanging on the farm. I am so grateful that this is where I call home.


Family Beach Week. Every year, we pack up and head to Nags Head to put another tick mark on the tradition pole. It’s a total stress to get there (literally and physically), but once we do we surely make the most of it. Most days are spent with us lined up on the beach talking, reading, drinking, people-watching, eating, laughing…I’m even adding smoking cigars to the list this year thanks to my brother David’s recent trip to Paris. A couple other members floated in and out during the week, but I made it my mission to get a group shot this year. Even if it totally blurry and flawed…just like us. But we have fun anyway.

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Girls Trip to DC. My friend and I packed up for a weekend with my cousin in DC later in the summer. It had been a couple of years since I’ve been up here and forgot how fun it is to get off the farm and hit up a city. We had a great time trying out restaurants, walking around Georgetown, dipping in and out of places to grab snacks and/or drinks, and shopping. Everything I ate was quite delish and we had great weather for being outside when we wanted. I’d definitely like to go back soon…any recommendations for places to eat/drink/shop? I’d love to hear them in the comments!!


Back to the lake. We went back to celebrate Labor Day, but it was just for the long weekend. Fun, of course, but I’m definitely voting for more extended stays next summer. I never tire of the beauty of Smith Mountain Lake. If you’re in the area or looking for a vacation destination for next year, I would greatly recommend a visit.

…And then our farmschool started and here it is October. Time…such an annoying friend and a stranger at the same time.

I’d love to hear about some fun summer activities you took part in – let’s keep summer fresh for as long as we can!! Not sure if I’m quite ready for the cold…are you?

summer reading.


I have reconnected to a place deep within my soul where there lives a spectacle-donned bookworm. And I have to say that it is quite cozy in there. In my constant quest for simplicity throughout my body, mind, and soul, I made a pact with myself that I was not going to be purchasing any more books unless they are resource books that I want to keep on my shelves for reference. I am an avid buyer of books with the intention to read, read, read, but when they come home and hit the shelf, they seem to get lost in the shuffle. And it doesn’t matter if I haven’t finished the current book either. On any given day, I usually have 3-4 books going…which is quite the opposite of how I used to roll.

I don’t know if I was one of those kids that was read to at nap and bedtime – I was the last kid to come into a family of 3 boys + a cousin my parents raised. So, I’m not sure how much time there was for being read to…I’ll have to ask my ma. I just always remember reading. I read the whole Babysitters Club collection, pretty much every book Judy Blume wrote, moving into the Flowers in the Attic series + all other VC Andrews, and of course the loathed school and summer reading books. I went to a private school, so our list was quite long and full of the classics that, at the time, were super “boring.” But, I suffered through them about a week before school started and got right back into my pre-teen smut novels.

Jump ahead to mid-30s and I am happily getting back in touch with the part of my personality that seems to have been pushed back to make room for college, various jobs, and crazy life in general. I am diving head first into a summer reading program through my local library and bringing my niece and nephew along with me. Reading is one of those areas that my nephew struggled with, but he is totally stoked to be a part of the program and enthusiastic to get through the books so that he can put them on his list for prizes. As his teacher, I couldn’t be more on his team. I’m bringing them up to the library every Friday to the weekly programs, and they get to return their books, pick out new ones for the week, and get prizes! Win-win-win-win for them!

Damn, it feels good to be back here.

// I will be checking back in at the end of every month with progress and, I’m sure what will be, sarcastic reports on the books. I’d love to hear what you’re reading – please leave some recommendations in the comments! //