Friday, September 23, 2016

Fall. Day 2.

There is a 40 degree difference between Monday’s high and today’s!

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Our air-conditioner went out on Sunday. I was able to slug through the next near-90 degree days (83 inside our house) only by looking repeatedly and hopefully at the weather app on my phone and its projected weekend weather. Finally it is here. And it has not disappointed! It rolled in yesterday (the first official day of fall) with highs in the low 60s and a tremendous rain-storm (hail and a tiny tornado touch down for my siblings 20 minutes from here) that has continued off and on for the last 22 hours.

(Note: these pictures – eager to be seen, and breaking up text pleasantly as they are – have nothing particularly to do with this topic.)
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It arrived with spicy sausage and potato soup (the kids weren’t too big on the “spicy” [sissies] Winking smile), cut up peaches from our nearby, Perry fruit stands, and a chilly walk (wherein Mike gentlemanly insisted I wrap myself up in his Carhartt coat as he often will) up the street to watch our local high school’s Homecoming parade (and to send Abe off with friends for his first big “bonfire the night before the Homecoming game” . . . thing).

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And today? I kept the windows open (so we could hear and smell the rain) until our house was near-freezing. Then, after doing several things that absolutely needed doing around here, I dumped out a bucket of toys, grabbed a pillow and a blanket, and threw myself down next to them in a state of exhausted half-sleep. I knew that if I was right there the little people wouldn’t lose interest as quickly as usual. And I was right. Anders piled four blankets next to me (from what I could gather in my sleepy state, he was a koala and those blankets were his koala tree . . . ?). Mette seemed completely content crawling over me – back and forth, back and forth – occasionally stopping on the toy-pile side of me to play for a bit (which I slept remarkably well through – except for when she would crawl over my head [then I slept slightly less well]). And Summer loaded a Scooby-Doo Mystery Van with an odd conglomeration of figures and drove it about.

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By the time I roused myself the house was in shambles, the girls’ needed diaper changes and naps, and Summer had snuck into the basement and pulled out about fifty small bags of chips from the kids’ school lunch supplies. But! It was still raining. And now the older kids will be home soon. . . . And, if I’m lucky, I will be able to talk one of them into making pumpkin chocolate chip muffins to go with dinner!

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Nicely done, fall!

5 comments:

Kara said...

Oh, that makes me tired.

Montserrat Wadsworth said...

I just love seeing all the candid pictures of your family! I pulled out my real camera today for the first time in a long time and it was fun to take pictures of my kids playing. I need to do better than just what I capture on my phone.

P.S. We have the same phone case!

Nancy said...

I know! I even love taking pics and I still default to my phone most of the time. It's just so fast and convenient. And the phone case. It makes me chuckle because I don't know how anyone can manage to not break their phone without a big rubber case on it! I've broken enough phones that when I got this one two plus years ago Mike made sure to get me this case. Lucky thing because I have dropped this so many times! :)

Marilyn said...

I want to eat that Mette! And oh how I know that feeling. Half-sleeping on the couch while who-knows-what goes on around you, but not even caring, if you can just drift off for a few more minutes. And I don't even have any babies waking up at night right now! I love that picture of your Abe looking intently over your shoulder. Who was taking those photos?

Nancy said...

Daisy took them! She asked to play around with my camera so I just put it to a fairly decent setting and told her she had to focus well . . . on what she wanted to be in focus. But then today she wanted to again so I probably actually should start teaching her how to change settings to achieve different things. What fun that would be!

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