Sunday, October 5, 2014

Rain, Rain, Go Away...

In the children's rhyme it's "rain, rain, go away, come again another day".  For us though after several weeks straight of daily rain and in some cases record rainfall of over 10 inches in one day, combined with hot temperatures that have made it very humid we were ready for a break and desperately desired the temperatures to better reflect this Fall season we are supposed to be in.

Water pooling in my front planting bed

Yesterday, was the first real break in heavy rainfall and then last night the temperatures fell down into the 60's!!!  It feels amazing outside and in addition to us celebrating, it's as though all of nature,
plants included, are enjoying this wonderful change.

Side garden with fewer plants since I cleared out the older items and have started seeds for my cooler weather plants that will go in here.

Tower and VGS systems 

Jalapeno peppers


I went out to check on my garden and saw the pepper plants that have been hanging low with the heat or heavy drenching, standing upright and full of peppers.  Our papaya's are getting large and will be ready for picking soon. The tower gardens are beginning to produce again, after clearing out most of the old plants and then cleaning and replanting them with the cooler season lettuces.

In the back yard toadstools and mushrooms dotted the yard.  These short lived fungi are really fascinating in their detail and coloring.

Amazing details, almost looks like it has a fringed edge on this toadstool

We've all been busy with projects inside with the rain, but this nice weather has allowed us to venture out and take advantage of the sunshine without the heat,  I've been doing more of my stitching pieces, here's a sample of one.  I'll do a blog post later featuring these specifically.

Beads, buttons and ribbon flowers decorate this small ornament

Cameron has school assignments due and was drawing at the table initially, but can now go outside for subjects to draw for his class project. He's out back drawing now as I type this blog.

Learning cross hatching for shading as he has to do a pen drawing of a crumpled paper bag

The girl's have spent a lot of time, once school work is finished, making crafts and today is no different.  They continually make furniture, clothes, decor and food for their dolls regularly going online for  tutorials that give them ideas and how to videos.

Kevin's begun the restoration process of the Model A installing the ignition switch and battery he purchased.  In between this he's been roasting more coffee to renew our supply of coffee beans.

Colombian roast done, and House blend ready to roast

New battery installed and ignition switch is in.

The change in weather has been a welcome one, and we're hoping this signals the beginning of more of the same for awhile. Still, rain or shine we'll all keep busy with our various interests.

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