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What I'm thinking


I feel like I have stolen a half hour of time as I sit and write this all because of a carpool.

We have little tomatoes coming out of our ears.  Still.  I made all the big tomatoes into a sauce yesterday.  I baked bread again this morning.  We're having spaghetti and meatballs for dinner tonight.

I went to Nashville and have much to say about that, but I need time to write it all down.  Soon.

I don't have time to write it all down because I am leaving town again tomorrow.  When I come home this weekend, I am here for a good, long spell and I am thankful for that.

I have never seen so many butterflies as I have this summer.  I wonder why that is.

I have plans to update the shop with camera straps and other goodies the week of September 13th.  Exact date to be determined.  I'll let you know once I decide.

I am thankful for my friends.

I need a good book to read.

It just dawned on me that I forgot about something that needs doing before tomorrow.  Off I go.

See you soon.


michele (maryland)

I am on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and I agree-LOTS of beautiful butterflies and I am wondering why as well..


Butterflies in Marquette, MI too. We're attributing them to the loss of a favorite uncle who loved flora and fauna.


ditto on the butterflies! i thought maybe i just hadn't been paying close attention in previous years, but then i heard on npr that there actually are more this year. i was proud of myself for being so observant :)

minnesota:madre | Sarah Jane

Whew. We, too, have so much going on. Busy, but crazy. And I'm always a little anxious until school gets going. Hope you find some time to get all your things done!


We also have lots of butterflies here in Northern Virginia... my friend and I were just talking about them on Sunday and wondering why there were so many!


Read the Hunger Games yet? Ooo! - the "Little Britches" series from Ralph Moody - our absolute favorites right now! We've been listening to them on my hubby's ipod in the car.


I use this site to find some good books to read: http://www.whatshouldireadnext.com/

It is simple to use - just put in some books that you like and then it comes up with some suggestions.


Have you read 'The Forgotten Garden' by Kate Morton. My favorite book as a child was 'Secret Garden' so I might be prejudice! Currently reading for my book club and enjoying! Safe travels.


I love those little tomatoes. Our supply is almost exhausted and every time I pop one into my mouth I savor its sweetness. We too have had lots of butterflies this season. And moths too. And oodles of horn worms. YUCK! I'm excited to see what shows up in your shop. Glad to hear your thoughts. Hope you don't mind me sharing mine. :-)


Little Bee by Chris Cleave is an EXCELLENT book.


You must have all the butterflies over in your neck of the woods because I haven't even seen one in the Northwest this year! Lots of hummingbirds though......
I wish you were my neighbor - I would love to take some tomatoes off your hands. and I agree with Mona, Little Bee is excellent but be warned: it is very powerful and left me with nightmares and feeling in general ill toward mankind for a very, very long time. Maybe I'm just sensitive. May I suggest "This is Where I leave you" by Jonathan Tropper. It will make you laugh until you pee your pants. I mean that in a good way:)


I have heard more than one person say there've been more butterflies this year. I've noticed it myself. Seems like a sign...


I'm always behind the curve on books because I get everything from the library. I just finished The Help, the Gurnsey Literary and Potato Pie Peel Society and The Historian. Loved them all.


you're a busy lady. we've had a good tomato year as well. travel is good, but sometimes the staying for a stretch is good too!


it feels like we're all living in bullet point spurts right now, when did things get so busy??

Can't wait to hear about Nashville!


Have you read 'The Help' yet? It was SO good!

natalie @ our old southern house

it was so good to meet you last weekend. can't wait to see the pictures of your skirt--i loved the fabric. have a great trip!

Rachel at Stitched in Color

Hello, again. It was nice to meet you at the workshop. I seem to be one of the few that hadn't run across your blog before, so I'm glad to have found it.

I wish my tomatoes were still being friendly. I think mine have been claimed by the squash bugs. But after saucing 3 times, I was ready to be done!


We've had a boat load of butterflies and moths. As a matter of fact, I've been steady picking those little catterpillers off my herbs for the past month! They are just chowing down! Blech! Our tomatoes are almost done for the season. They sure were yummy!


Isn't it funny that I said to my husband a few months ago how I hadn't seen a caterpillar or butterflies for a long time. I was wondering why. When I was a kid I used to see them all the time.
Good book to read? I recommend two: HELP & HOUSE RULES


Ditto the butterflies. We have been inundated. Splendid.

Can't wait to hear tell of Nashville. There's been talk of a road trip.

As to books, I've not yet finished the one I started last shall. (I'm fairly certain you're not looking for YA reads, which is what I've been filling the gap with.) For shame.


We were just saying the other day that there are so many butterflies this year (here in the Philly burbs). Don't know if I've ever commented before, but have been following your blog for a while now - Love it!


Little Bee, The forgotten Garden, The hunger games are all good books. Just started One Day. Just bought Cutting for Stone. Its about twin sons of a secret love affair between an Indian nun and a British surgeon.


I just read The help, Little Bee, and Somewhere Inside and they were all amazing and I would recommend them all!


I'm with you about the butterflies, they are EVERYWHERE! I'm grateful though because I have a curious 2 year old on my hand and I love to have the chance to show them to her in her own backyard!


I just read The Passage, and couldn't put it down. It was long. But so good. If you're into apocalyptic vampire/epic journey books.


"await your reply" by dan choan or "let the great world spin" by colum mc cann. very different but both really good.

Penny Roberts

Hi there just thought that I would leave a note to say Thank You for the Twirly Skirt tutorial! I have just finished making one for my daughter and it is lovely! I am going to post about it on my blog (my blog is very new) and I was hoping that it was ok to tell everyone where I got the tutorial from. I think it is called a "link" to your site which I will put with the picture of the skirt? Thanks again!


You should read The Secret Daughter. It is really good. I bought the book at Costco.


Mmmm, Homegrown tomatoes, homebaked bread and Spaghetti and meatballs. Can I come and live at your house?

Erin | house on hill road

Fatty just read that, too! He really liked it, but it's not my cup of tea.


We have a mutual friend, Shannon Hesse.. she is a trip and told me about your blog!! I love it! My mom showed me how to knit the last time she visited but I'm not sure it is my cup of tea... will have to pick it up again. Have fun in Nashville, one of my most favorite places! We travel there often for swim meets :o)


i want to hear all about your adventures!!!


love hunger games. reading mockingjay at this moment.


i also in The Help and Hunger Games trilogy. The Glass Castle is one i have read lately that i enjoyed....it was so very sad and hilarious at the same time.

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