august is leaving

The days of August are racing by.  I can hear apples dropping in the backyard and the sound of cicadas rising early in the day.  Cricket song deep in the afternoon signals the end of summer for me, and social media confirms that friends are heading out to the shore for last weekend beach renewal.  DSCN8870Thoughts of the Grey Lady have sustained me this past year.  The knowledge that I will return to Nantucket in September with my sister is a dream coming true.  Getting the animal care in place is tricky this year, but I will persevere!  I wish that I could bring Tula with me, but she is going north to spend the week with a puggie relative where she will be happy.DSCN8858What a mug! She likes her puppy chews and I have to wash her whiskers when she finishes.  She’s a clown with a set of mighty incisors!  She is changing every day now – growing bolder, more vocal and sometimes sweeter.  DSCN8866DSCN8862DSCN8877DSCN8878The projects that need completion are piling up!  I’d love to be able to post one finished item!  Instead, a baby quilt for young friends who are expecting.DSCN8864  I have been thinking about what it means to have an academic year position.  Every spring my excitement mounts as I anticipate the 10 week break.  After the first few weeks of bliss, I find myself struggling to stay in the moment.  I feel miser-like with my time, doling it out gingerly, protecting it like a hoard.  I have to remind myself to breathe, to enjoy, to go with the flow.  Today I will make a short list of the things and places that I have wanted to explore this summer and then get started!  First up – apple cider.  I don’t know how to make it, but I’ve always wanted to.  We have old trees that have not been sprayed in years and though the apples are small, it seems to me that they would make a wonderful cider.  Any and all suggestions on how to proceed are welcomed!

About jody

mother of two amazing individuals, daughter, sister, artist, partner - devoted to knitting, quilting, gardening,writing,painting, reading, sewing, longing to live by the sea
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4 Responses to august is leaving

  1. Nantucket in the fall sounds like a dream. Just scrolling through your photographs of quilts after beautiful quilts is so calming and make me remember a time when my heart would race over fabric and patterns. Have to get back there- somehow!


  2. pratima says:

    Your puppy is adorable with extra whiskers and curious expression! Gorgeous eye catching colors in the patchwork, it will be fun to finish them up as days get chillier. Enjoy last days of August, Jody!


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