I didn’t really have a vacation this summer. Since we don’t have kids in school, I usually try to plan trips more off season. My morning blog reading/writing time was curtailed for quite a while by lace. No, not that kind of lace – this kind:
I have never seen a Japanese beetle in Minnesota before this summer. When I fount the first one back in July I thought it wasn’t possible because they can’t live here. Hah. I took on the little rat b#$st$%rds every morning and evening, and other times during the day when I was around. Eating the roses was bad enough, but the real battle was to save the raspberries. The crop is diminished, but at least we are getting a small bowl each morning. Nothing like last year’s generous crop, however. This is part of one morning’s slaughter:
The bonus was spending early morning looking closely at leaves and plants. I saw several varieties of butterflies spreading their wings to dry. I took my phone along one morning and saw this fellow drying out:
My favorite varmint hunter came for a week. (I took the bug picture to send to him.) He didn’t catch anything good this summer, but he did build me a ‘homeland garden security system’ which involved sticks, string and lots of imagination. He rescued a giant snapper from becoming roadkill out near the barn:
and learned to cook Pad Thai.
We also rode horses, flew kites, went to a bowling birthday party and watched many, many episodes of Mythbusters. Motto for the week? “When in doubt, C4!” I went to the State Fair and saw some beautiful knitting. (Check out the State Fair Goddess, Ms. Rainey.) Really, though, could they get some new mannequins?
And this was part of the textile arts – I’m not sure which category.
I have been knitting and knitting. I can’t show some of it, but I’ll post on this photo shoot next:
Hope your summers (winters) were eventful as well.