Well, I’m Back

…and I’ve got pictures.

I can’t say that I got a whole lot housework done while I was on my break, but here’s what did happen.

lilpump1.gifI made Pumpkin Girl a tomato hat.


lilpump1.gifI also started and restarted knitting a sock. But I don’t like the way it’s turning out, so I may frog it. I’m not sure I really like knitting socks. They seem to take forever and then when one’s done…you’ve still got to do another.

lilpump1.gifIt started raining and didn’t stop for four days. This is one of the puddles in our backyard.


It looks like Fall is really here to stay. I may have to make something with pumpkin.

lilpump1.gifSpeaking of pumpkin – I found another little piece of heaven on earth. It’s a pumpkin latte. Not from Starbucks. I have never been to Starbucks and have no plans to go. I just happened to find a recipe for pumpkin lattes in Susan Branch’s book, Autumn. It calls for pumpkin pie spice, which I don’t have. I do know that it’s just a combination of the typical spices used in pumpkin pie, so I did a quick online search for the proportions. In doing so, I found a recipe for homemade Starbucks-esque Pumpkin Spice latte. I combined the two recipes – using Susan’s list of ingredients, but heating it all on the stove together – and it was delightful. Save yourself a few bucks and make ’em yourself.

lilpump1.gifI had a really bad headache. So bad that in the middle of school, Boo said, “Maybe we should stop here.” So we did, and Boo and Pumpkin Girl went off to quietly do their seatwork while I rested. They did a wonderful job of being quiet and finishing their work, piling it carefully for me to review later. While they did that, Bip also set to work at the dining room table, making this lovely sculpture, which he calls, Puntins!


lilpump1.gifI got this:


No, not a new houseboy! A new Dyson vaccum. It does wonders on my worn out government issue carpets.

lilpump1.gifWe got to test out our family’s Halloween costumes at Boo At the Zoo. No one has guessed what we’re going as. Want a hint? Ok… (I’ll put the answer in the comments)

Philip to Boo: Boo, I am your father.
Boo: Nooooo!

More Mac and Cheese, please!


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