Fall weather has finally arrived here in Small Town, PA! Of course it’s raining until Thursday, but at least the 90 degree heat and humidity are now a thing of the past (at least until Spring) – which means the fall colors will finally be able to start showing up!
We had quite the rainstorm last Thursday – wild, windy and wet. I kept checking the basement periodically since we’ve had flooding issues in the past, which is not fun. Poor Small Town Mommy wasn’t so lucky. Too bad she lives so far away or I would have gladly helped her clean up her basement since I’ve gotten quite adept at it with our basement flooding twice since we bought this house 7 years ago. Not an enjoyable task, but at least I could have supplied her with enough wine to dull the pain.
Speaking of wine, I’m still in the throes of winemaking – it is that time of year, after all. I got the apple wine from last year’s harvest all bottled, and it once again turned out extra yummy! The Apple Cinnamon Wine turned out better than I expected, I thought the cinnamon would have more of a bite, but it’s a nice subtle finish instead. Today or tomorrow I’ll be bottling the Blackberry Merlot, and next week the White Shiraz and the Mango Citrus Symphony the week after. The Niagra grapes I got from a friend are fermenting nicely – I’m looking forward to seeing how that wine turns out eventually, too. It can be a labor-intensive process (and tests your patience with some of the ‘hurry-up-and-wait’ modes), but it’s so worth it.
Since Princess Nagger’s school is always locked down tighter than any high-security building (you have to get three different clearances just to become a volunteer, and you can’t just ‘show up’ at the school if your child forgot something – you have to get ‘buzzed in’ and leave whatever it is at the office) every year they send out a special invitation for “Have Lunch With Your Child Day”. You RSVP on which day you can have lunch with your child, limited to 2 parents and no siblings, you show up 5 minutes before lunch, and leave immediately after, when they go out to the playground for their lunch recess (you can’t go out to the playground with them, you have to leave).
The hubby and I joined PN for lunch last year, and when the invitation was sent home last week, I was excited to plan accordingly. But Princess Nagger has asked us not to come have lunch with her. Whaaa? Apparently, after she had a mini-melt down last year when it was time for us to depart and leave her there, she has decided she doesn’t want to go through that angst again. *sniff* She’s banning us from “Have Lunch With Your Child Day”. I have to give her credit for being so ‘mature’ about it, though. Certainly didn’t expect that from a 7-year old!
Speaking of Princess Nagger, while I was writing this post, she came out to the Summer House with her dry-erase board that she had drawn a calendar on and made a ‘scedule’:
See those triangular symbols on some of the days? Apparently they’re the Tri-Force symbol – when I asked about it, she replied:
PN: “This is our calendar schedule. For instance, see the 4th here? Well, today’s the 4th, so that means we’re scheduled to play Legend of Zelda.”
Me: “Oh, we’re scheduled, are we?”
PN: “Of course, Mama! Wherever you see the Tri-Force symbol, that means we have scheduled times to play Zelda. You need to hurry up and finish your blog post so we can keep on schedule.”
And so I am. We have a ‘schedule’ to keep, after all. That’s it for this edition of RTT – head on over to see Keely, the one who put the ‘un’ in ‘Un-Mom‘, but I think she’s just trying to throw us off. Because she’s not ‘un’ anything that I can tell.
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