The last one is the easiest update of all--beyond pulling a few weeds, putting out some mums and removing summer's tired-out plants, the gardens are pretty much over. We still have peppers coming on and a enough tomatoes to keep us until frost, but other than that the gardens are over for this year. It's disappointing because I usually have fresh veggies clear into October. Not this year. The late summer drought and intense heat did the gardens in. Larry made cider and grape juice in the press, and we have bushels of apples put away to make apple butter soon; a few pears are hanging on and there are grapes to eat. Right now all we can do is look to the spring to start afresh.
I had a bit of a break when I got back from my trip, and we took one evening to head up to the Gathering at Sweet Creek for some good old-time music. It was good to hear Mack Samples, a fellow Two Lane Livin' columnist, playing with his band.
Our son Aaron joined us that evening, so we got some visiting mixed with the good music. What a nice time that was!
The following Monday I was so fortunate as to join Heidi Muller to present a program of dulcimer music and storytelling for the Road Scholar program at Cedar Lakes in Ripley. Heidi lives in Oregon but makes the annual trip to teach this workshop and I get to join her for one evening's presentation. I was too busy talking and telling to take any photos!
I presented an afternoon and an evening program and in between and around them I visited with my oldest son and his family, and with my sister Judy and her family. Good food, good people, good fun!
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