The frenzied countdown is on. The time for reading, and procrastinating my lesson planning and cleaning is over. Tomorrow I head back to school for teacher meetings, so let's face it, I'm back to work!
Although I've been reading to try to beat the jet lag that killed me last week, the majority of my time has been spent cleaning my house, shopping for school clothes and such, getting in those last minute doctor appointments, and organizing those last few rooms that I didn't get around to last year. I'm sad that my mother has had to face down all this chaos with me, but how nice is it to have family around to help? I love her to bits, and was happy to have another family member come and help us build shelves today.
So, here's what my return home to the mainland has entailed:
First we canned raspberry jam. We found some beautiful berries at a local farmers market not long before they were going to close. The price was pretty decent, and the jam turned out amazing! Now, what to do with 23 jars of the stuff?
We also canned green beans. To be honest, my mother loves to snap beans, so I saw her eyeballing this box of beans at the farmer's market. We brought them home and canned about 20 more jars of yummy green beans. Looks like I'll have some good stuff over the winter!
Finally, the real miracle of my summer. We finished building and putting up shelves in my garage, under my stairs, and in my office. I wouldn't dream of recording, permanently what the stacked boxes looked like in my office, but I will say it was pretty bad! Now, I have two more lovely bookshelves filled with books to add to the three already up (and full).
What about you? What have you been doing to wrap up the summer? Yes, I know. We can't wait for Mockingjay! Anything else you've been doing? :)