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Archive for August, 2014

It’s been ten months since we moved into our house, and we are very close to having experienced a full cycle of seasons at our home. I think it’s fascinating to see the yard progress through the year for the first time; each season is a surprise of blooming plants, changing leaves, and curious wildlife. It isn’t fall yet, but summer is winding down and hints of an upcoming new season are upon us.
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Now that it’s the middle of August and back-to-school season, it is sadly apparent that summer is beginning to wind down (oh, woe!). However, we still have plenty of warm and sunny days, and to celebrate the remainder of growing season, I thought I would share a late summer garden update to let you know how things fared in our yard this season.

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It’s been a really, really long time since I shared a recipe on the blog. It’s probably because my cooking habits seem to change drastically during the summer, when I’m not as excited to fire up the oven when it’s 100 degrees outside. But that doesn’t mean I can’t find some great new recipes to try during the warmer months. In fact, today I’m going to share one that is simple, tasty, and perfect for warm afternoons.

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This weekend, Bart and I got to experience something we had never done–or even considered doing–before. Our friend’s birthday was this past week, and she and her husband invited a number of us out into rural Virginia for an evening of polo games. When I first got the invitation, I was unsure about exactly how enjoyable this evening might be. But they are our good friends, and we figured we could at least have a good time visiting with them regardless of the activity, so we said, polo? Yolo. And we accepted the invitation.

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One hundred months ago (that is, eight years and a few months, but who’s counting), I purchased my very first new car. My parents helped me get the cars I drove before that, which I greatly appreciated, but my 2006 Pontiac G6 was the first car I got to pick out completely on my own, and it served me well for 113,500 miles. However, it was racking up the miles and probably on the cusp of some significant repairs, so Bart and I debated over the course of quite a few months what we should do. After much deliberation, we decided it was time to turn over a new page and look for a new vehicle.

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In retrospect, my Switzerland travelogue has waxed longer than I initially expected. I didn’t expect to stretch it out over four posts, but we saw so much during our time there that I wanted to give adequate coverage to the highlights. I had planned to post the last installment before our trip, but since the trip got moved up, the post got moved back. I hope that you aren’t weary of cheese and chocolate, because, without further ado, I will now wrap up my overview of our Alpine adventure with a look at French Switzerland.

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