There is still time, on this beautiful fall Friday, for a small list of things that have been happening 'round here. We'll try for 5 on a Friday.
1. This beautiful watercolor is a picture of my barn, which no longer stands beside our house. I was so sad to see it go, and while I took pictures during the demolition, I haven't been able to put together a post about my barn. I called it my barn, because I was the last person to love it, but this barn, as barns do, had stories tucked away inside tall sliding doors and behind thick weathered beams. I hope to write about the barn someday, and this lovely painting might be the inspiration I need to do it. The painting is extra special to me because it was painted by Mrs. Glore, my elementary school art teacher. Thankfully, I took pictures while the barn was still standing, with the specific thought of having her do a painting. I love how it turned out.
2. Yesterday, we watched Matthew run in his last home cross country meet of the season. It is fun to watch my grandson run at the high school. My high school, my kids' high school, and what will (so soon!) be his high school. The middle school kids run there, and it is great to see so many kids working hard at something hard. And running is hard! I am proud of him every time he finishes a race, no matter his placing. Great job, Matthew!
3. After the cross country meet, it was time for kindergarten family fun night at Haleigh's elementary school. They started out in their classrooms, then took us to the cafeteria for the program. They entertained us by reciting nursery rhymes. Ella joined in from the back, waiting for the day when it is her turn to be on the stage. In the gym, they led us to some nursery rhyme themed activities, including building a wall for Humpty Dumpty. Andrew built a fine wall. :)
4. Jim had emptied all of the VHS tapes (yes, we still have VHS tapes) out of our TV cabinet when we got a new satellite receiver a few weeks ago. (We even have a DVR now!) Since the old tapes were stacked on the floor, I thought it would be a good time to do some sorting. In the process, I came across these 2 vintage gems. Hmmm…. wonder if they might be worth something some day??
5. It's harvest time around here, and this is the view from my front door of a harvested cornfield with hay bales in the back. I love the sights, sounds, and smells of harvest. I love the bright blue sky and the golden fields, the hum of the combine, and the sweet fragrance of the stalks as they are chopped clean from the straight, ripe rows. Please pray for the safety of our farmers during the harvest.
Here is one of my favorite farmers beside his #FarmerSelfie at the Indiana State Fair. (Not actual size, you'll notice.) As they say, he is outstanding in his field. :) Lookin' good, Andrew!