Summer stuff + news + garden update

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If you’re not new to the blog (if you are – hi!), you know that I share monthly recap posts, with thoughts on life or whatever I think stood out in the month that ended. I didn’t do that over the summer. Not on purpose at first, but as the summer months, very hot I have to add, went on I felt I had nothing new or interesting to say. Summer seems to bring everyone out of their caves, but on the other hand it seems to be the calmest time of the year, like life is put on pause.

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Well, the monthlies are back now, a little late this month. I have to say that June and July were both very calm and simple. When the heat waves hit I spent days hiding inside, with icy water in my hand and a fan on the floor. The cats, miss Fergie, Peggy, and Kim, hated the heat too. They kept looking for cool spots on the floor, slept through most of the days and were most busy during the nights.

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And then August happened. After two slow months everything became crazy during August. My camera broke. When what you do on a daily basis involves a camera, not having it sucks! Big time! Between the unrealistic repair time and the cost of repairing it, I came to the conclusion that it just wasn’t worth it.  I got a new camera body instead, on sale, the same as the one that broke. Funnily enough, the lady at the shop told me this was a good move and better than fixing the old camera.

As this shit with the camera was happening I had one of my wisdom teeth removed. That was annoying to say the least, but at least I forgot all about my broken camera for a day or two. I couldn’t even eat with a teaspoon on day 1. And then I nervously measured my mouth every day to see if it really was opening more and more. This seems totally crazy, now as I write about it, but it made perfect sense just a few weeks ago. The crazy in me has now gone away and the wound is healing nicely.

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One really great thing that happened in August was that my grandparents (on my mom’s side) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary! How crazy is that?! They renovated their house just in time for it and then had us all over for a feast. They’ve both dealt with so much loss in their lives that seeing them still stand strong after all these years is really beautiful. Life is never easy, but it’s nice to have someone to share it with.

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One of the things I admire every time I visit them is their garden. I’m probably forgetting a lot, but this year they’re growing leeks, lettuce, raddichio, Swiss chard, garlic, onions, beets, carrots, potatoes, two kinds of beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, parsley, chives, strawberries, apples, khaki, they even have a watermelon (for the first time) and of course Concord grapes. And a lot of flowers of all different kinds. They’re my Oma’s version of pets.

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Now to the news, although from September: I got Snapchat! I was completely against it just months ago, but love it now. Forget the boob pics and all that drama, this is actually a fun app. I enjoy seeing the personal bits from people I otherwise follow online, like other food bloggers or photographers.

And the other feature I love are the so-called live stories. They are collections of stories (videos or pics) people post to Snapchat that anyone can see and they’re thematic. I’m currently really loving all the snaps people are posting from Bali, New York fashion week (a lot of behind the scenes stuff!) and from College Football games. We don’t have College football here, which makes these snaps super fun for me! If you want to add me, my username is mitzyathome. Get ready for a lot of cat snaps.

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I am so ready for Fall, are you?

I want to eat anything and everything with apples, I want butternut squash soup, I want to walk on roads covered with leaves, snack on roasted chestnuts, carve pumpkins and watch a bunch of scary movies.

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Favorites:

& Other Stories Fig fiction body soufflé and mist
I am completely in love with this scent. I know it’s not a new one, but I finally bought some products and now I’m just dying over them.

Watched:
Jurassic World
Really enjoyed this movie. I think it was fun to watch, and I loved all the animal stuff done by Chris Pratt (like him clicker training the dinosaurs).

Gilmore Girls
Finished the whole series, again! I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it. Over the years I’ve seen the whole show five times now, which sounds excessive but I just really love it. I did notice that my view of the characters has slightly changed with my age, but overall I really love the show, its writing and the characters. It’s a smart and timeless. And perfect to start watching again during the Fall!

Cravings:
This wonderful homemade créme fraiche from Canelle et vanille.
A Cozy Kitchen’s big ass doughnut. Seriously, how adorable is that cake?
It’s not just the stuffed courgette flowers that I want, I want to crash this whole gathering.
This sweet potato salad by The First Mess. Lots of doggy cuteness included.

Garden update

Oh boy, when I posted that first post I really thought I could share something every month. But things aren’t going as planned.

I transplanted the seedlings to bigger pots, I water them as needed, they get enough light, but they are growing very slowly. At this point the basil seems to be the most successful and I think I’ll soon be able to use some. The oregano, parsley and mint are growing very slowly. I don’t really know what the problem is, but they’re just not loving my kitchen. I guess I’ll just have to wait to see what happens. I’m learning as I go.

summer stuff - garden herbs update

summer stuff - garden herbs update

Happy September guys!

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