The girls gathered black walnuts from around the yard. When we drive out, I have spotted many walnut trees on the side of the road, with all the fallen walnuts being crushed under the tires of moving vehicles. I don't usually eat these walnuts, but since my girls went through all the trouble, I might as well learn how to work these nuts. Our walnut trees are old and gnarled with dead branches, so they didn't have very many nuts. They may be cut down next year to make way for new growth.
Fooling around with the baby after dinner. I caught Baby's smile on camera! Beef Stir-fry was on the menu tonight.
During the summer, every night after dinner, we all went outside. We dump the days' worth of peelings and coffee grounds into the compost bin in the garden. I'll take down the laundry, the husband takes our leftovers to the "bird table" where the outdoor cats scavenge the meat bits and then whatever is left goes to the birds and the occasional opossum or skunk. Cooler nights have put a stop to the nightly outdoor fun, but the peelings still need to be disposed of and laundry still needs to be taken down. You can see lots of apple peelings here from all the apple-ly foods I have been making.
One of the things I love about hanging clothes to dry outside, is they get folded as I take them off the line. I sort between family members as I go and also sort by how they get put away in the drawers:: I take down the girls' skirts and pants first, then the tops, then lay the dresses on top since they get hung in the closets. Then I do my husbands' clothes, and then mine. Makes putting them away a cinch and I don't mind doing it so much then. I don't mind doing the laundry, but having to fold and put away when I use the dryer is such a chore. Line-drying works so much better for me, the only negative that I can see, is having to get up earlier in the cooler weather for maximum drying time.