Saturday, my mom, daughter and I got together at my aunt's house with a bunch of cousins. First, second, third, I know there are removals in there...anyway, several generations of cousins, ranging in age from three months to, well, one is a grandmother (though it hardly seems possible)! I think there were ten of us in all, with Steven, a teenager, being the only male. Poor boy, he was so outnumbered. It was such a fun gathering! You can read more about the kids' adventures and see pictures on my mom's blog here, and my cousin Sue's blog here.
Later that afternoon, it was unfortunately time to "scuttle the garden". Not totally destroyed, it only looks that way when we're done. Most of the plants are perennials, and finished blooming for the season, they need cut back for winter. They are safely asleep now, and we'll see them again in the spring, but it sure is hard on my heart having to do this necessary maintenance each year. We left a few things that are still blooming, and when they are done, we'll take care of them also. It's a large flower garden, so it takes quite a lot of work and time to get it all cleaned up, but we had mild temperatures and sunshine, so that made being outside for a few hours very pleasant.
|The late spring summer garden|
|Getting ready for winter's long sleep|
Sunday was truly more of a day of rest. After church, I made a very simple lunch of soup and biscuits, Megan finished her homework, and the rest of the day was pretty lazy. Naps happened, which are always a treat. It's always nice to just have a mellow afternoon and evening before the work-week has to start up again.