This year, as it turned out, even though we've been empty nesters for three years, Joe and I actually did take our daughter Lucia, who's beginning her senior year at the University of Vermont, out for school supplies. We were already buying her rugs and curtains and other essentials for the new apartment in which she'll spend her senior year. There, at the back of the store, near the curtains, were the school supplies. And because we were there and Lucia needed them, Joe and I did get to buy Lucia's school supplies with her for what will probably be the last time ever.
We could tell how she'd matured. This time, she was looking for the best deal, not the snazziest stuff.
A week later, middle daughter Leah made another transition, moving from one part of Brooklyn to another, Park Slope to Greenpoint.
|Goodbye, Park Slope|
|Here's Leah's moving crew|
|We may not be experts, but we're cheap|
|Leah's enamored of the spacious feeling in her new apartment|
|And her view of the Manhattan skyline isn't bad, either: the Empire State Building on the left and the Chrysler Building on the right|
The result: summer in winter.
In another harvest activity appropriate to this season, I also harvested chard from one of my two deck planters and used it to make Swiss Chard with Chick Peas.
|Swiss Chard with Chick Peas. What could be more satisfying than a meal harvested from my own horticulture?|
When the chard was gone from the planter, I replaced it with a flowering kale, a pink chrysanthemum, and a dark, purple-black ajuga called Ajuga Black Scallop
|Same planter, new plants: getting ready for fa|
Having accomplished all those things, I can now turn my attention toward another coming transition: spending the month of September at a cottage in Eastham, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. There I plan to do lots of art, take lots of bike rides, eat lots of seafood, and walk on the beach. Getting ready for it now!