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Our 84 year old neighbor made the interesting point; that kids no longer get ‘home ec’ classes at school.  She worried that this made kids good at ‘books’ but not good at cooking, sewing, building.  I thought about it every time she came around with knitting needles and offered to show me how to ‘cast on’ again (I always forget this).  And learning from her is so much nicer than trying to watch a youtube video.  When a home-schooling friend posted to Instagram images of her daughter at sew-camp — I had to call in our local sewing master Loren to have a ‘sew camp of our own’ for a night.  The kids loved learning how to use a sewing machine; threading it and  making fun stitching patterns on fabric.  I hope to do it again soon!

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our friend Alice in Columbus OH area got us excited about this idea..

 

And our own attempt to a sew camp:
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Can you believe it’s already been a full year?  I can’t.

We are always excited to get out to see Carl and Tricia and now… new Angelo.  His first birthday was amazing; with hours of food and fun in the pool.  I think Angelo enjoyed smashing his cake more than anything else going on … happy birthday delicious little man!

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my brother chatting with clients and friends

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a pool during summer parties: dreamy

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“hmmm what’s dat?”

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“me like!”

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Bubby and her 5 sweet grandkids

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Well it seems our little muffin cannot tolerate gluten like some of us do.  We have to start a GF (gluten free) home and frankly, I’m somewhat excited to see how it may improve the health of all of us.  Surprisingly it’s a lot easier to do this than – say 10 years ago.  So much GF food is available these days and – as it just so happens – it seems Zoe is eating mostly GF anyhow (perhaps her body already knew?) She loves hard boiled eggs and seaweed for lunch, and balks at the idea of eating a sandwich with it’s bread – so half the battle is won for us.  It’s just new to my husband and I – who for years have said with pride “our kids will eat anything!”  Now sadly – our dumpling outings may be curtailed a bit – but all for a good reason.

This little trooper is done with tests and ready to eat gluten free!  And in the photo mix below; see her using my yellow sweater in a new way while snoozing in the car ride home from upstate.  (Sleeves as pants! This girl comes up with the most interesting ideas sometimes… )

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I could eat these little French fry toes: IMG_8776

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What can I say?  This museum impressed me more than I had expected it to.  I thought I’d be checking out old vessels and vases, perhaps some old dish ware and corning glass or Pyrex plates.  I was so wrong!  Not only did the history of the development of glass and fiber optics keep me engrossed, but then the gallery of modern art/design and hands-on glass blowing studios could keep me entertained for hours.  Check out the art here – http://www.cmog.org/collection/galleries/art-design.  The mile of black glass beaded rope by Liza Lou is incredible, as was the Chihuly .  I love seeing an age-old material be used in new ways like this!

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a Chihuly:

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a detail of the ‘Continuous Mile’ piece:
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crows pick over a fallen glass chandelier piece:
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frame made of white opaque glass: IMG_8683IMG_8685

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My husband had the brilliant idea (really, it was brilliant) to get up early and get to Watkins Glen State Park before anyone else got there.  Although I looked sleepy in photos and was exhausted by noon, it was great to walk the park before the throngs of tourists came.  The best part was: the sun hit the waterfalls in a way that created rainbows in several sections of the park.  As we descended near noon we found maddening crowds and a natural daylight that didn’t highlight the waterfalls like the early morning light had.  I’m glad we rose early!

Some info on Watkins Glen from wikipedia:

“Watkins Glen is south of Seneca Lake in Schuyler County in New York’s Finger Lakes region. The park’s lower part is near the village, while the upper part is open woodland. It was opened to the public in 1863 and was privately run as a tourist resort until 1906, when it was purchased by New York State.

The centerpiece of the park is a 400-foot-deep narrow gorge cut through rock by a stream – Glen Creek – that was left hanging when glaciers of the Ice age deepened the Seneca valley, increasing the tributary stream gradient to create rapids and waterfalls wherever there were layers of hard rock. The rocks of the area are sedimentary of Devonian age that are part of a dissected plateau that was uplifted with little faulting or distortion. They consist mostly of soft shales, with some layers of harder sandstone and limestone.

The park features three trails – open mid-May to early November – by which one can climb or descend the gorge.” 

Seriously isn’t this place amazing?!

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from behind the falls

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my husband getting shots

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I’m his sleepy muse at 7 a.m

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While the kids enjoyed Grandma and Grandpa’s house… my husband and I went to Keuka Lake and Seneca Lake to sip wine and relax.  It was pretty relaxing staying in a cabin that was so buried in the woods, we didn’t have wifi for several days.  Kind of reminded me of the days when we first started dating – no iPhone interruption! We let Louie our dog join us and I think he had a good time –

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taking over the kids’ seats while we drove

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gorgeous farm land along the way

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husband and Louie in a vineyard

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chilling while we taste

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“Ok guys, this is going too far!”

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We took off to upstate NY for the long fourth of July weekend.  Ezra and Zoe stayed with cousins and grandma and grandpa … they found a strawberry patch behind Aunt Becca’s house!  I don’t think I’ve ever eaten berries sweeter than this.  But we had to eat them quickly – no preservatives in these bad boys.  They got soft within a day.  They were just too tasty NOT to eat them.  After this picking session, my husband and I took off for wine tasting in the Finger Lakes region (more photos to come)!

 

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photos by Greg Kessler Photography.

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