July is a busy month around the farm... generally us Mainers feel like summer is quickly coming to a close when the 4th of July hits... which is absurd but that's how I've felt this summer. We had a lovely weekend with family around the farm and at the lake; turns out I have 2 children who LOVE the water... Johnny sat on the shoreline and just splashed while Audrey played with cousins, swam with Dad, and started her career as a game fisher-woman by catching sunfish with her uncle and grandfather.
At the homestead, though, Mr. Meanie is working his tail off finishing up the cedar shingle siding and building the back deck. We are still up-in-the-air about what to do with the back deck; I would love to enclose the area with a fence to keep the humans in and the chickens out (boy, they sure love to poop). I imagine this area to have some landscaping, a kitchen garden, and maybe some natural playthings for the kids... but we'll see.
The garden is growing! After some much needed rain last weekend everything is growing... weeds included! I've pulled piles of weeds out of the garden and while some seeds didn't germinate (basil?) everything is looking great. I've set a goal to eat ALL OF THE LETTUCE from the garden, so we have had salads every night and I've just harvested all of the scapes to make pesto. There's a huge pile of them so I will freeze them for winter, too, and think I can make a yummy scape butter to use on bread and when roasting chicken.
I am busy sewing... I am so close to finishing all of the customs from my shop. Just one more, very detailed custom left and then I will be free to sew for the Blueberry Festival where I will be a vendor. I've sewn up a few dance outfits for Audrey too and while she looks quite fashionable I am not sure if she likes dance. Whenever I say, let's go to dance! she replies "NO DANCE!"... hmmm. We'll give it one more week and hopefully she'll fall in love or at least enjoy it a little.
I also made myself a "momma's night out"-fit" that I will wear for dinner and a show with a friend. We are both surprising ourselves with new outfits, I mashed up this pattern with this one, bought the fabric from here and here, and this literally took 30 minutes to sew. I will create an entire post about this later on.
And lastly we had Audrey's cousins down for the weekend. Aurelia turns 6 in a few days which is so hard to believe, but true! We had a small birthday party for her and I made a cake, from scratch, which no one ate since it turns out that cake is passe... Oh well, they still had fun and I found out that I could eat an entire 2 layer cake in 5 days. The last day was difficult but I managed. Anyway, we had a great time with the girls, they are all growing up so fast. And the kids had a fun time picking out fabric and I made them shirt dresses and leggings.