Sandbars are appearing in the Missouri River
and a new summer sport is emerging, sandbar mining.
All sorts of shells and fossils are turning up.
The drought does have some joyful moments.
In August I am studying Wara/Tatami,
the sabi-ness of straw.
I love the idea of creating mats from grasses.
I love honoring plant fibers.
We continue to watch the Summer Olympic Games.
I read a bit during breaks.
"In China, it was jade that was awarded to champion athletes,
while gold was relegated to runners-up (a tradition honored at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, where first-place medals were plated with gold, as the International Olympic Committee rules dictate, but their reverse was inlaid with white jade.)
I am praying for rain.
I am learning how to manage in 100 degrees and drought.
It is Lammas today.
It is first harvest.
The corn crop has been lost.
shopping for an ice cream maker.
I am thinking of getting the ice cream maker
attachment for my Kitchen Aid.
I love the idea of making ices and sorbets and ice cream!
We set the tumbler up.
After a wee bit of a "miss" start we are finally tumbling rocks.
I am so pleased.
It takes three weeks of tumbling to have polished rocks.
I am hoping to keep on tumbling into the winter.
I want to to do a few mosaics
before I begin the kitchen back splashes.
I plan on using the rocks we have picked up on our travels.
I want to do fossils and treasured rocks for my back splashes.
It might take a few years of tumbling.
It is a rather small tumbler.
I can make some wonderful gelato while the tumbler tumbles.
My son sent me three small pieces of sea glass.
They inspired me. I live far from the sea but I do have a rock tumbler. I think it is time to start tumbling. I think it is time for me to make my own sea glass.
The days are hot. I garden in the mornings.
I have fallen in love with roses.
In the afternoons I am doing my research.
Come next spring I will be ready to plant.
I found a dragon for the side patio.
He shall sit under the Chinese Lilac.
I love collecting dragons.
I collect sand castles too......
and mermaids and seahorses and shells and all manner of
I am looking forward to collecting roses.