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August 1st, the first Harvest Festival

Thursday, August 01, 2013

So here I am fresh from the Irvington farmer's market a third week in a row and I finally found honey. Local and organic. There was a new vendor I hadn't seen before called Honey Locust Farm House. They are an organic farm in Newberg that I bought honey and peaches from. Finally local, organic honey. Now I'm even more excited for cooler weather, that means it's time for evening tea. The peaches were cheaper than the other farm I bought them from the past 2 weeks so we'll see how they taste. Right now Wright's farms is bursting with preserves in all sorts of lovely jars, perfect for gifts.

It's actually hard to believe that it's August now and the first official Harvest Festival of the year. It's when you're supposed to bake the first bread of the season with the early grain harvest. Right now there is such an abundance of fresh produce at the market tomorrow would be the perfect day to find a local one near you.

I also caught the #backontrack blog post for today. I think I'll use that this month. I always do a good job on vacation with food so I'm not worried about Mexico. This is really, truly the second half of summer now. Still so much time to enjoy the lazy days, but also time to look ahead at what will be coming along. New clothes for the season are certainly in order. I think a serious day at Woodbury Commons when I return from Mexico is the key. I can get there very early when the stores open and do some crazy shopping. I've been getting another bag ready for donation. I have one that I could say is full and now it's time to make a second one.

I wonder what's going to happen with work in September. One thing that is nice is that I get a little raise that I might actually see in my paycheck that will be a blessing this year. Wow, August. Caught me off guard, yet I was totally expecting it. Funny how that works. July really is a month to just void all responsibility and stress and release the entire year. August is when you start to build toward the new year. Even now the temperature has started to change, just a bit. It's been in the 60's at night, windows open sleeping weather. Nothing expected above the mid 80's for another week, every night in the 60's. Can't ask for much better than that. Now if I would only stop wasting all my time and get on my bike I'll look as good as the weather feels. I'm starting to realize I'm going to miss taking classes at Lehman and being on campus every afternoon for workouts and having the parking lot to use. I can't believe a year has gone by since I did that already. 2013 has decided to move it self along quite nicely. Lot's of fun, and not getting in the way, no real big bad bits and a lot of great bits to look back on and focus on.

Okay time to try to sleep a bit, have a great August 1st everyone!!!
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