6 Things I Learned in August

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If you noticed I haven’t been around in, *cough*, awhile, it’s because of several different reasons–mainly busyness and vacation! I just got back from our vacation visiting Auntie and Uncle, and miss them and their mountains already. But anywho, I cannot believe it’s September now! August went by so fast. . . and September will too. But here are 6 things I learned last month:

1. My to-read pile is now longer than my arm. . .
And I still haven’t finished my long book I started a couple of months ago! There are so many books to read, and I just keep picking up more. I’ve been finding out, too, that I love reading non-fiction. I don’t usually read many non-fiction books (other than for school), but I have been more and more lately. Speaking of school, it’s starting soon for me, and there are so many books I want to read for that too . . . to quote Lemony Snicket:

“It is most likely that I will die next to a pile of books I was meaning to read.”

Book darts
Ever wonder what 50 book darts in one book looks like? (Book darts are one of my absolute favorite things now!)

2. It’s possible that I have a problem.
I brought home another box of books. From vacation. I seem to have this gift for finding book sales, and good books therein. This is my third Library book sale this summer. Ha! . . . Ah, what’s one more box of books?
Book sale box of books

3. I love hot pads. And traction.
For the last month I’ve been going to physical therapy and it’s been amazing. I can notice an actual difference on the days I go to P.T. Which is pretty crazy. Going on vacation, I bought an at-home traction set and a hot pad, forgot it at home *gulp!*, picked up another one on the way, and used it several times every day. It helped so, so much, and I’m still using it a couple times a day. Yay!

4. Foraging is fun.
I already knew this of course, but going back out to pick cherry-plums like last year confirmed it. I was having a lousy day, then I went and picked cherry-plums while listening to A Tale of Two Cities, and that made the whole day better.
Cherry-Plums

foraging

5. I can get along without wifi just fine.
In fact, I kind of like it that way. Write on my blog? Nope! Go 4-wheeling instead. Reply to emails? Non. Hiking, finding weird new plants, and freezing our feet in the river while hopping from rock to rock and laughing at (and with) each other. Check Facebook? Nada. Sit on the deck knitting and listening to a book while watching the sun set in the mountains.

6. I love muleback riding in the mountains!
Out of all the fun things we did on vacation, I think the last thing we did was my favorite. We went horseback riding in the mountains, and I got to ride the one mule in the group! We crossed a creek a couple times and got our feet wet (and the horses were big, so the creek crossings were a little nerve-wracking), went up a mountain through fallen trees and boulders, and I finally understand what Ralph Moody means when he says horses ‘crow hopped’. Plus, I’ve never ridden a mule. Her name is Huckleberry.
Huckleberry and me

What did you learn in August?

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