My random photos and mini adventures are piling up fast, so I guess it’s time for another Etcetera post! You might want to get comfortable, because this could get reeeeally long. O.o (Update: yep, it’s really long. XD) Are you ready for this? Are you set?
Some of our friends started a book club this summer and invited us to come. It’s been really fun so far! Last meeting we discussed The Hobbit. Most of the members also made their own costumes and brought hobbit food. 😀 I didn’t personally dress up, but I DID take pictures of everyone else’s costumes, so that counts, right? 😛
I hope you’re taking a moment to fully appreciate these AMAZING COSTUMES. :O
Isn’t this the cutest?
And here it is… behold, the Hobbit Feast! We had cram, honey cakes, stuff mushrooms, a strawberry tart, and lots more. YUM.
We have a MUCH smaller garden this year than usual, but we’re still getting a few things, like… tomatoes with chrysalises on them? XD I think it might be a swallowtail or monarch chrysalis.
Okra flowers are stunning! They look like a real domesticated flower, don’t they?
Cucumber flowers are lovely too.
Megan also has a flower garden with zinnias. They’re such pretty, cheerful flowers!
As you might recall from our best friends photoshoot, I recently got to meet my dear blogger friend Aria for the first time, and we had SO much fun together. The Sunday before they left, all the kids went on a Mule (UTV) ride through back pastures and lots of tall grass and brambles, which was rather crazy and extremely fun, and at the end we showed Aria and her brother this lovely stream on our property. And took pictures. 🙂
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The sandy banks are so soft and nice to walk on!
Jeff and Junior were throwing rocks in the water or bombing ships or something. XD
Before they left, we got this picture of all of us together. AHHH I LOVE IT.
I also made Aria and myself these BFF necklaces with clay and copper spray paint, since our nicknames for each other are Hippo and Giraffe. 🙂 It took a while to plan out how to fit the two animals together into a heart, but it was worth it. ❤
A while ago, our friends had extra blueberries and wondered if we wanted to help them pick in return for berries to take home. Of course we said YES. It was a lot of fun, and we got two gallon bags of blueberries to take home!
We ate some of the ones we picked, of course, and also some tasty frozen blueberries.
ALSO these absolutely delicious blueberry muffins!
We picked for them again while they were on vacation, and I got some neat pictures of the blueberries after the rain. 🙂
HA HA I LOVE THIS PICTURE. Carmen wanted to give Olaf a bath the day we took down the log cabin, after we found the kiddie pool.
My little sister Carmen trimmed off a huge tuft of Willow’s fur the other day. O.o The poor rabbit must feel so much cooler now! ALSO THAT LOOKS IMMENSELY STRANGE.
Dragonflies apparently like fallen walnut tree branches. I finally got some close-up pictures of them!
I was so happy to get this action shot!
A couple of days ago we went to a family reunion, which was at this sort of privately owned park back a path, behind an equipment dealer store. XD The strangest, neatest part about it is that there’s a cage back in the woods with peacocks in it! (Also wow, this picture looks creepy, or like a writing prompt or something. O.o Probably because of the awful lighting.)
There was just a male and female peacock inside this time. (Sometimes there are several.) The kids always like to see if they can get any fallen feathers from between the wires of the cage. We didn’t find any big feathers this time, but I did find two small ones!
Also, I have sad news: Snickers, our male rabbit, died the other day, we don’t know how. 😦 😦 *sniffff* He has sired several adorable litters of baby bunnies, and featured in several adorable pictures (and in this adorable bunny photoshoot). We’re planning to get another buck eventually so we can breed our does again, but we don’t know when yet…
Okay, let’s move on to something happier: like pie! I decided to try a chocolate cream pie because it looked hard, and I wanted a challenge. 😛 It was a little difficult, but it turned out pretty well. Also I discovered that MERINGUE IS GREAT. It’s so weird, but so… NICE.
My youngest brother, Jeff, loves to weld things, and he’s really good at it! He welded and spray-painted this cornstalk for Dad’s birthday. 😀 Isn’t it neat?
I was watering plants and just thought this would make a neat picture. 🙂
Ooh, I LOVE this spiderweb photo! Heh heh, because of the bokeh, of course.
And lastly, we shall end with these lovely, foggy pictures from about two months ago. I LOVE fog – it’s so mysterious and neat.
Well this isn’t exactly foggy… but I still like it. 🙂
Ahhh, I love this one! Corn, fog, and a sunset… *happy sigh*
WE’RE DONE. Goodness gracious, that was a long post. I would normally split it up, but I have so many post ideas and not enough time to post them that I tend to make longer ones when I do have time. 😉
Was this post too long or do you like it this way? (I won’t be offended if you think it’s too long – I want to know!) Ever been to a book club? Ever seen a peacock that wasn’t in a zoo? And if you have any favorite or least favorite pictures, I’d love to hear what they are!
Thank you so much for reading, dears, and please have a lovely day! ❤