Currently.. is hosted every month by Anne in Residence.

Didn’t I just write my August post? Sure feels like it. And yet, here we are in September already. Time is moving so weird this year.

Appreciating: my family – despite still distancing from them, we are still strong and united. We continue to support each other, and work as a community as much as we can. How we do it is a little different than normal, but we are working out ways. My brother and my mom have bubbled, as my brother and his wife work full time and my niece is going to be homeschooled, so my mom is on the job. My brother is helping my mother out in her home when something goes wrong, and if he needs to know how to do it, he calls my husband, who is usually the fix-it person. In return, I am coordinating all of my niece’s homeschooling, pulling together the lessons and resources and curriculum, and we are even having chat meetings to discuss materials needed for the weeks ahead and what the lessons will be covering. We are a team! And because I am me, I have given a name to our school – James Herriot Primary. I didn’t know how Wyatt’s transcripts would look in the future with our homeschool year, and I wanted to have a name in case it was needed. I am new to this whole thing! And I want to give a shout out to my dad as well – he lives farther away but has helped in his own ways. He and my stepmom drove an hour and half to drop off McDonalds to Billy and I at the hospital then turn around and head back home.

Anticipating: The changing of the seasons, from summer to autumn. These past weeks have been muggy and damp and hot, and I have not enjoyed them. I can feel fall in the air, and have even spotted evidence of it in the leaves on the trees and the ripening of the pumpkins growing in our garden. I am looking forward to jeans and boots and warm drinks on chilly nights, cozy mysteries, backyard fires, and more hikes in the woods.

Collecting: Random nature bits – hopefully by the time this post goes up my husband will have hung my awesome printer tray turned shelf for all of our little finds: acorns, rocks, an almost perfect yet empty robin’s egg, a blue jay feather, chestnuts.. whatever strikes our fancy and fits in our pockets for the most part. I am also building quite a collection of family/parenting/education type books! Some standout favorites are The Call of the Wild and Free, Awaking Wonder: Opening Your Child’s Heart to the Beauty of Learning, and Adventuring Together: How to Create Connections and Make Lasting Memories with Your Kids.

Starting: School! My son started kindergarten this week here at home. A different situation and beginning than we had ever imagined, but that is ok. We can do this! We are also working on some room redos – repainting the family room and freshening it up, and completely overhauling the office. And our house is not the only one getting a new look and a refresher – Harry our gecko is getting new digs this week too! We have been doing a lot of research and she will hopefully soon be enjoying her new bioactive enclosure! We are just waiting on everything to arrive! It will be bigger and have a much nicer atmosphere and substrate.

Finishing: Old projects! My hubby finally hung the shelves in my son’s room that I’ve been wanting him to hang for quite some time. Otherwise not too much – we are starting more right now than finishing anything.

How about you guys? Anything you are appreciating, anticipating, collecting, starting or finishing?

18 thoughts on “Currently..September

  1. I LOVE the name of your school! Do you know newly produced episodes of All Creatures Great and Small will begin on PBS in January? I can’t wait!

    It all sounds good, Erin. Me? I’m anticipating seeing friends in a distanced dinner or lunch next week and most of everything else is continuing. (I am collecting acorns on my walks!)

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  2. Carolyn

    You guys ARE a team, Erin, and it’s so inspiring! My brother is going through a very sad divorce right now, and there’s nothing I’d love more than to be near him. (And I LOVE the name of your school, BTW. Love it. So sweet.) And what a really lucky niece… 🙂

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  3. Oh, your pumpkin is so pretty!!! Next year, I am absolutely growing pumpkins. Love the green and orange, and the color of the leaves around it. So FALL!

    You guys are certainly a great team. My daughter and I are teaming up, too. Although we both get out some, and my granddaughters have started back to daycare, I am also helping care for them. And we share some cooking responsibilities. Shop some for each other.

    Harry? Harriet?? is one lucky gecko to be getting a new home. We always had bunnies and kept getting them bigger and bigger bunny condos.

    Love the name of your ‘school.’ Hope it is a great school year.

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    1. Thank you! It was so fun to grow pumpkins! It was my first time and I love checking the progress. Lol. It is going to be so fun at Halloween to have one from our own garden.

      Family needs family more than ever right now! It sounds like you all are a great team too!! 🙂 It’s a hard time but think of the stories your grandchildren will tell about this year and how you all worked together.

      Lol Harry is definitely a Harriet, but we named her Harry before we knew her gender and it stuck. Lol.

      And thank you! I have loved James Herriot my whole life and I am excited to share him with my son. We are going to start reading the stories for kids this year together. 🙂


  4. It sounds peaceful over your way. The way each person in your family is chipping in to help others is very sweet.

    I never kept a gecko in my school library, though I think I had just about every other creature. I think we will need photos when Harry’s new home is ready.

    Glad fall is coming your way. I keep hearing that we are getting a cool front next week, and that’s exciting for us.

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    1. Thanks Deb. 🙂

      We love our Harry! Lol. She is actually really easy to take care of, which is nice. I had never had a non cat or dog pet before, so it has been a fun experience. 🙂 Leopard geckos are very similar to cats, I have found… lol.

      Yay for a cool front! It has been humid again but the nights have been nicer. 🙂


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  6. Yes, you totally can do this! Hope your little student is having a great time with it too 🙂 “James Herriot Primary” is just perfection!

    And I love that you shared how your family is staying close and supporting one another while still being safe and smart – I’m almost teary over here, thinking about how sad it is that we can’t all be together but also how wonderful to witness the creative ways people are reaching out, helping, and connecting.

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    1. Thank you! I have to admit I like our little school name. Lol. 🙂 All Creatures Great and Small… we really believe in that here. 🙂

      Ugh it is so hard to think about isn’t it? I try not to think of the way things should be or used to be or could be, and just focus on how they are right now, and it helps. But it is hard not to let your mind go there. I agree, it does show how people are creative and flexible!


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