We kept ourselves quite busy all through this long, hot Labor Day weekend. It won't be any trouble at all for me to tell you Ten Things I Did This Weekend, à la Ten on Tuesday.
1 - On Friday, I helped Tom transfer his latest beer batch from one large container to another (which is trickier than it sounds). The stuff in this photo is called the trub . . . or what's left in the bottom of the container after a successful "first stage fermentation." (And this means we're one week closer to our own IPA!)
2 - Then we headed for Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids to see John Hiatt perform in the outdoor amphitheatre. I love sitting outside in my lawn chair, sipping a beer, watching the geese and herons fly overhead, seeing the sun go down . . . all while enjoying a great concert. (And it was great.)
3 - On Saturday morning, the dogs and I had a very exciting walk . . . where we discovered a (dead) snake in the road, a huge (very live) wasp nest in a tree, and a giant (also live) cicada in the grass (near the J-pups' favorite pee-corner). So much to check out.
4 - On Saturday afternoon we headed up to the cottage for a quick overnight. . . and one last sit on the dock and (probably) the last swim for the dogs. (We won't be back up until October.)
5 - Because then we took the docks out for the season. (Always kind of sad; summer goes by too quickly, y'know?)
6 -- I knit almost all of one sleeve for this sweater. I also taught myself to cable without a cable needle. (I know. I'm like the only knitter on the planet stubborn enough to continue with a cable needle. So it was time.) (Bonus: I'll get plenty of practice on this sweater.)
7 - I re-did my front porch containers with more fall-ish flowers. (The summer batch was looking really, really tired.) (Maybe even dead.)
8 - I read a book - Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal. I highly recommend it! Just delightful.
9 - We had a little cook-out, just Tom and I.
10 - And I spent plenty of time just kicking back with Tom and the dogs . . . enjoying a long, pleasant summer weekend.
How about YOU? What did you do this weekend?