Monday, August 23, 2010

Whew!

There's a lot going on but not much at all , you know?

Friday, Chunky learned how to ride a bike.

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He's 8.5 and never had a bike. We were going to buy him once Dr. Mad Scientist got a job, but sadly (?) the neighbors beat us to it.

The neighbors are a middle aged couple that live above us and have adopted Chunky and Mooch as their own. I think they were excited someone with kids were moving in to replace Sad Old Lady and her Now Dead Husband.

Anyway, I can't get over how damn fast he learned to ride. Three hours people.

I won't tell you how old I was when I learned to ride a bike. Took me forever to "get" it. Of course I also had to learn on a dirt road. Not these cushy paved streets. Lower 48 kids! I don't know if Chunky's ever really SEEN a dirt road!

On Saturday we went apple picking.

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This year we picked 1.5 bushels. Expensive, but totally worth it. These apples (I don't know the specific type) are amazing. Crunchy, sweet, with just a hint of tartness.

I made seven pints of applesauce from a half bushel. I've got two and a half gallon freezer bags full of the cores and skins to make apple butter once apple cider starts hitting the shelf/farmers market.

I also finished some knitting on Saturday.

But it's secret Christmas knitting. So peeksies only for members that shall not be named.

Finally this Friday is Stitch n'Pitch in Somerset! Woot! So I really could give a rat's ass about baseball, but it's been too long since I've been around other knitters so I'm ditching the boys. I don't feel so bad ditching them. They're going to be using my Big Boss's preseason Jets tickets for the game Friday.

Alright, I'll wrap this up. My posts seem to be getting habitually more and more boring.

I fear I've lost my blogging edge. Yawn!

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18 Comments:

Blogger Carina said...

Are those apples honeycrisps? They don't look quite right, and that would be really early for here, but then, you're further south. Galas? Jonamacs? Now I'm really curious.

I cannot wait for apple season. It's my favorite season of the year!

8:28 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

mmmmmm honeycrisps. Those are the best apples ever!

Not sure if that's what you have, but yummy. :)

9:53 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

ahhh nothing better than fresh picked apples! Yay for Chunky too!

10:00 PM  
Blogger ~RaenWa~ said...

I am glad that Chunky learned to ride a bike & wow only in 3 hrs he is a fast learner. I am 31 & still have no clue how to ride a bike for some reason I never had the desire to learn lol.

Apple butter sounds so good I am going to have to find me a recipe & try to make some this year.

11:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really don't care what kind of apples I eat as long as they taste good!! I knew you were making applesauce!

Way to go Chunky!! Just make sure you watch out for cars.

Boring??!! I don't think so....but then I am prejudice!!
Love, Mom

1:03 AM  
Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

Yay Chunky! I learned on a gravel driveway. Quite perilous. Pavement would have been nice.

6:30 AM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

I love apple season. Homemade apple sauce is one of my favorite things.

It's been quiet around here, too. No complaints but it makes it hard to blog in an interesting manner.

Only one of my girls can ride a bike. The other two never learned. They weren't interested. When I was a kid, it didn't seem optional. You HAD to ride because all your friends rode.

6:57 AM  
Blogger Discoknits said...

I didn't learn til I was 10, I think. Wasn't a big rider as a kid, but love riding my bike nowadays - well, in cooler weather anyways.

10:02 AM  
Blogger Tactless Wonder said...

Ah the bike riding...my parents didn't get us bikes until we could fit onto "regular" sized ones...something about cheap-skatedness mixed with the unbelievable prices of children's bikes...seeing as I still need an almost kid's sized bike? I was, ahem, older than most when I learned...

And summer is a hard time to post...so much going on that if you stop to post, you miss what's happening! Or that's my excuse at any rate :).

11:40 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

Think Chunky could give Willow some pointers? She still hasn't mastered it after 2 years!

12:37 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Yum! Apples! We're looking forward to our first PYO day at the orchards ;).

As for the blog blahs - I don't think it's you. I think life has just gotten so much ... *more* ... for all of us, and sometimes it's just hard to say anything. You know?

I'm still loving your posts - even if I don't always comment :).

1:14 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

those apples look great.
I learned to ride a bike on a shell road and it was something that took me much longer than it should have to pick up. Talk about bumpy!

4:38 PM  
Blogger janna said...

I learned to ride a bike the summer before first grade. The road was paved, but there was a lot of gravel along the sides and at corners, so that made it tricky. I rode a lot until I went to college. Then I don't think I rode again until last summer, when I bought myself a bike. And you know how they say "it's like riding a bike"? Well, it really is -- took me about 30 seconds to get going again! So, yay, Chunky!

And I hope those apples are Honecrisps -- my favorite apple!

6:14 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Wow, Bezzie, you always amaze me with how much you manage to get done with a baby and a younger kid at home! I feel like such a slacker after reading your blog posts!

Hooray for Chunky! Learning how to ride a bike at 8.5 is OK. I won't even say how old I was when I learned how to ride a bike, because it's just embarrassing, but I was a LOT older than Chunky! I actually got a new (free!) bike recently through this Bike Town USA program, but the darn thing is too big for me (it's a 26 inch), which really, really sucks, because it's a really, really nice ($600) bike with a big, super cushy seat. Sigh... I've been attempting to ride my daughter's smaller 24 inch bike, but that hasn't been going to well - I haven't rode a bike since I was 17, and well, I think I may have forgotten how to ride one. I'm probably the first person ever to forget how to ride a bike!

Hooray for fresh apples and Stitch N' Pitch games too! I don't care much for baseball either, but I would go to a Stitch N' Pitch game just for the knitting.

11:09 AM  
Blogger Ina said...

Congratulations to Chunky! Now he can ride in Bike Montclair (wear a helmet, it's NJ law).

Love the secret Christmas knitting, it's inspiring!

11:09 AM  
Blogger Crafty Christina said...

Go Chunky!!!!!!!

Ummm, I still don't know how to ride a bike. Sad isnt it? Pi learned when she was 5 thanks to hubby. Good thing too because that's how all of her friends get around when they play.

Ooh, I want to pick apples too. Where did you go?

6:52 PM  
Anonymous SiressYorkie said...

Go Chunky!! Awesome!

My first bike was found on someone's curb, ready for the bin man. A neighbour took it and fixed it up for free. It was seriously ugly, but it worked. My second one was the kind with the big high handlebars and a huge banana seat...from a garage sale, about 5 or 10 dollars.

When we went to buy one for Max (and bear in mind that Germans are bike-crazy and that there are bike paths everywhere here...biking is a way of life) we couldn't find anything under 220 Euros (~$280) WTF? When did bikes start costing so much!? They're mostly metal and rubber, not platinum!

7:24 AM  
Blogger weezalana said...

I'm with the first two posters, honeycrisp apples are the BEST! I am anxiously awaiting their return to the market.

Go Chunky! Can they adopt me, too? I also need a bike!

10:40 AM  

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