Thursday, August 26, 2010

August, die she must: The autumn winds blow chilly and cold

I have been loving the weather this week. This morning when I got up, it was a cool, crisp 12 degrees outside, and all the windows were open. Sigh. In the heat of the summer, I am so very thankful for air conditioning, but once the cooler weather comes I love to have the chance to open wide all of the windows and let the fresh air blow through the house.

I have some (four) butternut squashes in the garden which are almost ready to be picked, seasoned, roasted, and prepared for soup. I'm very excited at the prospect of serving soup made from my own home-grown veggies! If I can find a place that sells kale seeds, I shall plant some kale in my garden so that we can eat boerenkale all winter with garden-fresh kale. Mmmm.

I set a date with one of my former coworkers to go out for lunch next week, and while booking it on my calendar I realized that we're heading into September already!! I realized that the students would be back in the halls soon, but I didn't grasp the fact that it was approaching so quickly! September brings a few fun things: going to see a play (The Tempest) in Stratford with Amanda VO and her friend, going camping with the other members of the no-baby club (hey, we still technically fit into that category!), heading out to Sarnia for the first time since May, attending two book launches (one at Redeemer, one in Toronto) for my dear friend Sam Martin's new book, This Ramshackle Tabernacle, and celebrating our fourth anniversary.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Barn Raising

This past weekend, Brian finally got to get a start on building his new shed. The old shed that came with the house was in good shape, but about three times too small for everything that we wanted to / needed to store in it. So, with the guidance, leadership, skills, and tools of our friend the master framer, Steve, and the assistance of good friend Marty, our shed went from looking like this: looking like this: (don't worry. This isn't the finished product. But it is the result of about 35 hours of labour!)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Bragging Rights

My dear friend Annie Ling has spent the last few years studying photography at a very prestigious school in New York City. This week, Annie is one of 13 20-something New York Photographers featured in the New York Times Magazine. Click here to be directed to the article. I am pleased to say that we currently have two original works by Annie Ling hanging on our walls at home, one shot taken in Venice and one in London. Below are two of the pieces found on Annie's website:

Images copywright Annie Ling 2010

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Guest Post by Brian

And Baby Makes Three

Well, ladies and gentlemen, I'm please to report that Jennifer & I are expecting a new little vanOosten sometime around February 2011. Jenn's had a bit of a rough go (nausea and exhaustion being the new normal) during the now-finished first trimester; we're optimistic that things will go better for her in the remaining 28 weeks. Please keep her in your prayers.

While I've received a lot of encouraging words from friends I respect, I'm still quite thoroughly terrified about the transitions that await us. I do hereby acknowledge my mixed Frisian genetic makeup and remind the world that change is usually bad. To be fair I know that the little bugger is going to interfere with my blissfully selfish lifestyle, and that makes me squirm. On the plus side, each of my experiences of giving up self to make room for another has been a net-positive transition, in the longer term.

So! Watch as I buckle my proverbial seatbelt and brace myself for a wild ride. I'm anxious, but I'm trying to be faithfully optimistic, always forgetting and remembering that I'm not really holding the steering wheel, and that the Driver knows what He's doing.

Stay tuned for updates!

Friday, August 06, 2010

I'm sitting on my front porch right now and the temperature is a delicious 16 degrees. It's going to get warmer than this, but for now, I'm enjoying the autumn-like chill in the air and relishing the non-a/c air. And I'm also procrastinating. I have a dentist appointment in 40 minutes that I have to leave for in 20 minutes, and I'm sitting on the front porch in my pyjamas, eating my breakfast.

Sigh. Time to get ready.