Autumnal Equinox Update

My grandparents’ garden harvest is over the top just now, with tons of zucchinis, tomatoes, squashes, beans, every type of kale and cabbage, recently sowed lettuces and spinach repeating their springtime bounty, root veggies like carrots, beets, and a bumper crop of turnips, and all the autumn fruits – peaches, pears, apples, plums… And leaves gradually turning color, with Michaelmas just a week away!

See last year’s autumn story for harvest-table photo: https://benjaminbreakingbarriers.wordpress.com/2017/09/15/grandmas-garden/
Both my mom and grandma have been dehydrating, freezing, and canning produce, while I’ve been weeding and harvesting, helping in the kitchen prep, and joyfully eating all this delicious stuff!

Many of these summer evenings, after working in the hot sun, I’ve been practicing my instruments and spoonerisms. I’ve polished a new Hawaiian song with my ukulele, and have prepared a spoonerism story, Loldigocks and the Bee Threars, for future performance.

I also learned the 1st violin part of Mendelssohn’s Quartet Op.12, which I played in its entirety with mom and some friends last month. It’s a lush and melodious piece, with a second movement that puts me in mind of fairies and mosquitos dancing—Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture has similar delicate passage-work that zooms by like magic! Here’s the Emerson Quartet playing (the fairies happen after a very elegant beginning): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_oeIJesU50

Here and there throughout the summer season, I’ve gone swimming, hiking (Pawnee Pass with its wide views was a highlight), and especially have spent time at the Denver Zoo using my year’s membership to bring along friends of all ages! And now my choir has resumed rehearsing, and I’m looking forward to being part of a musical theater show…

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