Things I learned in September

Have you ever had those months when you can’t believe it’s over and your mind whispers “that went fast!” But when you look back at the month’s beginning, you think “That was a long time ago!”

September was that kind of month ~ jam packed and full of great stuff.

Today we are linking up with Emily at Chatting at the Sky to reflect on what we learned this last month. If you’d like to join us, click over here. She’s got some great stuff.

Summer’s officially over –

September began with some beautifully warm days and even though the sign down at the lake told us summer was over we didn’t believe it or follow its instruction.

closed beachbeachfun

The kids have adopted a new way of plunging into the water. They call it “Dick VanDyke-ing it”  and for anyone who’s watched Chitty Chitty Bang Bang you’ll know what I mean. It’s a great way to get into the water along with grabbing the attention of other fellow beach-ers. I love my kids and all their non-inhibitions!

Dave came up with a great idea.. “Let’s come and swim every day in September.” They were really gung-ho for that whole idea until day 2 when the temp dropped dramatically and the early morning sun hadn’t warmed their swimming area. It was a true sign that summer was ending and the school books were opening up.

Lemon juice and vinegar remove grape stains –

This was really phenomenal and I was not a true believer in the beginning. I really should have taken pics of how bad this situation was but I didn’t think about it until after it was all cleaned up. I felt like Suzie homemaker by the end of it and I was ready to take on the stains of the laundry world with my large bottle of lemon juice and vinegar container.

This had all come about as Dave was mowing the back yard and getting ready for the intrusion of oncoming leaf piles. Dave was cutting a good clean sweep along the woods edge and the yard was looking fabulous.

At one point he got off the mower to move some lawn furniture and that’s when I saw it!

On the back side of his shorts were deep purple large saturation of grape residue. He unknowingly swiped along the edge of a grape-vine, knocked fresh, overripe grapes onto his mower seat and continued mowing while they squished right into his clothing.  The shorts of course were his favorite and best summer shorts.

Yet I’m telling you friends. I followed the directions from this site with rotating back and forth between soaking in lemon juice, rinsing, soaking in vinegar, rinsing etc. And it worked! I let the shorts soak overnight in lemon juice and by the next day the grape stains were gone. I was truly amazed! word of the day –

I am loving this app. I’ve had it on my iPad for years but I’m turning into a word junkie so I downloaded it onto my phone and each morning it gives me a new word of the day. I love using it and quizzing my family over new words. I feel smarter every day. And because I read it in the morning I can say, “I learned something new today… job done now back to bed” but it never quite works that way.

Mattresses can be bought online and delivered to your doorstep –

Yes, we bought a mattress online. I was a bit skeptical and leery of this whole idea.  But the need for a new mattress was real and the cost of a new bed at the local mattress store was enormous so Dave went shopping online and found an amazing memory foam mattress from for a ¼ of the store price plus they had free shipping.

It was delivered a week later… rolled in a tube. NO JOKE!

I watched the UPS guy carry it on one shoulder to my house and plop it down in my front room.  This was a queen-sized mattresses, people! He asked where I would like it but I declined to have him bring it to my bedroom… that felt a little too much for me. So Dave and Jon hauled it up the stairs with ease. And even as I type these words, I think…. “They’re not going to believe me on this!” But it’s true! I was amazed at how easy it looked to transport. I remember the days of trying to push and pull a large rectangular object up the stairs yet this whole thing went well!

We unrolled the mattress, placed it on top of our box spring, cut the vacuum sealed packaging off and watched the mattress expand from 5 inches to 15 inches within 7 minutes. It’s amazing stuff! And for those who didn’t know… here’s another thing… NASA made memory foam for astronaut’s seats and beds because of the long hours they would be in one place and the support it gives to the body. (I know your mind is oozing with knowledge overload!)

We are just a month in on this mattress but the difference our bodies feel after a supported night’s sleep is a good thing. I wake up more rested, rejuvenated and ready for a new day! It’s a good thing!

A mattress in a tube! Who knew??? Not me!

Fare thee well, old summer days –

This month has been filled with many more moments of adjusting to new schedules, demands and all around life circumstances but I wanted to share just a few to brighten your day.

For as long as this month has seemed and for as many times as Matt has written the word “September” at the top of his math worksheets I think he’s glad to be onto a month with a few less letters.

It’s time for sweater weather, pumpkins on the porch and mums in the patio pots. It’s time to eke out those last few hours sitting on the backyard swing and taking in some good reads.

Bring on autumn, the full colors of fall and the pumpkin spice lattes.

Farewell September, Hello October!


Jump into the conversation:

  • What have you learned this last month?
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6 thoughts on “Things I learned in September

  1. The easiest way to remove any berry stains, including purple grapes, is to lay the stained material across a large bowl or sink and pour boiling water through it. The stain disappears instantly. I grew up in Alaska where we picked and ate a lot of blueberries. If residue remains, lower the material into the boiling water and scrape it gently with a spoon. This worked on stained clothes, tablecloths stained with blueberry (or other berry) pie or cobbler (just set a large bowl on the table under the stain and blot it dry when stain is gone–you don’t even have to remove the tablecloth), everything. I have used this method on a communion table cloth when red grape juice got spilled on it. Once, someone accidentally dumped a whole glass of red wine down the front of me, the one non drinker in the room. Ugh! I smelled like a wino, and I was sure I’d never get the stain out. I filled the teakettle, boiled the water, and poured it over my shirt (after I took it off!). Presto! The stain was gone. The secret is to BOIL the water and immediately poured it through the stain. DO NOT launder the item first. Soap or the dryer may set the stain, and you won’t be able to remove it. I’ve never tried lemon juice. Too much trouble when boiling water works so quickly and easily.

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    • Good to know! I will try this next time… or hopefully there won’t be a next time. Your method sounds a lot faster and easier than mine! I was really not sure it was going to come out but so glad it did! Thanks for tip!


    • I agree, Debbie! There are so many moments I miss because I’m really not a good “grab the camera and take a picture” person. I’m more an “enjoy the moment/ live the moment” and then afterwards I say “I should have taken a picture of that!” but alas it’s over and I only have my words to convey the picture! You are right, it was really funny! Thanks for jumping in and sharing!


    • Yes, I love our lake. Sadly, in our busy lives we don’t always take full advantage of it’s nearness. This summer, we have made a real effort to get there more often. Thanks for stopping in and sharing! 🙂


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