It’s still hot and sticky here for most of the day but the nights and early mornings have a chill on them, a clear sign that summer is ending soon. Oddly, my tomatoes haven’t begun to ripen yet. The blackberries are late too. I guess pots of tomato sauce will be simmering on the stove, with piles of blackberries on the counters , while I am washing, ironing and packing my daughter’s things up that she will need to go off to her first year of college. I am thankful to be busy. I already have a long list of cooking, cleaning, canning and sewing projects that I am counting on to help ease the transition of my baby being away at school. When I had 3 little girls running around, at times I used to think longingly of finishing something uninterrupted and having time to myself. Now I think longingly of having them all around again. But enough of that! I have things to do.. .making up organic lotions, natural air fresheners, plenty of lavender soap and granola bars to pack in the college bin. I hope my daughter’s room mate isn’t a hair spray addict or a heavy perfumer, lol! Maybe some day students will be given the option of a chemical free dorm… now I am being obsessive. Time to go grate some beeswax!