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Happy Friday, friends! The sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the air is crisp-aaaaahhhh!!! Goodness abounds!

I’m deep in the throes of prepping for the fourth, and hopefully, if all the images get approval, final photo shoot for my beverage book. By the way, I don’t know if I’ve shared its title with you yet! Without further ado, the big reveal: Quench: Hand Crafted Beverages to Satisfy Every Taste and Occasion is slated to make its way into the world right around this time next year. YES!

Because I’ve been so consumed this week with shopping for, and creating, and then staging for photographs beverages of every persuasion available, alongside working on edits for the book’s manuscript, I haven’t had much time for internet surfing. Instead, I’m offering a visual round-up of things bringing me joy, inspiration, gratitude, and happiness this week. To whit:

*September! This month heralds the arrival of my most beloved time of the year.

*Spider webs! Their loveliness, strength, and fragility, all bundled up together, never ceases to amaze me.

*Tomatoes! Their end is nigh, so we’ve been eating copious amounts of them lately.

*Mushrooms! I’m learning a huge amount of information about these woods I call home in my forest class, including mushroom identification.

*Superheroes! Huxley is supremely and profoundly into superheroes these days. I’m trying to gently coax him into wanting to be “Wild Boy” (his middle name is “Wild” after all), whose superhero power is the ability to talk with animals. He mostly just wants to pretend he’s Spider Man.

*Sandbox shenanigans! I never tire of watching my guy do his sandy thing in the box his Papa lovingly built him Spring 2012.

*Blueberries! Our 17 plants produced a fantastic yield this year. We’ve got a number of varieties planted and have pretty much been flush with berries consistently since late June. I’ll miss them when they’re no longer available to pick fresh from the shrub, but have a big bag of them in the freezer to enjoy when snow is on the ground and summer seems so very far away.

*Toads! Oh, I do so love toads and frogs. This one has lived here for years and makes regular cameos. The kids found his blueberry bush daytime hiding spot and Huxley gave him some gentle toad-handling.

*Ice cream! I was seriously craving ice cream the other day, and wanted something other than what we had at home. Since the frozen dessert is one of Huxley’s favorite food groups, he was definitely happy to do his part while Glenn and I shared a banana split.

*Buddies! My friend Maria is nothing short of amazing. An RN and herbalist, gardener and chicken keeper, medicine and mead-maker, fiber artist and aerial acrobat, and homeschooling mama to two, she truly does it all. And, coolest of all, she does it from this cob and cordwood roundhouse with a living roof that she and her husband built. The. Best.

Knitters, take note! Small measure’s newest sponsor, Luna Grey Fiber Arts is hosting a lovely giveaway over on their blog. Stop by and see the goodness Jackie has in store for you!

Busy weekend ahead chez English, and then we set our compasses north on Tuesday, heading to New Hamsphire for the Taproot Gathering at Squam. Posting will likely be spotty while I’m away, but I look forward to sharing more with you when we return!

Wherever you go this weekend, whatever you do, and whomever you do it with, may it be grand!

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