Esme told me all about the big alphabet and animal book she gets to read now at school - she passed the letters test to get into reading instruction. I'm very proud of her, which in a way seems a bit silly because I knew she could do it at the beginning of school. She said she did not know her alphabet at the beginning of school (which, she did) and now she does, so now she can learn to read. This is better than saying she could not read at all, when she can. Good steps - and we will see how that progresses.
She told me about blue and gold hairclips with ribbons that the other girls have for blue and gold day. I put yellow ribbons up in her hair around the tops of her braids and then braided them together. I hope it lasts the day. I need to get to the table and make some more clothes - the need-to-wash pile just keeps becoming more than the available to wear. One of the two tshirts I bought as school clothes has already come apart in the sleeve, so I had to pull one of her handmade dresses out at the last minute when I saw it. I have fabric set aside, and a new dress pattern that came in the mail that has a clever option between raglan or regular sleeves. When I saw it, I had to get it... if you are a sewer a pattern that can choose regular or raglan sleeve construction is a head-tilter.. how did they do that? I'll show you how.. it was actually fairly simple and elegant.
I should also go out to the garden today and check on the items that are left - lima beans, Daphne beans, Hopi String beans are starting to produce, cowpeas are producing in multitudes, the indian corn, the cucumbers and peppers... eventually we will need to mow much of it down and seed vetch to enrich the soil for next year.