Things I Learned in August

All last week the temperatures dipped and we happily flung open the windows to let in the cool breezes. It was actually chilly when the sun set.  My feed is full of first-day-of-school smiles and around here parents are doing last-minute shopping before school starts Tuesday. This morning I got out of my car and noticed these at my feet…. which means it’s happening whether I’m ready or not. Summer is coming to a close.


Fall is my favorite, but summer has whizzed by this year.  It’s part of why I like linking up with Emily’s What I Learned posts – I’m a little more intentional about noticing what’s happening around me.  So here are 6 things I learned in August:

1. Icees and Slurpees are the exact same thing made by The Icee Company. If you buy it at 7-11, it’s called a Slurpee. Either way, they’re my go-to treat on the long ride home from a day at the beach.

2. I learned how to eat a fresh fig from our newly discovered fig tree. I had never had one before. They are so sweet… a cross between a strawberry and a peach.  I have no clue how Fig Newtons get their flavor, because they don’t taste anything like these. And they’re so pretty!

fresh figs

3. Door knobs made of copper and its alloys kill germs all by themselves. I learned this from my super smart son.  Go to bed and yesterday’s germs are no more. Great news for busy moms! Silver possesses this same quality, which is why old school canteens were lined with it. BEWARE: Stainless steel and aluminum are germ breeding grounds, which has me looking to see what types of knobs are used in public places…  You can read more here.

4. If I want to type a copyright © symbol in Photoshop (or Word!) I just hold down Alt while typing 0169. Trademark ™  is Alt + 0153. The Registered ® symbol  is Alt+ 0174  I find this really nifty. For those wondering, it works in WordPress, too. 😉

5. I learned how to dye fabric!  This could be dangerous. The math was scary, but I think I can do it. I had the best day with some other gals learning together. I can’t wait to experiment on my own and see what I come up with.



6. Our property is 140 feet bigger than we thought it was. We have  a little over ¾ of an acre, not ½ like we were told. Yowza! That’s happy news for the Hunk – it means all that grass he’s been mowing really is ours.  When you have ¾  of an acre you can also  justify owning a little red tractor named Rosie to help with mowing.

What did you learn this summer? Head over to Emily’s and link up!


  1. Well Joy, you have learned me quite a few things this evening! =) Love #2 because although I love Fig Newtons, I absolutely do not love anything else fig- especially my Aunt’s fig preserves. But I’ve never told her I don’t like them, and she sends me jars and jars!!! Maybe you should send me your address… =)

    • Hmmm…maybe your Aunt’s fig preserves have robbed you? 😉 These were soooo sweet. I can’t imagine anyone not liking them!

  2. Hi Joy! I’m visiting from Emily’s. I loved what you learned, but number three was fascinating! Funny, isn’t it, how we think we improve on things over time, when in reality, we had it right in the beginning. Kind of like cooking with iron pots? Have a great September!

  3. #4 is HIGHLY useful! Nice discovery 🙂

    That dyed fabric is looking amazing, how fun! I’d love to see what you end up doing with the pieces. All those colors are incredible!

    • And I can’t wait to play with them! I have no idea what I’ll do yet – cutting into them feels like betrayal. I might just pet them for awhile before deciding. LOL

  4. I definitely appreciate #3! I had no idea certain metals could actually kill germs on their own. (Also, thanks for your comment on my “things I learned” post! That Katy Perry/Sara Bareilles mashup was done by two of my college friends who were ALWAYS doing hilarious things like that.) 🙂

    • Loved it! I played it over and over because I was getting my happy on. The Hunk was outside mowing the grass and saw me through the window…. I turned and he was sitting there on the tractor just staring at my antics. He shook his head and kept going. LOL!

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