Loch has over an hour bus ride now. I don't even know what to say about that other than we might as well live out in the sticks! I had longer than that when I was a kid but we actually DID live in the country, not a city with half a million people as we do now. I can't say much though, since it IS worth it that he is going to the gifted program and the district does provide transportation, so although I can get a little peeved that I had to reschedule after-school activities for later in the evenings, I really don't have anything to complain about and will just accept it.
The chores here the past week have consisted of maintenance type gardening and general sprucing up, rather than fall planting. Here is Finn, using my little pruners for the first time, snipping off dead hosta flower stalks: