By Heather O.
I know we’ve been a little slow over here at MMW, but as I have been sitting here staring at the screen trying to figure out what to write, it struck me. Nothing. We’re slow because there is nothing bad to report.
Of course, I realize that saying, “Hey, life is just too NORMAL these days” practically guarantees that tomorrow is going to be a helluva day that will provide me with loads to blog about (darn that karma, or, um, something…), but today, we are feeling pretty good. I mean, how can you not when dinner is grilled chicken, corn on the cob(also from the grill–delicious that way!), and fresh watermelon, and as you eat it all at twilight, you can see the fireflies in the backyard light up? Long summer days full of good food and lazy people have truly begun, and they can be glorious.
My favorite things about summer:
-Watermelon–oh, foods of the Gods!
-Long days at the community pool: a free recreational activity that I don’t have to prepare for, clean up after, or maintain. Can’t beat that!
-Gardens. Oh yes, ours is up and going, showing some good promise, and I am already planning what I will do with all of our fresh produce. Of course, the fact that DH planted 16 pepper plants and 15 cucumber plants may mean that I’ll have to suck it up and learn how to can. I mean, how many salads can one family eat?
-Busy neighborhoods. Everybody comes outside during the summer, and I always feel like summer is the time when a community comes together, whether it’s a neighborhood barbecue, a softball game, or a party at the pool. During the winter, it’s just too dang cold to bond.
-Mowing the lawn. Ok, I know y’all are probably not with me on this one, but there is something about the smell of fresh cut lawn that makes me smile. I sneeze the entire time I do it, as I’m allergic to grass, but it makes me happy all the same. I liked it when I lived with my aunt and had a small yard to mow, when I lived in a town house and had an ever smaller yard to mow (it took perhaps 3 minutes to mow our little dot, and our whole block shared a mower because it wasn’t worth it to buy personal mowers for all our little dots.) And then, of course, we get to compost all those beautiful grass clippings, which makes me feel even happier. Yes, we take compost very seriously in our family.
What’s your favorite thing about summer? (Cue sound track: Primary Song “Oh what do you do in the Summertime….)
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