Sunday, June 5, 2016
Summer, this week
This was our first week of summer break.
We spent lots of time outside, in relatively cool weather, which was nice because it's going to get really hot this week and probably stay that way. I barely left the house all week. The children and I were very happy to stay at home, doing indoor things like reading and crafts when we weren't in the backyard. It was good; I got some things done around the house and just generally laid low. It really felt like a break, which was what I needed.
We're eating lots of summer fruits; my produce drawers in the fridge are so stuffed I can hardly move them. I've already been buying berries, melon, corn on the cob, tomatoes and squash by the bushel, it seems. I hope that means there will be good choices all summer, but you never know.
We're attempting to grow some of our own vegetables, hopeful as ever, and watching our fruit trees. The apples have done well so far, the plums not so much. It's different every year. I'll have one of the highlights of my summer life, homegrown strawberries, very soon.
My pirate ship cross-stitch is coming along. I'm nearly finished stitching all of the different sails and flags. I stitched a lot this week, relaxing in the living room with the radio on.
I baked one of my favorite simple cake recipes, Chocolate vinegar cake, to the delight of everyone. I love making this cake; it's easy and fast and it eats like a far fancier cake. It's moist and very chocolatey. I always think about how good it would be with cherries, even canned cherry pie filling. I should put that on the shopping list.
The GB has discovered cootie catchers. Remember them? Her fortunes are really imaginative; we do not have a housekeeper, unless she means me.
The Bear and I watched "The Sixties," a ten-part documentary series on Netflix, and started "The Seventies." They're so good. If you haven't watched them, I think you should.
We had an impressive thunderstorm during the week. It came up fairly suddenly from the north and brought a lot of hail and heavy rain. We had more than half an inch of rain in about thirty minutes. The storm hit just minutes after we'd tucked the GB into bed for the night, and I knew she'd want to watch it so I went and got her. We all watched from the windows at the back of the house. Later, I went outside and saw a double rainbow between us and the mountain. It was a good storm for June; we're just a few weeks away from monsoon season and I can't wait.
I'm planning to write posts like this each week in the summer to help mark the time, keep track of things that we do and appreciate the simple pleasures of summertime. I always end up feeling kind of bad about our loooong summer break - restless, aimless, bored. I think blogging the weeks will help.
Thanks for your comments recently. I'm really behind on blogs but hoping to catch up soon. I hope you're all doing well and having a good weekend!