Hello! How are you all? It is a beautiful summer here in the Midwest. I am out the door every morning, the moment the coffee has been poured into a mug. In the soft morning glow, I water trees and flowers, and wander the yard sharing it with the birds. I'm finished just as the heat starts to get a little too warm for my shoulders, and then I settle into a chair in the shade, and often smile at the beautiful breeze that blows through the trees up on this hill where we live. Sometimes I knit a row or two, or embroider a small picture, and it's nearly noon before I return inside.
I find myself enjoying many of the things I enjoyed about summers long ago, and that might be the attraction to it all this year. Sun tea in a 1970's pink and orange flowered jar, taking a close look at a lightning bug on my finger, spending time with butterflies, grilling simple food, pulling out the ice cream maker, and even washing my hair in the hose on more than one occasion...the simplest things, are always the best part of summer.
I received a bike for Mother's Day, and my first wobbly ride (It's been a while, ahem) was with my husband. We pedaled over to my sister's house who lives a couple miles away. She and her husband are avid gardeners, so I knew they would be in their backyard. Other days, I've taken off for a ride around the block. I realized I don't really know my block, so I look forward to getting to know it better. When the mailman delivered a package to my mailbox by mistake, I felt happy that there was a need for my basket, and I delivered it to its proper owner a few doors down. I think seeing birds taking baths is one thing I have enjoyed the most this summer though. Is there something you find yourself loving about summer this year?
Oh yes, and then there is the construction. On May 26th we closed on the sale of our previous cottage, and on May 27th we started four updates that needed to be done here at our sweet, new home. The first job was to replace a sinking front porch. The concrete workers kindly worked among the tree cutters who arrived at the same time. The work will continue here for a couple more weeks. The planning and managing of it all has taken much of my free time, despite the joy I mentioned above. Yesterday I started thinking this might be a good time to update this little space as well. Hmm.
All is well here my kind friends.
I will share photos of the completed work here later. May the summer season gift you with beautiful skies, nature, and knitting. Love to you! xo Jeannine