Every Summer, I tend to back away from the internet but I don’t think I’m the only one. It’s not that I’m not writing or creating, I just don’t spend as much time online as I do when it is Spring, Winter or Fall. My creativity does tend to dip in the hotter months. I am a cold-weather person and right now the weather is hot, humid and frankly, miserable to me. Give me 30 degree days and nights or even better 40’s – 60’s. That’s my perfect temperature range. That is why I adore Autumn.
Come August, I’ll be waxing poetic about the deliciousness of the approaching Autumn. Hopefully I’ll be online a bit more. I intend to grab this Fall and hug it for all it is worth. I want to savor every last drop of the changing leaves, the pumpkins, the brisk cold air as it tickles my cheeks. I plan to roll and jump in piles of leaves with my little girl and laugh until we are delirious with joy. That is my plan. 🙂
This weekend we went up North to my mom’s and also to my uncles. Jess and I went to the “Serving Spoon” for lunch on Saturday which is a little cafe on the bay of Green Bay (Lake Michigan). We love that place. It’s an old house that was converted into a restaurant. The atmosphere is wonderful and the food – terrific. We got to read a little while we waited for our food and then later Mom, a friend and I went for our usual walk around town – which is just short of three miles. It was indeed a splendid day brought to its conclusion after going to see “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two” for the 10:00 showing at night.
The movie was magnificent. I want to see it again. They did a spectacular job on this final film and it was bittersweet to see it end. I had many favorite scenes but I have to say I really loved the parts where Harry realized the truth about my beloved Snape in the pensieve and also Harry’s encounter with his mom, dad, Sirius and Remus in the woods. Beautiful. The kids have changed so much since the beginning. I love that they kept the cast together all this time. I can’t wait for my three-year-old to get into the books and the movies.
Sunday it was way too hot to grill out at the farm as we had planned so we prepared the food and ate inside. Uncle Ted and Uncle Tom picked fresh vegetables from the garden (I took pictures that I’ll post later). There was fresh sliced raw kohlrabi which is absolutely delicious and tender. I was in heaven. We had little onions, fresh lettuce, green peppers, cucumbers, zucchini and cherry tomatoes! Oh how I love fresh from the garden cherry tomatoes. Sweet, juicy and just bursting with flavor. Now this IS one of my favorite things about Summer. We also had fresh cherries and Uncle Ted baked a Spice Cake for us too. There was elk steak, brats, chicken salad and ham salad as well. It was a lovely spread.
We sat outside for a few minutes at a time then popped back into the house to cool down. I did get some pictures of the Tiger Lilies and the orchard and I’ll post that later too. Unfortunately the weekends always must come to an end and then it was time to head home. We were quite tired last night.
I can’t wait for more of the garden vegetables to be ready for picking. I can’t wait to fill my pressure cooker up and make all sorts of tasty, healthy dishes. I also cannot wait to sit in the middle of the garden weeding the plants on a cooler Summer day while I just enjoy the peace and quiet. It’s like you’re in another world – separate from everything else going on in life. Their garden is big enough to do that. You could get lost in it and never feel more at home that at that moment.
Happy Monday everyone!