A Hot But Nice Summer Weekend

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!

0 thoughts on “A Hot But Nice Summer Weekend

  1. You are right. Several of us have been talking about how we have all stepped away from the internet lately. It’s harder for me to be inspired by the outdoors, since I spend as little time out there right now as possible.

    It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend with your family. I love the whole idea of the farm and spending time in the gardens, eating such healthy food.

    We saw Harry Potter, too. I admit…I cried through much of it. Even though I had devoured the books, and I knew how things would end, it was like watching my kids. Isabel is the same age as the characters. She’s grown up with them, and I relate to them in that way. I thought that they handled the Snape storyline brilliantly. Alan Rickman is just incredible, and nobody else could have embodied that role in the same way. I’ve always had a soft spot for Harry, though. I have always appreciated that, thoughout the books and the movies, it was always clear that he never took anything magical for granted. He was constantly delighted by something simple that others would never notice.

    Okay…I’m getting my nerd on, I know. I can’t help it.

    I am glad to see you back around. I look forward to your pictures and to the Autumn, when you are back in your comfort zone.

  2. I so agree with you about Harry. These books are incredibly special to me as well. J.K. did such an amazing job – lovingly creating this world and the characters. You can tell when love is poured into someone’s work. It just floats off the page and straight into your heart.
    I miss you all too. I can’t wait to post pics. They aren’t spectacular but indicative of the weekend. LOL.

  3. Fall is my favorite season too, Tracy! The turning of the leaves, the smells in the air, the pumpkin and maple flavors. Fall in New England is what I miss the most when I am anywhere else.

    I am glad you are making the most of summer nonetheless. Hello from a Boston so hot that my thighs are stuck to the leather couch. Delicious.

    • I loved Fall on the East Coast when we lived in Maryland. We’d drive up to Philly and to Plymouth Plantation – loved it. If you were to see my kitchen you would see pumpkins and leaves up year round. 🙂

  4. I’ve been steeping in these words for a few minutes now and just enjoying your summer days. It’s not your imagination–a lot of people write less often these days, but I don’t mind so much as it means I get more of a chance to catch up with others. (You know how my usual MO = reading six posts at once.) Besides, the moments you’re writing about here are important and colorful and full of family and love. I’m glad to know you live them with everything in you, even when it’s hot as Hades out there.

  5. I agree. I am doing the same catching up on posts. I always feel guilty getting behind but I hope everyone knows it is not for lack of interest.
    Right now, we are listening to the Waltz from Sleeping Beauty as my little pumpkin dances around in her ballet costume. 🙂

  6. I step away from the internet every once in a while too. I feel that I need a break from it sometimes.
    What a wonderful post! You are such a poet even in blogging. You made me feel nostalgic for the experiences you have, if that makes any sense. 🙂
    Thank you for a perfect moment!

  7. I won’t lie to you, I’m jealous. I really am quite jealous. London has decided that it can’t quite stretch to a consecutive month of sunshine and warmth and the rain has been unexpected, torrential and utterly misery-making so your weekend sounds wonderful and I envy you, my dear friend. Having said that, I am SO glad you enjoyed your weekend. Harry Potter was indeed a beautiful film and although they missed out some of the best scenes in the book, I think they handled it almost perfectly.

    Also, your descriptions of the food you got the pleasure of eating has my taste buds tingling and my mouth watering. Sigh. I cannot wait for my vacation.

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