Summer Solstice: We went all out celebrating the Solstice. First we had a picnic lunch in our yard. We ate the Peanuts Thanksgiving meal: popcorn, pretzel sticks, jelly beans and toast. After dinner we took a long swim staying in the pool until dark. Which is only ~8:15p here. We got ready for bed and then came outside and looked at the stars and the moon and the creepy shadows until 10:00p. I laid in the hammock and my son had the swing. I thought about sleeping out all night but as it was still 90° at 9:00p we decided to pass. Plus there is the whole bobcat, scorpion, rattlesnake fears. We used the lanterns we made earlier this summer (pictured above). We decorated jars with glitter glue and put in fairy lights. In the dark it looks like a jar of fireflies, so cool.
A Mild Annoyance: I switched to a school year planner a few years ago finding it worked better for me. This year I ordered a planner on-line and didn’t realize it started in August and my current planner ends in June. Oops. I don’t think I will be ordering a planner on-line again. I don’t love the one I got dates aside. It is a little too busy for me.
Something Worrisome: The cashier at the commissary had a very odd moment. In the middle of checking out my groceries she paused. There were bananas sitting on the scale and I thought she was trying to remember the PLU number. Then she asked ” did you hand me five-oh-nine or five-eighteen?” I thought she was asking me what the PLU number was and responded with a “huh”? There was clearly a sticker with the number right on top of the bananas. Then she asked if I just handed her some money. What? She looked blank a moment then rang up something that came to $40.11 which she then voided. She looked at the bananas again and then said something about taking some allergy medicine which had made her sleepy. She finished ringing up the rest of my groceries and as I was driving home I began to wonder if she had had a small stroke or something. I felt like I should have said something to the manager who had to come over because of the void. I have been worried about that poor woman ever since.
Throwback Reading: I think I may have invented the term but I know I am not the only one re-reading favorite childhood books. I just indulged myself with the purchase of the whole “Ramona” series by Beverly Cleary. My son and I have read them together (checked out from the library) over the last few years but I decided I really wanted to read them in order over the summer to myself. So I splurged on buying a set and am so happy I did. I got a paperback version in a cardboard case and they have wonderful drawings scattered throughout. Bonus, my son decided to re-read them also.
CSA: I have been loving my CSA (community supported agriculture) pickup every Sunday. One less thing I have to think about and to my surprise I am even enjoying the beets. I made Harvard Beets with the first batch and roasted the second with olive oil and fresh thyme from my one and only herb plant. And I found the easiest squash recipe ever from Susan Branch: slice squash very thin (you can do yellow or zucchini), heat up some Italian salad dressing and pour over. I let it sit on the counter 20 to 30 minutes and then popped it in the fridge. I took it out about 30 minutes before dinner, it was cool and refreshing. Very tasty in the hot weather.