midsummer

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This is what our midsummer looks like — beauty everywhere! In the garden, in the sky, all around the homestead. We are grateful for our many blessings and this abundant harvest season. Yes, even all that zucchini WILL be put to good use! (Last night we had it roasted, with garlic, onion, tomatoes, spinach, and a bit of chili sauce — yum.) Somedays, when the muscles are weary, it can be difficult to muster up the energy to get the work done. But we do it because the Earth is an amazing partner to work with on this journey. That said, if the weather holds, we are looking forward to a brief beach sojourn later next week, to dip our toes in the ocean and smell that salty air. Just what’s needed to recharge after weeks of hard work! 🙂 Wishing all of you the best of this bountiful season!!!

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summer light

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This week at the ball game we were treated to this magnificent sky (before the storm arrived and sent the game into a 2-hour rain delay, but the team still won and that’s all that matters 🙂 ). The dark thick clouds with the light forcing its way through proved an apt metaphor for thoughts I had been mulling over for these past few months. Has that ever happened to you? When a problem presents and seems unsolvable but then suddenly the solution, which had been there all the while, reveals itself, just as a bright light leading you along though the murky dark? The waves of relief of finding the path again are as if being baptized by the rain as the storm moves away. And that’s where I find myself this first day of July — joyful, full of gratitude, satisfied, and ready to celebrate all that this holiday weekend represents: independence, freedom, good eating, the pursuit of happiness.