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Friday, August 6

the dog days of summer...

Here in the Midwest, our mornings are hot and muggy.
Each day we wake to find a haze has settled over the fields, only to be burned off by the heat of the morning sun. Somewhere in the distance are rumblings of thunder, but the much-needed rain  passes us by. There’s a constant hum of cicadas, and although there is much to be done, we seem to move in slow motion.

Yet, however sweltering August may be, it is also rich in garden bounty…tomatoes, peppers, sweet corn, cucumbers, green beans, peaches, cherries, and new potatoes. A trip to the farmers’ market last Saturday found me coming home with an overflowing bag of pickling cucumbers. Now, at day’s end,
faint traces of ginger, cloves, vinegar, and garlic linger in the kitchen from the morning’s canning.

As evening approaches, we’re ready to settle in…there’s the sound of thunder moving closer, and the doves are cooing softly.

I think we’ll make homemade ice cream tomorrow…a simple summertime pleasure we look forward to. I want us to enjoy every minute of every day, because although these summer days can seem endless, there’s a sense that they are numbered.

5 comments:

  1. Wow! You are a writer. You really are. Your words transport me there. And I love the paradox of never-ending days but the sense of near-urgency to experience it all before it grows too late. Beautiful.

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  2. Mmmm...can I come over for ice cream?

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  3. You've described this so well, I can almost experience it.

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  4. Discovering your blog has proved to be a real blessing to me. It is so well done and beautifully shared. In fact, I enjoy it so much that I thought others should find out about it to, so today I shared it on my blog. Thank you for creating a welcoming and down home type blog. I look forward to every visit.

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  5. yes, it's hot as a pepper here in missouri. it's been a pleasant summer, so i'm trying not to complain.

    look forward to fall rains and cooler weather.

    we'll have eydie's ice cream tonight! have you ever made peach ice cream?

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