And so summer begins…

Whew…that was a long end of the school year. But it has ended and with the summer solstice, our vacation begins.

It’s been too hot to do much work in the garden. Our little urban plot has become quite productive. The arugula was made into pesto as it started bolting and didn’t do as well this year. Lettuce and kale are coming up like crazy as the radishes struggle to stay in season. Zucchini and cucumbers are coming along and I’ve planted some peppers and eggplant as well, so we’ll see. We’re keeping an eye on those blueberry bushes and trying to keep ahead of those birds. I’ve put in thyme and dill and basil and three tomato plants that I hope will do well.

We swam at Walden Pond this morning and I planned an afternoon of kiddie pools and popsicles. It’s too hot to do much else. Tomorrow after C. gets out of work we want to go to the beach for a late afternoon picnic. I’m thinking I can shower Z. and put him in jammies while I’m there and pop him in bed at home.

And oh! I got a writing job for the summer. I’m very nervous and excited as it’s a whole new world of deadlines and strange web design programs but I’m hoping it’s my way in. Wish me luck!

I’ll try to get back here more often as the summer goes on. Outside calls though as I’m sure it does for all of you! Have a wonderful weekend!

First blueberry harvest!

                                                                    Trying to thin the lettuce and eat it at the same time.

I’m hoping to get to this pile of books this summer!

                                                                    The little swimmer!

The Trip


The weekend was full of hiking, waterfalls, cousins, good food, birthday parties, tomato planting, and siblings. A good, busy weekend which admittedly we don’t usually have. The busy part. No naps for Z meaning catch up with sleep this week. Long naps in the stroller while Mama does her errands.

And summer is coming! We planted tomatos and basil this weekend. The lettuce and arugula are up and we’re almost done with the radishes which are so spicy and yummy. A perfect start to the garden season. Zucchini and peppers and cucumbers are just starting and I’m crossing my fingers for some continued warm weather to help the peppers along. Herbs are coming in although next year I’m just going to do plants as I don’t think I’ll get much out of them. Maybe I can keep them going through the winter. And I’m just amazed at the blueberries!

Every morning I stand at the window with my coffee and stare out at the garden. I want to spend my days out there weeding and fussing over the plants instead of going to work. But so soon, so soon.

I wish I had more pictures for you. I love pictures on other blogs but I’m not very good about taking them. I’ve really been into instagram lately. The uploading process slows me down as my computer is getting older and slower and often I’m blogging from my work computer which means emailing pics back and forth. I’m guessing there’s probably an easier way, I just don’t know it.

I want to write some summer goals here in the next couple of days to keep focused. Goals about writing and planting and making and growing more of our own stuff rather than buying. My husband noticed my sister has lots of old antique furniture and is finally on board with thrifting instead of Target. He’s even making an easel out of our old, broken, illegal dropside crib so more on that.

How was your weekend? What are some of your goals for the summer season?