The rhythm of life changes today with the arrival of the summer solstice.
Cooking in is happily traded with grilling out. My menu flexibility opens with the abundance offered from my newly planted herb garden. Meals are more flavorful and quicker to prepare, and my wallet is slightly heavier with the savings generated when I harvest from the back deck instead of the local supermarket.
T-ball practice is replaced with swimming practice and with it a welcome switch from metal bleachers to pool-side lounge chairs. The monotony of an endless practice schedule is suddenly much easier to tolerate.
Swimming, in general, gives us more options when the Young One inevitably breaks out with a chorus of every momma’s favorite tune, “I’m bored.” Bored with jumping in the water? Here’s a raft…float a while. Don’t want to float, any more? Try some dive sticks. Need a new game? Take this water blaster and soak your Daddy! All the while, I’ll sip my iced tea, rearrange my towel, and try to remember where I was in my book.
Yes, maybe, I can be enticed into the water too. I might even get my hair wet! Who cares! It’s SUMMER!
Days are longer. Bedtime for the Young One is later. Playing is simply more fun when the weather is warm.
For the grown ups, reading by the fire is replaced with cocktails on the deck. My personal goal for the summer–test a different drink recipe each weekend. So far, we’ve sampled pomegranate martinis, cherry margaritas and blueberry mojitos with homegrown mint! And yes, seasonal fruit is a prerequisite for all recipes.
And speaking of fruit…getting healthy nutrition into my pickiest child has never been easier. Strawberries, blueberries, peaches, oh my! And don’t forget watermelon, cantaloup and plums. Yum!
Summer is here!
I am so looking forward to sitting back, relaxing and letting the rhythm of the season slow my hectic pace.
What’s your favorite season?
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