Monday, June 21, 2010

longest day

Happy Summer Solstice! I tried Google images for a picture for this post--either they were incredibly inappropriate (some men are waaaaay too proud of their anatomy, people!) or obscure (kayaks? Justin Long? too confusing). But Solstice it is, and in my neck of the woods this Official First Day of Summer began at 6:00 with Mr. G's smiling face (although dusk actually got started at 4:33) and won't end until the sunlight fades into black sometime around 9:30 tonight. According to my research, tomorrow will be the same length of day, so if you can't celebrate Solstice today, you should have time tomorrow. 16 hours and 45 minutes, to be exact. About the same time I spent in labor with Mr. T.

Today we'll celebrate by picking strawberries. Somewhere else. Because I thought I was so smart last summer when I dug up our strawberry patch and filled it in with soil from the creek bed to enrich it. What I actually did was introduce a whole bunch of invasive stinging nettle and reed canary grass seeds which have successfully taken over the strawberry patch again, making it look even worse than before. So this summer I'll have to kill the entire patch and smother it with newspapers and a compost soil mixture I bought from a landscaper and replant the whole works. In essence: I'm really dumb. But fortunately we can still find sustainably grown strawberries a short drive from home.

Spill it, reader: what's on your Solstice agenda?

27 comments:

  1. I really want to go to the beach, but the weather is not be helpful. I also don't think we will get the baseball game in tonight - supposed to be played "under the lights"

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  2. I woke up at 5 this morning (crazy early for me) and am working all day, but we're planning on going to a midsummer's night parade through a nearby Prague park on Wednesday. Apparently the parade will be led by the king and queen of the fairies and children are invited to dress up as fairies, elves, or beetles and bring candle lit lanterns with them.

    Happy Solstice and strawberry picking!

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  3. Believe it or not, today is the last day of school for my second grader...it's a half day so when he gets off the bus we are going directly to an ice-cream-for-lunch-last-day-of-school celebration. A tradition since he started preschool!

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  4. I'm going to work for a few hours and also tackle some small projects around the house. After that, work on blog posts.

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  5. Hmmm...my agenda is just going to be work, work, work, grocery shopping & work. Don't be jealous of the life I lead! :)

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  6. So far I'm trying to keep my dog from going crazy. We had a hail storm a couple months ago that damaged our roof, and the roofers are peeling everything off. Tanner is convinced that there are giant sized squirrels up there, doing who knows what.
    It's going to be a long, loud day.

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  7. I wish I did something to celebrate solstice... or any other event... but the truth is, I'm not much of a celebrator on my own. I need a group of people to celebrate with... guess I'm a follower. :P

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  8. I'm going to be straightening the house and hanging sheets on the line. HOpefully everything will be dry by the time the rain hits today.

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  9. Work, work, and more work. Report due Wednesday. Then off on a jetplane (yes, the song is in my head) for an adult weekend at an out of state wedding. YEAH!!! Hopefully when I get home tonight the landscapers will have the front lawn seeded and tractors will be gone for good!

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  10. Just going to mentally honor the length of the day. I will spend a few moments remembering the Summer Solstice Day I spent on my own in Santa Barbara, CA, in 1984. I was 19, on my own in a strange city made even stranger by the Solstice parade and festivities. It was glorious!

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  11. I plan to sit and enjoy the rest of this fine sunny morning whilst nursing a minor injury (stepped on a nail). However the forecast calls for thunder showers so I might be in for a treat. I love thunder showers.

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  12. I don't think there is anything solstice-y on my agenda today. ;( But I did get a kick out of your post!

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  13. I am going to put a net over our strawberry plant (singular) because something or someone keeps eating the strawberries before we get a chance. Tomorrow I have the day off and Lola and I will celebrate the longest day by painting gnome houses to put outside in the garden.

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  14. My FAVORITE day of the year!

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  15. Mow the back yard tonight! Try taking the cat out on his new halter...try to get a good picture of the tiger-lilies that have opened up! Rum & cigar with Elegua on my stairstep...maybe go downtown and make a little (fun) mischief tonight when it ever gets here...thank the earth and plants for staying on their cycle and providing such bounty to me this year...
    * ; )

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  16. I'm loving that today is the longest day! We're spending the week on the most beautful lake ever---been up since 7:00--boys tubing, water that is crystal clear and amazing---good friends, good times, a Great Day!

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  17. I'm loving that today is the longest day! We're spending the week on the most beautful lake ever---been up since 7:00--boys tubing, water that is crystal clear and amazing---good friends, good times, a Great Day!

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  18. oh no!!!!!! Are you sure it's summer solstice??? I can't even see the sun!! :(

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  19. A new Wii dance game with my oldest daughter--she has rhythm and I have none, so it should be fun for one of us!

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  20. "About the same time I spent in labor with Mr. T." LOL!! Do you think of this every summer solstice?

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  21. i worked, i made dinner, i went to walmart -- i think i need a redo.

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  22. Dang it. Longest day of the year and it is almost over. Where do the days go.

    Bummer about the strawberry mess.

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  23. I'm editing--and it feels like the longest day. :)

    We only picked strawberries once this year (in March), but I've been enjoying picking peaches at a newly discovered place.

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  24. Making sugar flowers for my cake decorating class - gotta love sugar and solstice

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  25. My strawberry patch is out of control, growing like mad....but not berries. Nope, Growing lots of big beautiful strawberry plants, but no sight of any berries yet!

    I woke up early and had a fairly nice day at work, then had a nice healthy dinner, and a good hour on the treadmill. And now I'm off to bed....so I guess I'm not really celebrating the solstice, but I am glad to have had a nice day all around!

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  26. I spent the day planning for my booth at our upcoming homemade/handmade market.

    And here's a nice summer graphic for you: http://www.zingerbug.com/graphic.php?MyFile=happy_summer_reflecting_sunrise.php&ID=C419.php

    Yours in Frugal Green-ness,
    Rebecca The Greeniac
    www.GreeniacDigest.com

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  27. Both of my boys had baseball games. Sort of my theme for the whole summer.

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Spill it, reader.