Smack in the middle of summer, the birds' chirping is relaxed, gossipy but not the keyed-up mating cries of spring. The crickets and bugs hum gently, a low buzz that invites a friendly visit to the fields. The plants are a deep green, the deepest green before the first tinge of gold that will strike them next month. I've been walking on paths through the woods, through the fields, and last night along our road where I met a kind old gentleman who pointed out the hundreds of crayfish in our creek. Neither of us ever saw anything like it before--just amazing. No idea why there are so many, in previous years I maybe saw five, most years none. But this year they are abundant. The mosquitoes are scarce, the evening breezes steady and I'm almost always barefoot outside in the thick of it. Summer vacation is the best.
I have a to-do list today, though. I made it in pictures to share.
|Pull these thistles, plus two more giant bullthistles that snuck up to 5 feet tall.|
|Pick these peas.|
|Read. Right there in that hammock. With a popsicle.|
|Go through this back-to-school list and these coupons.|
|Scrub this empty, defrosted freezer and leave it OFF.|
|Buy lumber so I can finish this back garden. I have BIG plans for that far corner spot, as you can see the other five are doing just fine this season. This work in progress is nearly wrapped up.|
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Spill it, reader. How's summer in your neck of the woods?