Here are a few recent pictures of summer. All of these photos were made with the iPhone.
When I moved into my first home many years ago, someone asked me if I liked gardening. I said no. Truthfully, I had no interest in it at all. I couldn’t quite understand how other people really enjoyed it. It was amusing that was one of the first questions I was asked; it made me feel like I was “supposed” to be interested in it. It’s been over 20 years now, and I can say I enjoy it much better now and even do like it. I get annoyed with the thistles and weeds, though (like everyone else). I was told that the original dirt used around the house contained thistles; hence the continual battle with this one weed. It is frustrating and it seems like a never-ending battle. Moreover, though I prefer the look of mulch/wood chips over pea gravel, the weeds and thistles are making me wish there was pea gravel instead of mulch that needs periodic replacing.
We went to visit some of my mother’s friends, and they had a lemon tree, bursting with unripe, green lemons. It just made me wish I lived in a place I could have a lemon tree. (What is wrong with me, that I have been writing about plants lately?!? I feel so old when I talk about plants. I don’t know what it is and why I am doing that. Whatever. Just going with it right now.)
My younger son, who has always liked snakes and insects, kept saying how much he really wanted to see a snake. There are lizards that scale the exterior of the brick walls of my home in the south, but he wanted to see a real, bona fide, poisonous snake. I told him I am aware that rattlesnakes, copperheads, and cotton mouths were for certain in my home town area, and I am sure there are others. I told him about how I saw a copperhead slithering in the middle of the steaming, hot street one summer years ago, and how a neighbor dealt with the creature. I told him the story of the rattler that ended up in my house once, too. I told him how a popular swimming hole had to be closed because of the sighting of a cottonmouth. I told him that garter snakes (harmless yard snakes) were found in my yard when I was a kid. Snakes do exist in the upper Midwest, too, though sightings are less common. Once at Noah’s Ark, a popular water park in WI, I was on some sort of water ride and saw a water snake swimming with its head above the water! That wasssss unexpected, let me tell you. :) I do believe that there are no poisonous snakes in the upper Midwest, but that is not true at all for the South, where it is wise to watch out in wooded areas.
No – not really! That isn’t true! It is actually the view from my parents’ deck, to the side and back yard. :-D Did you really believe me? I think it could truly pass for a cabin in the woods from this angle. I just love this view of the trees.
It is always hard for me to believe how quickly summer seems to roll on by. It is nearly the end of July now, and then it will be August. Some schools start back in August; some not until September. But August is still that last wind-down month of summer, the month for the last hurrahs of summer: picnics, splashing in the water, outdoorsy things. I always wish for it to be longer… like a child asking for extra time to stay up at bedtime, I am asking for more summer and sun, because the dark night is looming (aka, the long, dark, brutally cold winter…..)