A Summer List

It has been another crazy week. My poor Davy called me Tuesday morning when I got up for work. “Ready to have your day ruined? I hit a deer.”

Remember that new car we got last year?

This is what it looks like now.

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We’re still waiting to see if the car is totaled or not, but instead of focusing on that, here’s a list of things I am looking forward to, present and future.

Eating: frozen grapes. I love having a bowl of them after dinner. It’s the iciness of a cube that pops into a sweet burst of flavor. So good. Like an icee pop for adults. (Except we also have icee pops in our freezer….)

Drinking: mojitos. I made them for the first time this week with some mint from our garden. So refreshing I had two in a row.

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Practicing: being calm. Choosing to find things funny instead of getting upset about them.

Mastering: keeping the kitchen floor clean. It’s a battle every week. I will sweep it, vacuum it, Swiffer it, and mop it (all in a row), and two minutes later, it’s dirty again.

Learning: sign language. It’s something I’ve always wanted to learn (for no particular reason, although Mr. Holland helped), so I think I’ll either take a class at the university in town or do an online course in the next year. I think it will be good to exercise my brain a little and learn something new.

Trying: to keep my vegetable and herb plants alive. Dave is especially protective: “Did you water the tomatoes yet?! They need love!” It reminds me of when my mom used to sing to her plants to help them grow.

Playing: outside. Biking, walking, sticking my hand out an open car window, watering the plants, reading on a beach blanket on our lawn–I am trying to put as little space between me and the summer air as I can.

Finishing: about two dozen jars of Inglehoffer Creamy Dill Mustard with Lemon & Capers by myself in the last year. I told Dave to join me, but he is afraid I will go berserk if he finishes a jar of mustard without me.

Reading: books from my bookshelf instead of buying new ones. I’ve already reread The Da Vinci Code, The Dive from Clausen’s Pier and Little Bee, and now I’m onto To Kill a Mockingbird.

Remembering: Dave’s Grandma Ardy and my Uncle Andy. This Saturday would have been my uncle’s next birthday and as musical as he was, I think it’s fitting that we’re going to see The Phantom of the Opera.

Wearing: dresses, skirts, leggings, and lavender body spray. Because pants are too hot, and I want to smell like a flower.

Cooking: on the grill. Bison burgers, asparagus, romaine, watermelon, baby red potatoes, and brie (which I have yet to try!). Everything tastes better on the grill.

Working: ten hour shifts so I can have a day off during the week. The days are longer, but Thursdays are much sweeter.

Traveling: from the middle of the state to the northeast part of the state. Dave and I have mostly been sticking close to home, but I have several fun things planned near our old town this summer: a musical this weekend and Illgenstock to name a couple.

Wanting: everything a little more than is practical.

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3 thoughts on “A Summer List

  1. I love this! Pants are hot and I want to smell like a flower too! I hope everything turns out for Dave’s car, but I’m glad he’s okay.

  2. First of all, super sorry to hear about the car. I hope it isn’t totaled! But I loved your look on the bright side — this list is full of so many great things! Frozen grapes are amazing, as are double servings of mojitos (the only way to drink them, I think). I also love that you are re-reading books on your shelf. To Kill A Mockingbird is one of my all-time favorites. I may have to do some re-reading this summer, too!

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