I had a moment of panic the other day when I realized that the lilacs had already gone by (they were super early this year--normally they peak at Memorial Day, and then rot in a week of rain; this year they were done by the middle of May!). Then it occurred to me that the Summer Solstice is coming up, and you know what that means, don't you? The days will start getting shorter again!! I always feel like summer slips by me like a river, and I just stand in its flow, trying to scoop up at handfuls of water that trickle out of my grasp. To make matters worse, I now only have two free days a week on which to appreciate and enjoy summer (where ever since M was small I had four).
I'm determined to make the best of it, though. Monday night, since I heated up leftover macaroni and cheese for dinner, we had a bit of extra time, so we had an impromptu picnic on the deck.
I want to have a lot more picnics this summer. Here's the short list of what else I want to get done this season:
Go to the beach (a lot!)
Stay home (and not tell anyone we're here)
Make cardboard looms and weave with the boys
Read in my hammock
Go camping at least one more time
Outfit a picnic basket
Make a picnic blanket (I'm halfway there)
Establish a dinner schedule and routine
Establish a food shopping schedule
Eat only local foods in July and August
Make jam (good jam, for once)
Go berry picking
Make a summer blouse
Finish my Inside Out journal
Make parachute guys with clothespins and napkins with the boys
Exercise every day
Eat no refined sugar (I started this last Tuesday and plan to go until my birthday--August 20, FYI)
Make a meringue with whipped cream, chocolate and berries for my birthday (maybe a bit of sugar)
Get some hikes in for Capital Walks (long-term goal: finish all the hikes in the area and write a book, already)
What are your summer plans?