Friday, May 26, 2017


I don't have kids in school anymore, but my life still keeps pace with school holidays and breaks, which I kind of like. I always loved school, both the experience of being in a classroom and the rhythm of the school year. If I had my way, I would still be enrolled somewhere and often am, online or taking classes in the community.  At work, I'm always aware of school schedules, as I schedule kids for appointments and moms seem to breathe a sigh of relief as summer rolls around and their schedules are easier to work around.

Our house is located just down the street from the local high school and middle school. At this time of year, the street is quiet as I work at my desk and look out the window.  No kids walking to school, or cars driving by on the way to classes.

All this to say that summer is unofficially here, as marked by the Memorial Day weekend and the hanging of flags on our town's main street. Every year, the flags come out Memorial Day weekend and remain up until the town festival after Labor Day.

We're going to welcome summer this weekend with a barbeque and a baseball game. The barbeque will be on Sunday with hamburgers, potato salad, deviled eggs and baked beans. On Monday, Dan and I are going to see the Rockies play. Who, by the way, are having the best season ever! Fingers crossed, it's only May, but can't help but be excited!

Dan got the bikes out last week and pumped up the tires. I have the schedule for our town's outdoor concert series clipped out and on the fridge. They are held on Wednesday nights at the amphitheater by the pond.  We walk and carry lawn chairs, or ride bikes and take a blanket.

We need to get some fresh sand for the grandkids' turtle sandbox in the backyard, and I'm going to look for a small watering can for Brooklynn, because she sure loved helping me water the flowers last night with her little teapot.

The gardens are set, with the exception of parsley. I'm looking for flat-leafed and all I can find is the curly leaf which is a bit tough for my liking.  And I want to put one more flower pot on the front porch, in the container that my friend gifted me last year.

Summer! Bring it on!



Linda Hoye said...

Happy summer! Love your sweet little garden helper!

Mildred said...

Such a precious helper!
Our first home together was located between a grammar school and high school. We would hear the band practice, hear the football games, see the children play on the was so quiet in the summer!
Sounds like you will really enjoy the summer weather. Have a blessed weekend.

Melinda said...

Well, now I am up to speed with all your doings.
Your trip looked like fun. I saw some of the places we went to our
visit in your pics.
Congrats to the Rockies! The Royals are having a tough season
but as you said, "it is only May."
Enjoy your holiday weekend.

M : )

Dewena said...

I've been absent from blogging for a week and just now read your post on Taos. That soup sounds wonderful! I love chilled soups even in winter. Actually I love my leftover homemade soups served cold better than hot. Your trip sounds like you enjoyed it thoroughly, Karen. I would have enjoyed the Kit Carson museum. It think of him every time I make chili because of his supposed to be true deathbed quote about wanting another bowl of chili. Did you learn whether that was true or not?

Your herb garden looks so healthy. My chives don't have any blossoms yet, show no sign of having any. But there were two really big rosemary bushes here when we moved. Your Memorial Day weekend sounds perfect! Good luck to the Rockies.

Here in Nashville, which right now is going by its nickname Smashville, Stanley Cup fever is raging as our Predators have made it to the finals for the first time ever. So Monday night all eyes will be on the game on television.

Happy Memorial Day,

Mereknits said...

Summer is here too but it means different things in Florida. Yup the kids are out of school but I still work which is an interesting trying to make sure someone is home with Little B. The temps are horrible and my flowers are gone, I tried to replant today and almost passed out in the heat. I am all about Spring and Fall here! Enjoy your weekend.