Oh Summer. We have such a complex relationship. Last night my talented friend Jami helped me with a professional photo-shoot. (More of those pictures to come.) It was such a gorgeous night. I honestly don’t think there is anything better than a breezy, warm summer night. (Here in Utah we don’t have much humidity, so nights outdoors are amazingly pleasant.) Those kind of nights always bring back waves of nostalgia – especially of my teenage years and being out with friends.
But summer is tricky too, and sometimes a little bit exhausing. I finally realized what makes it stressful for me – the lack of structure. Don’t get me wrong, one of the great things about summer is the lazy, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants, care-free lifestyle. But the part of me that craves planning and schedules can sometimes get frustrated…
I’m trying to do better about just ‘letting-go’ and enjoying the moment. I actually read a book, or two, over the past few weeks, which I honestly haven’t done for months. So there you go. Has anyone else watched or read Call the Midwife? It’s my latest favorite show from the BBC [of course.] Highly recommend both books and show. There are some gritty, hard, tragic parts, but that was the reality that people faced (some of it makes Dickens look like a fairy tale.) And the hope, and faith, and human kindness that come out if it, is so endearing and inspiring. (Although there is a little TMI about the “Cafes” (aka Brothels) in the first book. You may want to skip that part.)
We’ve been trying to explore new places. This is one my friend Calli told me about. It’s a 110-yr-old summer-house in the foothills a few miles from our house. All that is left of the house itself are two crumbling exterior walls, but there are remnants of the flower garden surrounding the house.
The coolest part is the poppies that were part of the original garden have spread over the surrounding hills and bloom during mid-June. What an awesome legacy of the original gardener. Makes you wonder what small act you do that might leave a remnant behind 110 years later for other people to enjoy.
I’m trying to remind myself to embrace this time with my kids right now and do a better job of living in the moment – a constant battle. They are at such fun ages – I seriously think we’re in the golden years before they’re too grown up and don’t want to hang around with us as much anymore. I feel like I need to soak it up and make the most of it while I can.
One thing we’re doing is volunteering at This Is the Place Heritage Park in Salt Lake City. (Think Pioneer version of Williamsburg or Old Sturbridge Village.) It’s a place we’ve liked visiting in summers past and my kids were so excited about volunteering there once a week this summer.
I have to admit, I was less enthusiastic, but felt like I’d better run with it since they were gung-ho (even the boys), and probably won’t always feel that way about dressing in pioneer clothes and hanging out someplace with no access to phones, computers or other screens.
The first week we went there, I realized that this is going to work out even better than I’d hoped. Time to hang out together, un-interrupted and un-distracted. We’re even working on a quilt. I think it’s just what I needed. I’m going to have to share more thoughts and pictures on that adventure in a future post.
So life feels full and busy, but it’s a good full and busy. My time at the computer gets more and more limited in the summer – but that is not always a bad thing. I am getting some sporadic sewing time, so that is a nice little bonus. I finally finished piecing my blocks for this version of my Double Crossed pattern (that I started last summer), using a vintage-sheet-inspired line, Dream On for Moda. (That collection is a few years old.) I need to add some borders and get it quilted, but fingers crossed, it will be done before the end of summer! Maybe.