Simple Joys Of Summer


Oh, how I love the long lazy days of summer!  As I watched a few dried leaves swirling down the road on an early morning breeze, I was reminded that there are only a few short weeks left in August.  I’ve decided to savor every single moment.

Life seems so much easier this time of year, doesn’t it?  I love being able to slide into a pair of flip flops before heading out the door.  Our meals are so much less complicated too – a slice of watermelon for lunch on hot days and a big salad  made with goodies from the farmer’s market along with some fresh, crusty bread  for dinner.  Yum.  Oh, and did I forget  to mention the homemade ice cream from the local dairy?(Sigh)

Living in a townhouse, we don’t have much of a backyard to speak of, but we do have a deck and a tiny (about 10′ x 16′) fenced in courtyard – I call this my secret garden.  It’s the perfect spot to sit outdoors and sip morning coffee, read, write or plan projects for the cooler months ahead.  I’m thinking of a brightly colored afghan for the living room and maybe a patchwork throw – very ambitious planning!

For now, I think I’ll just enjoy a walk around the neighborhood, taking pleasure in all the lush greenery and the bright colors of the last of the summer flowers.  Have a wonderful day!






  1. says

    Hi Susan: I so enjoyed the photos you posted today. I had been thinking about preparing a family dinner with the usual trimmings, but your post inspired me to plan something simpler. (Not sure how the family will feel about that.) And I love the idea of a small, walled garden space with a table and chairs for two. We live on three wooded acres, which I love, but things tend to sprawl and be excessively informal. Sometimes a part of me cries out for a special, more private space. I wonder what I could create….

    Keep the blog posts coming!

    • says

      Thank you so much, Nola. I really do love my “secret garden”, but 3 acres of woodlands sounds beautiful too – the perfect place to sit and daydream.

  2. Nina says

    The photos are truly blissful…and a lovely reminder to find the beauty that is present in our lives every day. Also, I do find that meals can be a lot simpler in the summer. Right now I am experiencing the typical late-summer quandry of what to do with all those lovely tomatoes from my garden before they are ruined! Any ideas??

    • says

      Susan, I just posted a picture of tomatoes on my Facebook page. We have an overabundance as well this year. I like to layer them in a baking dish with bread crumbs, garlic, oregano, basil and favorite cheeses, then bake lightly. I like the tomatoes to be warmed through but still fairly firm, and the cheese melted. Yum!

      • says

        Thank you for sharing your recipe for baked tomatoes. Maybe my reader with the over abundance of tomatoes can try this. I’m planning on making it after my next trip to the farmer’s market.

    • says

      Wish I lived next door to you. I loooove fresh from the garden tomatoes, but I do understand that at this time of year even the smallest garden can yield way more tomatoes than you can possibly use. What about freezing them? You can remove the stems and clean out the stem area and blanche them in a pot of boiling water for 30-60 seconds. Remove them with a slotted spoon directly into an ice bath. Lay them on a clean towel to dry and then puree them in the blender. Pour into freezer bags, making sure to get all the air out, then lay them flat on a cookie sheet and pop into the freezer. In a couple of hours, take them off the sheet and just stack them up in your freezer and dream of all the comfort foods you can use them for in the cooler months.

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