My wife says it all.
The air conditioner in my car died several years ago but I never got it fixed. I had a lot of excuses… it was going to be expensive and I didn’t really need it because I could always open the windows like we did when I was a kid. Plus, I felt kind of righteous cause it saves gas not using a/c.
It’s been an odd spring weather wise. Sort of like that box of chocolates Forrest Gump talks about in the movie… you never know what you’re gonna get. Rain, no rain for a month or so, heat wave in the 80’s and 90’s and chilly enough for a coat and then rain again. My Tilly rain hat has gotten a lot of wear lately. (I don’t care how goofy it looks… it keeps the rain off my neck!)
But as has been mentioned in earlier posts, the traffic…
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Today is the longest day of the year, the summer solstice. A time for rededication and rejoicing. I got up to watch the sunrise and gather a few herbs, still wet with dew–rose, yarrow, lavender, elderflower, sage, lemon balm–whatever felt right to me.
Tonight I will light a small bonfire in the yard, a way of being grateful for this longest day by trying to extend it just a bit. This Saturday in Finland, everyone will be lighting the Juhannus kokko, a bonfire.
As in much of Europe the pagan solstice celebration was combined into the Christian Feast of Saint John the Baptist. In Sweden and in some parts of Finland there will be dancing around midsummer poles (we Americans think of them as Maypoles, but in Scandinavia, May is still too early in the year for the abundance of flowers and greenery.)
I wish you a joyous day, in whatever way you wish to celebrate this longest span of sun and light. Blessed be.
Traveling wife, chickens, sewing, archery, dogs, work, plumbing issues, disenchantment. That’s why I’ve been away. Hope to be back soon.
I shot a bow and arrow for the first time in my life today at Jenna’s farm. She was hosting the Archery practice for her local area SCA (I’m sure I got that all screwed up, sorry!). Anyway, I borrowed a bow and 6 hot pink arrows and played along. I thought I did okay, and apparently the others thought I did really well for a first time out. It was fun! Now my shoulders are sore…
UPDATE: Here is Jenna’s post about today. You can see my pink arrow in the middle actually earned a few points (not a typical shot.)