I have managed to tear myself away from the outdoors long enough to draw a birthday card for a close friend in the UK, and for my father-in-law. Note: if you are planning to send anything overseas, allow plenty of time. Two weeks passed before my friend received her drawing, and it was three weeks for my father-in-law. Yikes! I was also proud and honored to have my Violet Protest square included in a display of Montana-made squares at Honey’s Café in Red Lodge, Montana. Organized by Maggy Hiltner, the installation features 24 squares that will be forwarded to Phoenix to join squares from all over the U.S. for the main Violet Protest organized by Ann Morton. My second square is halfway complete and will be ready in time for the November 15, 2020 deadline. You can still participate!
Saturday, August 1, 2020
Mosaic Monday #91: Savoring Summer
Shaking my head in disbelief, I begin to pen this post about July 2020. How can it already be August 2? If you’re like me, August rouses memories of back-to-school shopping, and last-minute attempts to collect on all of summer’s unfulfilled promises. A few days ago, I was weeding along the roadside, and a neighbor paused to chat while walking her dog. She listed the summer visitors she had been hosting, and then switched gears to describe the fall activities for her kids. “And then it will be Christmas,” she said. It might have been the heat and the dazzling sun, but I almost passed out. Christmas? Stop the bus, I want to get off! It feels like summer has just arrived, and it may disappear again with the blink of an eye. Even Whitefish Mountain Resort joined the conspiracy by sending out an invitation for past employees to re-apply for winter positions. Really? So, this post is my deliberate attempt to drag my feet, to savor summer, to deny that fall is around the corner.
Several doctor’s appointments (all is well) and a lengthy visit to the dentist for a crown. Volunteering at the museum. Coffee chit-chats and kayaking with my Dear Neighbor Friend. Ongoing job search support with #1 Son. And of course, joyful intervals in my beloved garden. Activity seemingly makes the hands of the clock launch into overdrive. Occasionally, I long to simply lounge on the deck, gazing out on the beauty right in front of me. When these feelings occur, I rationalize that the season of “lounging” will come of its own accord, when I can no longer be so active. And I jump back into the fray!
Non-human animals have it much simpler, and maybe we (you know I mean me) would be wise to take some lessons from them.
First: take a nap in the heat of the day (not my strong suit)
Second: Eat well (A+ on this one thanks to Head Chef)
Third: Avoid predators (in my case, it's mosquitoes and ticks that threaten my health, and dare I mention the c-word?)
On July 21, I was working in the garden and the badger strolled within 5 feet of me. I was caught by surprise and didn't get him on video. But wouldn't you know he stuck around most of the afternoon, apparently hunting chipmunks, and for your viewing pleasure, I have two videos below. Don't worry, no death and carnage in either one. But if you watch the second one closely, you will see a chipmunk escape the foliage and run under the deck, literally under my feet and then the badger follows.
Fourth: Hang out with buddies (COVID has put a bit of a kibosh on this; I've relished my coffee/kayaking dates with Dear Neighbor Friend, and we invited a couple for dinner on two separate occasions.)
Our back forty is a popular location with the swallows given the lake and the multitudes of flying insects that congregate there. A dead aspen has become a gathering spot for the swallows, until something triggers them to all take off at once, as you can see in this video below.
Sixth: look after your offspring (this is a joy, not a "task". We are so excited #1 Son is moving to Montana while he continues his job search, and #1 Daughter and her boyfriend are visiting in August. The family reunited!)
July is the month when most plants in Montana progress rapidly from leaves to blooms to seeds. As many times as I have walked our property and the surrounding land, I still make new discoveries. And I rejoice in seeing old favorites as well.
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