Sultry Summer

It’s been a wonderful week here in northern Virginia, despite the oppressive humidity. My walks are starting earlier each day as I try to avoid the heat, but this morning I discovered an added bonus — a wild blackberry bush! I figured I’d better pick some before the birds discovered them. And wow, they tasted really good mixed in with blueberries and raspberries on my breakfast cereal! 😊

Since Independence Day fell on Thursday this year, it seemed more like a Saturday. We drove out to visit Mom at her nursing home, and my brother met us there with Chick-fil-A — Mom’s favorite treat! It was a special belated birthday celebration and we enjoyed spending some time together.

Just a quick update on the garden front . . .

Our tomatoes were rapidly disappearing from the vine, and all my zucchini as well! Some were completely devoured (mainly the cherry tomatoes) and some had big chunks missing. My hubby borrowed a “have-a-heart” trap, hoping to catch the critter, but that same evening he spooked a large doe in the garden. She had somehow broken through the wire fence, and was so frightened that she crashed right through it again during her escape! We haven’t had any further issues, but we are on guard for any more unwelcome guests.

I’m going to take a couple weeks off from blogging as we head out of town for a well-deserved vacation. Our road trip will take us to the Carolinas and Tennessee, where we will visit friends and family. We are eagerly anticipating this break since we haven’t had any time away since last fall.

Hopefully we will still have a garden when we return. 😉

I’ll look forward to sharing stories and photos from our trip in a few weeks. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy some summer fun too!

 

 

Silence and Serendipity

Church life gets very quiet after Vacation Bible School.

Two weeks ago we were gearing up for a week full of excitement as nearly 150 children, and as many volunteers, descended upon our church. Every Bible-themed VBS week provides a fun and Spirit-filled adventure, and as always, I am sad to see it end.

As you can see from the photo above, the decorations are amazing and they take a tremendous amount of time and creativity. The walls always look so drab and empty when everything is dismantled and packed away.

This annual summer event is a lot of work for all involved, but I love being a part of all the activity. I also love hearing the children laughing and singing as they pass my office each morning.

The Sound of Silence

Following such a busy week, last Monday arrived with an odd silence. Most of the staff was out, still recovering from post VBS cleanup. There were several times when I was completely alone in the church, with the exception of the mailman, the UPS guy, and a few friends who stopped by to say hello. Still, I welcomed the peace and quiet and had a fairly productive week.

As I age, I am learning to appreciate silence. It’s a rare find most days. When it does presents itself, I take full advantage of the moment.

Spiced Wine and Zinnias

Mid-week we had a visit from relatives passing through on their way home to Tennessee. I took Thursday off, and it turned out to be a perfect day to visit two local wineries (Twin Oaks Tavern Winery and Bluemont Winery), and grab lunch at Bear Chase Brewing Company. Despite the heat, we enjoyed some great food and wine and spectacular views of the Blue Ridge.

This brief, unplanned respite gave us time to catch up with family and do a bit of exploring before heading back to work on Friday. It was a great way to end the week!

Our weekend has been full of ongoing home projects and preparation for another quick family visit. I took a few minutes to rest on the patio this evening while admiring the colorful zinnias that are now in full bloom. The gladiolas won’t be far behind.

We will celebrate our nation’s birthday this week with my brother and Mom, who turns 85 on July 2nd. Every day with her is a gift from God, and we look forward to our family celebrations as a time to make special memories.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!