Seasons to Remember

You can’t deny it . . .  fall is on the horizon. This realization hit me when my Google calendar suddenly flipped from July to August. We returned from two weeks overseas and found Halloween candy in the stores.

I am looking forward to fall though, but honestly, it has nothing to do with pumpkin spice latté. I’m ready to welcome the cooler sweater weather, colorful leaves, and college football. I long to sleep at night again with the windows wide open!

As a kid, I lived for summer. When your childhood home is on the ocean, you spend the entire winter dreaming about the days when you can run barefoot in the sand. I loved those carefree surf-filled sunny days, and listening to the waves crashing beneath my window at night. They are memories that truly stay with you for a lifetime.

Years later, my folks moved to the mountains of southwestern Maine and I discovered a new love for pine forests, fall foliage, and maple syrup. I saw my first moose and fed a chickadee from my hand. I went apple picking and even tried snowshoeing. And of all the Christmas mornings I can remember, nothing compared to waking up in the mountains with snow falling and a fire crackling in the wood stove.

I will always have fond memories of my childhood summers on the beach. Time has passed and I have lots of new memories of summers spent at the beach and in the mountains with my own children. And as the calendar flips to a new month, a new season, or a new year, I will look forward to many more seasons in my life, shared with friends and family, creating memories to cherish forever.

Welcome Summer!

It’s a quiet and balmy weekend here in northern Virginia, and it feels like summer is settling in. As promised in an earlier post, here are a few photos of our garden.

Once the rain moved out, our peonies burst into bloom and our veggie plants took off.  It is a work in progress, but it’s looking good so far. My husband is a gifted gardener, so I cannot take credit for anything that is green and growing.

Today, along with BBQ ribs, we enjoyed a salad that included fresh-picked Romaine lettuce and radishes from our garden. My mom and brother came for a visit and we watched some old home movies together. Life is good. Family time is so precious. And I am reminded that freedom is never free.

What a blessing and a privilege it is, sharing this Memorial Day with family and friends. I will never take for granted the freedoms I enjoy and the sacrifices that were made by so many brave men and women in uniform.

Enjoy your holiday, and may God continue to bless and protect our troops. 🇺🇸