In the blink of an eye (or, in my case, a week travelling) summer arrived. The heat pump units whir back to life as homes begin the extended season of air conditioning. Thunderstorms are regularly in the forecast. And the now fully-leafed trees and tall, scraggly grasses are Crayola Green, to which the azaleas — a flower our area is known for — offer a shockingly fluorescent contrast.
Almost tiny enough to overlook at the moment, I’m looking forward to these first homegrown strawberries of the season. Sweet in every sense of the word!
Do you have anything planned for this weekend? April is wonderfully and lamentably a very, very busy month for both of us, including hours on hours on hours of work travel by car for me, so I am so glad we have a quiet, obligation-free weekend ahead. Catch up on house work, address too-long-put-off garden prep, and maybe, just maybe, time together for a game or two of cribbage or a walk in the sunshine after a s.t.r.e.s.s.f.u.l week.
You guys, I have the best update: After a two-month holiday, our osprey couple reclaimed their tree and have begun the process of building a new nest!
“Best” might mean something else to you, but this development gives me hope. Hope that the birds and wildlife who make their homes in our gradually diminishing coastal wetlands will continue to thrive for many years, and hope for any one of us who might need the reminder that there is always hope, no matter how many skies have fallen.
I’m dreaming of recreating + improving this lemon meringue pie aquafaba ice cream. It was as dreamy and lemony and cloud-like as it looks, and could potentially dethrone my reigning signature spring dessert. A project for one weekend soon.