In the past week there has been a shift and I can feel summer waning. The nights are cooler, the sun sets earlier, and the first golden leaves have already drifted off our trees in the backyard. We had our first preschool event, which gave me so much to look forward to in the coming year. I think we’ve found a community of supportive, amazing, caring people that will nurture Vijay in his very first out-of-home experience. We’re pretty jazzed. I think we’re all ready for a bit of structure and routine to our weeks.
It was a strange summer weather wise, wasn’t it? It took quite a long time to warm up, and even in the middle of summer we never experienced the kind of heat that we’re used to (both in Michigan and Providence). On one hand I’m thankful since our home has no air conditioning which makes hot nights super uncomfortable. But on the other hand, I think I’ve only submerged myself in the pool a handful of times since it is always so chilly. What does this mean for the garden? Basically, it means that nothing really went as planned! But would you look at that harvest above- the colors are so vibrant and gorgeous they almost make me forget that most of my tomatoes are sitting green and heavy on the vine. As before, I took notes throughout the growing season, and I’m glad I did since there were quite a few duds this year, namely the carrot and radish varieties I chose, which were both bitter tasting. But this is why gardening is so intriguing. You put your trust in this tiny seed, nurture it and water it, and then wait to see what it produces. And the results will never be the same thanks to all the variables. If things feel quiet around here, just know that I’m digging around in the dirt, taking time to do some deep thinking about our family’s future, and spending the last few warm days at the pool with the kiddos. It’s going to be alright.