Summer, while not official until next week, is official in my book. School is out. The sun is shining (for now). We're prepping for our trip to the beach. Have I mentioned how much easier that prep is when it's an 80 mile drive instead of 1400 miles? Much easier.
Strawberries are in season! I picked up my first flat on Saturday and we have been eating like they are going out of style. I also bought rhubarb at the farmer's market. Crisp was made with olive oil instead of butter, which was surprisingly good. I'll be buying another flat tomorrow for making jam. And then another for freezing berries for smoothies and ice cream.
Related to the olive oil crisp topping is that I'm doing a 30 day vegan workshop. It has been such a great way for me to segue our family into a summer style of eating - lots of fresh whole foods that are mostly plants. We haven't been strictly vegan. We're still eating all of those eggs from our chickens and have kept yogurt for morning granola (and I have had to keep my tablespoon of half & half for my coffee). But overall, it has been pretty great to discover new dishes through the workshop and figure out how to rework some family favorites. The experience really deserves its own post, so I'll do that once the workshop is finished and I have finished processing what it meant in terms of how we eat.
I am nearly done with that shawl up there. 1.5 rows, bind off, and blocking left. I'm going to go work on that right now. I'm itching to start a new sweater and I have some granny squares to make. Those and the seaming up of a very old knitting project are the agenda for my beach knitting. The shawl in on the agenda for beach wearing. The Oregon coast in June is big on the grey and drizzly. Perfect for shawl wearing.
I swore off Facebook and Twitter for the summer. That may mean that I'm here more and it may not. I just don't know. What I do know is that I want to connect with my people in more meaningful ways. I want to walk in the woods and pick berries and sit on the patio with good food, cold beer, and fun conversation. Plus I have a mile long summer bucket list that does not allow for much computer time. I'm looking forward to the break. So, I'm going to live up to that right now. Time to go sit on the patio with my coffee and some leftover crisp and finish that shawl while Kit digs for worms.