It’s finally summertime, and the last week of June. Ever since I can remember, the last week of June has always been my favorite week of the year. Ella Fitzgerald’s exquisite rendition plays in the background of my memories.

“Summertime, and the living is … easy …”

blue skies, green grass

Summer yawns out before us with so MUCH promise …

potted geraniums

Daytime light stretches well into the evening.

cherry tomato flower buds

Our vegetables show the promise of what is to come.

sunny pool bottom

Sunshine seeps into my soul.

flowers hang on fence

COLOR is everywhere.

blue cement orbs on edge of pool

Just because! (I love DIY.)

sun tea in mason jars

Making sun tea.

herbs in garden

The garden is planted and herbs are already providing fresh flavor.

dog in garden

(His favorite morning spot.)

basil plant

Basil is the consummate summer herb.

flower buds

Oppressive August heat isn’t yet upon us, and the days are warm and comforting. The top is off the Jeep and the music is good. We enjoy these beautiful days while we can. We know what’s just around the corner.

Eat your meals outdoors.

Go for a walk.


Just BE.

Soak it in.


Summertime, and the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high
Oh, your daddy’s rich and your ma is good-lookin’
So hush, little baby, don’t you cry

One of these mornings you’re gonna rise up singing
And you’ll spread your wings and you’ll take to the sky
But till that morning, there ain’t nothin’ can harm you
With daddy and mammy standin’ by


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