Technically, summer isn't over, but it's fading. The autumn equinox isn't until September 23rd, but the evenings are getting shorter, and it's almost dark when I get up at 6:00 in the morning. My husband and I were out biking recently, and we could see how things are changing. The soybeans are turning; the oats have been harvested; and some of the trees closest to the road are actually turning at the upper branches. I love late summer.
This was a good summer for many reasons.
Good visits. We have been able to spend time with the kids fairly often this summer, gathering for meals together. They all came home to celebrate the July birthdays. It was fun to hear them in their grandparents' pool, playing and laughing. It brought a lot of joy to my mother-in-law, and that made me happy, too.
Good television viewing. Discovered two new shows: The Crimson Field, which is about nurses in World War I, Wolf Hall which is about Thomas Cromwell and his dealings with Henry VIII. What would I do without PBS?
Good recipes. I discovered two really excellent recipes. One is chick peas with rice. There are so many ways one could change this recipe up. I cooked my rice with vegetable broth and on another occasion, I used regular brown rice rather than basmati rice. It makes enough for my husband and I to have a meal, and then for me to have lunch leftovers. Another excellent recipe was a pork tenderloin crock pot recipe. The sauce the pork is cooked in has soya sauce, mustard, garlic, and maple syrup in it. It was so easy, and the meat was very tender. I served it once with a combination of roasted white potatoes and sweet potatoes.
Good friends. We had a visit from friends who started out as "internet friends." But we've met on a few occasions, and we're real and true friends. We ate food, laughed, talked, and played games. It was a visit which was much too short.
Good games. I had never played Apples to Apples before. What a hoot! I don't where this game has been all my life. My husband and I have also been playing backgammon a lot. It's the one game where I can trounce him. He generally trounces me in every game we play, but this one is different. We have some knock down drag out victories, and it's lots of fun.
Good books. I have read a few books over the summer, and hands down, the best of them is Ed Welch's Running Scared. This is more than a book about counseling people with fear and anxiety. It is a reminder that we are residents of the kingdom of God. That's a huge life changing thing. This good book was read with another good friend. Co-incidentally, she is also someone who began as an internet friend. We've been friend for ten years. When we realized that, it was kind of hard to believe. I have also been able to get to know her lovely daughters, and that has been a treat.
Good news. After conferring with my doctor, I was given the go ahead to try drinking regular tea and coffee. I take medication for GERD, and its under control. We're contemplating going off the meds in the fall to see how that goes, but I am loving being able to eat things I had not really had since the end of 2014.
I'm looking forward to another good visit, this time with me heading west in September. I can't wait to see the big sky in Saskatchewan. That will be added to my list of good things this summer. And as always, whatever season we're in, and whatever circumstance we're in, we are so blessed to have a good God. There are no words to say just how good He is.
What was good about your summer?