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AT THE TOP OF SUMMER
The lawn is crispy crunchy underfoot, every grass blade seared and sun-brittle. No one here wastes water on lawns so the whole neighborhood has a sere look to it. In the fields around our village, wheat and oats and grasses are tawny beige as well; harvest-time is nearly here. The only thing still blooming outside of pots around our house are the roses which are still going strong. The pots add dashes of color: pelargoniums, flowering succulents, begonias and some sad blasted pansies that weren't quite done when I was repotting summer flowers some time ago.

Tomorrow is 7 weeks since I stopped drinking soda, if I'm still counting correctly. I'm pretty amazed at myself, though I haven't noticed any physical difference yet. The cravings have definitely tapered off but I AM looking forward to having a coke on my birthday. I think I've earned it, especially since I know I won't slide back into full-time dependency with a birthday coke. And since my birthday isn't for a few more weeks, I'll have passed the 2 month mark and then some by the time it slides into calendar view.

Today was cold and grey after another long series of picture-perfect super-swedish summer days. But now, in the cooling of the evening, the clouds have dispersed and the sky is high and faded blue again. All the windows are open but there's no breeze today. I can hear some sort of bird whistling now and then but otherwise it's quiet. The kids are in full-on summer-slug mode: sleeping in late, playing games all day, generally laying around. Anders is enjoying his last week off, but he's not quite as sluggy as the kids...he's started a garden project and has been working on his bike as well. I think school will come as a huge shock.

The sun is brightening outside, though it won't be long before it's dimming below the horizon. The slide into autumn goes quickly, and this sun-filled summer can't last long enough for me.

Things I'm looking forward to:
  • another week of vacation in only a week
  • a visit from my cousin's kid who has been studying in Spain all summer
  • becoming an emperor in Puzzlecraft (giant dork alert!)
  • a crayfish party on my birthday
  • THAT BIRTHDAY COKE
  • buying some birthday books
  • a week with my mom and sister in Michigan, and visits to relatives I rarely get to see
  • Labor Day weekend in the States
  • a week in the Boston office
  • my brother's second child who is due in December
  • a possible trip somewhere fun during fall break...maybe Spain?
  • planning our big birthday trip for next year with my friends Russell and Kathey...
...which reminds me, I need to check out some more info about Ireland, Croatia, Holland and St. Petersburg.
 calm
mood: calm
music: Charlene Soraia—Wherever You Will Go


Comments

The description of your lawn sounds very familiar, tis how most grassy patches around here look like as well. Today we officially made the "rules" for this week to be a heatwave heh.

What DO you drink now that you skip the soda? :) I'm an avid tea drinker myself, but during summer I prefer a cool drink over a hot one really. Nothing beats a really cold bubbly coke on a hot day, although cold juices are real nice as well I guess:) And water, although if I drink to much water my stomach doesn't quite agree :(

What's that Holland country you're writing about? ;-) are you just planning on visiting the west coast of the country, the provinces Noord- and Zuid-Holland, or will you include other parts of the lovely country called The Netherlands as well *giggles* ;-)

haaa! I always forget!

I only drink water (not mineral) and juice. But I try to limit the juice to only once a day or half a glass with water.

Edited at 2013-07-26 10:48 pm (UTC)

From Megsie

I cannot believe that it has been SEVEN WEEKS since you have had a coke! Wow! And, CONGRATULATIONS! That is a huge accomplishment. I am also impressed that you will be able to do a "one and done" on your birthday. I would probably buy my own bottle for the occasion, and it would be a 2 liter bottle! Not much will power over here.

It sounds as if your landscape is already showing autumnal tendencies. We are still green and hot, but this week's "hot" has been cool by comparison. We are not close to feeling the autumnal air, we still have to get through August with 90 degree days that string together making us wish for cooler weather. There is an audible collective sigh when the nights turn cool, and sweaters are necessary. But we have time left. The hot summer sun is not through with us yet.

Look at that LONG list of goodies to look forward to! I, for one, am so glad that Christmas is not on that list. You usually are throwing that holiday out at us at times like this!

That description of your day is so beautiful. Ah, I love your writing. It has been a good summer of blogging so far. I have missed this community. xo

Re: From Megsie

Only 151 shopping days left!

Is your mom going to come out and join you in Boston again or is the trip to Michigan it?

At the moment the plan is to drive with her from Michigan to New York (Albany) for Labor Day weekend with my aunt and uncle and then I am only working in Chelmsford for 4 days...it's a short trip east coast-wise this time, but I get a week vacation in Michigan at least beforehand!

Wow, I have been under such a cloud of funk from broken bones and missing the internet that I have completely forgotten the joy of these kinds of lists, Liz. Yes, really! Thanks for the reminder. I like your list.

(Anonymous)

UHMMMM! You might want to recalculate that week in Michigan. MY count is arrive on Sunday afternoon- and leave... likely Thursday (definitely early Friday.So probably it's 41/2 days And in that time frame- are visits with Grandma and Uncle Mike & Aunt Kathie, time with your sister, a massage, shopping?, teach Mom some computer stuff! Yikes You had better come earlier! Love, Lizardmom

(Anonymous)
From Willow

I feel right there with you in the waning days of summer in Sweden. This is blogging at its best. I love coming to visit you here.

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