It was a long and cold winter this year, moreso than any time in recent memory for me. I think we were indoors for a good portion of six months, and if you’ve ever been stuck indoors with young children for any amount of time, I’m sure you can relate to the somewhat crazy-inducing moments that were endured. We looked out the window each day for some sign of spring, of warm breezes that kissed your face instead of slapping it (which it really does feel like when it gets that cold). Even just last week, we had a couple of days that dipped into the 40s, which is really late, even around here. But I think we’ve finally passed all that, and now: hooray! June is here!
June has always been one of my favorite months. I love the beginning of summer – watching everything birth from seeds. I love the promise of warm months still to come, the delight of the whole city come alive with cookouts and parades. I love fireflies in the evening, and the soft grass underneath our feet as I join my children in running around in the yard. I love ice cold lemonades that condense and drip in the hot afternoons, and the picnic sandwiches that we pack up for an afternoon at the river side. As homeschoolers, we continue on year round, but lessons done outside under a tree are always more peaceful than those done sitting in front of the computer.
So June has come. This summer will see a very abbreviated garden for us, as our moving date keeps being pushed back one more week, just one more week until it’s already hitting the middle of July. In the meantime, my home is mostly packed, and we’re living off just the essentials for a little while. Thankfully I decided to pack my yarn last, which I am extremely grateful for, seeing how I’ve already been in and out of the yarn closet several times, starting and finishing projects. I think we’ll just save the yarn bins for moving day and drive them there myself. You know, just in case! Anyway, with a mid-July moving date, and a winter that comes all too quickly, it seems I won’t have time for tomatoes and peppers, though I think I’ll still try to get some kale and carrots in for a fall harvest. But I’ll have all of next year to prepare and plan for, and that will give me some extra time to plan the whole thing with a little more detail.
In the meantime, we have swimming at the lake and sand castles to build. We have farmstands opening all around us, and lazy summer days to enjoy. We have tadpoles and bugs to explore, and nature walks to educate us. And we have a whole warm summer ahead of us. And I have many summer projects in the works to share… soon!