Friday, June 29, 2012


I grew up with a small raspberry patch in my backyard. We would fight over picking them, because if you picked them then you could be a sneak and eat them too... Getting more than a fair share before bringing them inside to be devoured by the masses.

Now, I have a patch four times the size. It is fantastic. My favorite thing to do with them this year is to make raspberry-banana smoothies.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Summertime is for...

getting up with the sun.

When I was younger I routinely woke up at sunrise. I loved getting a jump start on the day and diving into a great book or meeting my mom for breakfast while everyone else slept. My bedroom at the time was pale yellow, my bedspread a pale blue... a perfectly cheery combination that added to my overall happiness those summer mornings.

I stopped doing this naturally just a few years later and slept well into the morning or depended on an alarm clock to rise and begin the day. As a working adult, I savor weekend sleep. Usually I can only sleep in one day of the weekend, the other is devoted to a long run before it gets too hot.

But this past weekend - a miraculous thing happened: I woke up with the sun both Saturday and Sunday morning. My days off! With no alarm! And I felt rested!

It was glorious. I caught up on some email that I had neglected during the week. I read my book. I ate breakfast before my run. It was lovely. And I was glad to learn it is still possible for me to rise early enough to know when night becomes day and bask in the beauty of that moment.

Today I am thankful for warm and bright mornings that come so often with this summer season.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


I thought I would try this blog thing again. And get rid of the notion that it was this blog that was dragging me down, it was this format, this web host, this blog title.

It wasn't any of that. It was just me. So here we go again.

I snapped this photo - my joy of the day. Those blueberries are the first ones from the garden this year - a whole bowl full. The green plant was part of a bouquet that has since died, but this green leafy thing keeps growing new leaves. I like it. A good reminder that we keep growing too.