On Friday there was a food truck rally near the river. We scrounged up a parking space, collected food from various vendors, and parked ourselves by the canal. Friends spotted us or we spotted them (frantic waving and shouting) and pretty soon our little group formed a nice long line along the canal edge. We ate too much sugar (me) and too many hot dogs (him). See? Summer.
Saturday and Sunday were slow-starters (even the cats slept until noon) perked up by pour-overs, rummaging up foliage* and the garden's first blooms, seashell sorting (there are so many..), and watching little J gleefully navigate the formerly uncharted territory of Tall Wire Shelf.
I can't wait for more weekends like this. I love you, summer.
*I love using foliage in flower arrangements - or on its own. Most of my flowers aren't quite blooming yet, so I picked some nasturtium leaves (the round, flat, lilypad-esque leaf lying on the counter) and columbine foliage (the leaves that look like enlarged versions of maidenhair fern) to go with the one sweet saponaria bloom. For my wedding, the 'flowers' were rangey kale leaves, carrot greens, mint, and rosemary - all from my garden. I loved them (and they smelled amazing).
Last weekend was a whirlwind of birthday cake, chihuahua wrangling, dinner with old friends, and trying to get a glimpse of the Pacific before heading back home. So happy to have spent time with our niece, who turned two the same day I turned thirty-three - there's something about being bear-hugged by a toddler that sort of fine-tunes your sense of belonging to the world, I think. Also, in Redondo Beach, cacti grow in front yards like trees (yes, it was my first visit to California, how did you know?), my hair looked outstanding, and I never sweated, not once. I can't wait to go back (and stay forever..).
This past Sunday we had a little open studio event for Katie to welcome her to the space. I'm pretty sure she knows the nicest people in Dayton - everyone she introduced me to was smiley and enthusiastic and so happy to be there in support of her. It was so sweet to see. Many of them brought their kids and many of those kids made paintings or drawings while they were there. It was sort of spontaneous and it was so fun to watch them in action in our big, beautiful space. All in all, it was a great time, even if it was hot enough up there to melt our faces off (I'm moving 'big-ass fan' to the top of the birthday wish list).