While my granddaughters are sleeping in the bed behind me and their dad is off getting his first cuppa coffee, I thought I’d drop by my blog to say “hello” to all my faithful readers. It’s that out-of-town company time of year.
I’m pretty tired right now – a tired that sleep doesn’t help much. But – I’m not complaining. It’s the kind of tired you get when you’re serving others. Where your head begins to swirl with “what do I have to do today” thoughts just as your eyes crack open at dawn. Food and fun. Two things I love to work on especially for family.
A few days ago there was talk of a trip, by train, to New York City. Then that changed when the heat index shot up. Last night we considered Old Sturbridge Village, but it’s a two hour drive which meant getting up before noon and that’s not the norm for the girls. Only partly kidding. Now we think Hancock Shaker Village, only an hour away, which might be just the ticket for today with maybe a trip to the lake afterwards to visit cousins and have a dip. The fun part is it could all change on a whim. We’ll see.
So far my menus have included pulled pork sandwiches with my sweet and spicy bbq sauce, blue cheese coleslaw, corn on the cob, pasta salad, rhubarb custard bars, blackberry pie, and strawberry shortcake. I mean, does that sound like fun summer food or what?
And lest I forget – the peas. Lillie is eleven and happily helps Grandpa pick them from our loaded vines. When the first bowl was presented I suggested she try one and she hesitated. Kids and peas – hmmm. But she got her brave up and popped a tender little green one into her mouth. Guess what? I must now guard the shelled peas with a whip and a chair. She loves them that much.
Ah summer. A beautiful time to bask in the love of friends and family with nature pouring forth bounty from her skirts. It makes God and me smile.
PS: I don’t really use a whip and a chair. I’m pleased as can be that peas are now Lillie’s favorite vegetable.