Sittin in the Middle of It All

There is a process I have when I look at old photographs; sitting in the middle of the floor, legs crossed, sifting through the images of the past, making piles.  A pile to frame, to file, to scan, a pile of "who in the world is this?", etc.   It is usually an emotional process ("What?" you say.  "YOU?  EMOTIONAL?!"  I know it's a shock), with the triumphs and failures of a specific era staring me square in the face.  I am currently employing said method to my life.  I sit in the middle of utter chaos and try to make piles; putting the past school year to bed, upcoming wedding plans, growing season in the garden, summer pool season that is just starting, etc.  I am trying not to be totally overwhelmed (trying not to be emotional is just a fruitless endeavor for me), but rather take some time to actually SIT AND BE for five minutes.  It feels good to have that moment for once in a long while.  The decompression hasn't started yet, make no mistake, but I feel like I might be able to start thinking about decompressing.  It's not love, but it'll do for now.  It's progress at least.

The school year ended beautifully.  The kiddos were fantastic and I cried my eyes out all through the graduation ceremony (which was as close to flawless as I could imagine).  I had the chance to hug each and every senior there and tell them how much they have meant to me as they waited to hear their name called and get their diploma.  Very special moments indeed.  I am going to miss that crew.  I am very, very glad this year is over and that May (otherwise known as "Hell Month") is O-V-E-R.  I am sure Steven is to.  Loooooong month, people.

NOW I get to think about fun things (wedding plans)!  The beautiful flowers above are from an engagement party that my fabulous sister and one of my oldest and best friends threw for Steven and I last night.  Such a great evening to be with those nearest and dearest to us, celebrate Steven and I finding each other, and all of their unique parts of our journey.  The food was great and we drank her out of champagne.  I'd say a good time was had by all and it was a perfect evening. 

This box of lovely is the first bigger harvest out of the garden.  It has been such a busy week that we had not been in the garden at all.  The tarragon is taking over the herbs so I had to cut and cut.  The lettuce is just beautiful right now and we have about another week or so before it it finished.  I got all of the tomato plants in (all 26.  I know, right?) and the peppers, cucumbers, cantaloupe, and squash.  Green beans are going in when the lettuce finishes.

Broccoli and Cauliflower are starting to come in now.  The heat has started early. While I am not surprised, I am leery of what is coming in July and August with mid 90's now in early June.  The rain has disappeared for now and I am already watering all of the containers everyday because of the heat.  It does feel divine, though.  Tonight we grilled and had a great dinner that was summer through and through,  Brats and Burgers, Grilled Asparagus, Watermelon and Cantaloupe, BLT Salad, and Strawberry Cupcakes with a homemade strawberry cream cheese frosting with the last of the berries from the garden. 

We were on the lake last weekend for the first time and it was wonderful to be back out on the water, splashing and lounging in a cove.  Summer is here and none too soon!  I am thrilled to finally be able to be sittin' in the middle of it.  If you need me, friends, I will be having coffee on the porch and taking a walk in the yard to see what is about to bloom next. 

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