We like to travel with the grand kids. I'm always searching the internet for new and unusual places to visit. When Rachel and Kelly were young we went to big name theme parks every few years and we've also taken most of the grand kids to those places. The younger ones occasionally ask me when we will go to another one, but to tell you the truth I dread it. One reason I dread it is the expense and another is that the adventure is artificial. I guess I'm looking at it from an older person's perspective but I need a little more substance to my adventures. The trips I've enjoyed the most over the years have been seeing the Arizona meteor crater, touring a farm, a jelly bean factory, and an ice cream factory, a bone museum, a dinosaur museum, the Wright Brothers museum, and an ugly car museum in Tennessee. We explored an abandoned mill town that was the set of "Hunger Games", we've had a muscadine cider slushie at a peanut stand in North Carolina, toured the waterways around New Bern, NC in a small tugboat. We've eaten fresh sea food at an ocean front restaurant at Nags Head, pulled pork sandwiches in Memphis, and the famous biscuits at the Loveless Cafe just outside of Nashville. We've walked around the Petrified Forest and climbed to the top of Chimney Rock. There are so many things to see in this beautiful country of ours.
Summertime always brings heat, humidity, and insects, which make gardening so difficult, but when you sit down at the table and eat food that you planted, cultivated, and harvested the negatives give way to real pleasure. What do the French say, joi de vivre?
A lot of the vegetables have been spent and we've mowed them down
and are now trying to take care of what is left.
Gracen helps me shell beans.
Locally caught Sand Bass fillets, baked potato. fried okra and green
Our nephew Jack Dunaway's daughter Sarah is visiting from California. We had a big country dinner today to give her a taste of southern cooking. It was the first time she had ever tasted okra. We topped off the meal with blackberry cobbler and cinnamon rolls.
Sarah, Marley, Hunter, Jenna, Gracen, and of course Riley.
As the years go by the seasons seem to come around quicker. For me, winter is barely gone when the summer heats up and brings all the things we expect from the season, such as:
One of my favorite summer bloomers, the purple cone flower.
We are picking black berries every day.
Ripe tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, squash, and okra make summer meals a delight and bring to mind family meals of years gone by. Accent those meals with the heat and humidity, the sound of cicadas in the trees, and fire flies at dusk and a person gets a feel of one's place in the universe and a feeling of belonging to that place.