long overdue random bits

Two girls, two sisters:

June, all sticky and naughty
tender tendrils of hair sticking to her neck
drying remains of popsicles and lemonade on her hands
in a blue seersucker sundress
and a faint tinge of pink sunburn on her skin.

As opposed to May,
her older, flighty sister
going from one beaux to another
just like a Jane Austen heroine
in an empire waist dress
and a shawl
because she’s hot one minute
and cold the next.
She leaves behind a trail of confusion
and fallen petals.

***

I have concluded that strawberries come in stages, as defined below: (please note that this applies only to US Southeastern states)

Early season (April):
-straight from the greenhouse
-tart and not quite ripe
-perfect for dipping in a bowl of powdered sugar

The Actual Season (May)
-so many just right
-the smallest are the best
-good for fresh strawberry pie
-time for strawberry shortcakes
-eating as many as you can in one setting
-and having red stained cuticles
-and seeds stuck between teeth
-and a small stack of green stems
-and pink stains on white towels

Late season (June)
-does it ever get a little old
-no never
-still, berries are mushy and a tad bit straggly
-and very sugary
-perfect for strawberry wine, cider, sauce
-good for freezing
-and for making jam
-see you next year
-or head up north, when the season is just beginning.

***

chaos that is called a kitchen renovation.
so tired of living in boxes.
of having things still in boxes.
wonder if this will ever feel like home.
all i can say is,
thank goodness for gardening
and library books.

miss cooking in a kitchen.
eating out is nice.
but i love trying out new recipes
and redoing old ones
for the produce in season.
i guess that’s how
you know
cooking is in your blood.

***

so many more things to tell
a new blog
an upcoming vacation
a finished knit!
and turning the big 3-0 soon
nope no big life crisis (yet)
just some physical setbacks
who knew getting old
would be such a painful adventure?

***

turns out i missed this space
more than i thought
i could give you all hugs
if i could.

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6 Responses to long overdue random bits

  1. Carrie says:

    oh, you are so awesome to do the doggy blog. That post about Rodney is so awesome – my friend has a pit mix who is a sweet, sweet angel.

    and we are going to Boston/Maine at the end of June!! maybe we can meet up for coffee or something. πŸ™‚

  2. shari says:

    glad you are posting here again e. see you very very soon. you will get to meet my sister!

  3. elisa says:

    What a beautiful post…The imagery is really amazing. Better than most blog posts I’ve read that are sick with pictures.

  4. fawn pea says:

    hugs right back! i just love your new blog… makes me all weepy with doggie envy. and happy too!

  5. j says:

    love that about May and June. and the strawberry stories remind me of Emma- the conversation of the party picking strawberries at Donwell Abbey.

    the doggie blog is wonderful! how do you get them to open up like that? πŸ™‚

  6. gracia says:

    Glad to see you are back in this space, making me long for strawberries and home-cooked delicacies.

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