Just a quick note to wish you a happy midsummer.
I hope you can take a moment or two to soak in the good stuff: flowers and sunshine; friends and family; music and laughter; good food and the best of beverages.
P.S. The illustration, above, is by Sweden’s Elsa Beskow. Known as the Beatrix Potter of Scandinavia, her works are altogether delightful. And I love how she got her start . . . “Elsa Beskow began writing the ‘Aunt’ stories during the First World War. During the war Elsa Beskow was afraid, depressed and angry at the state of the world, and she used her own experiences and memories from her childhood with aunts and uncles to create an idyllic world into which she could espcape.” (Floris Books) It’s a good reminder to us all: be the light, when all you find is darkness.
I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but it’s been hot here. Hot. As in one-o-one kind of hot.
Granted, I realize some of you live in lands wherein 101 F is like a calm breeze on an autumnal evening.
We tend not to acclimate well to such; it fries our delicate brains. It causes people to drive like maniacs — and maybe attempt to use a co-worker’s birthday card to get into the office building (not that would know anything about that last bit or anything).
It’s also the perfect weather for sun tea. If, by chance, you’ve never made such — you need four things:
- A glass (or otherwise clear) jar
- 1-3 tea bags (iced tea is the only time I can abide by fruity teas; peach or Republic of Tea‘s Black Raspberry or Wild Berry Plum green teas are my absolute favorites)
Put it all together and in a few hours you’ve got tea. Load it up with ice (and sugar, if you happen to live in the south) and voila! Cool summer refreshment.
With that, I wish you lazy days ahead — days in which to lounge about, sip a delightful beverage, read a bit, maybe nap a bit, and definitely do as you please.