regarding summer

Craggy Pinnacle

Craggy Pinnacle

Farmer's Market Basket

Farmer’s Market Basket

Woopie Pies

Woopie Pies

Brews at the Bywater

Brews at the Bywater

Hiking up Mount Pisgah

Hiking up Mount Pisgah

Hiking

Hiking

View from the top of Mount Pisgah

View from the top of Mount Pisgah

Mountain Laurel

Mountain Laurel

40 Eastbound in the morning.

40 Eastbound in the morning.

Walking down memory lane with my mom: my first Passport photo. 3 days old.

Walking down memory lane with my mom: my first Passport photo. 3 days old.

Heirloom Tomatoes

Heirloom Tomatoes

A Visit to Hi-Wire Brewing!

A Visit to Hi-Wire Brewing!

Summer is here.

I would say that we are settling into a nice summer routine. We have gone hiking in the beautiful mountains that surround us, sipped beer at the countless places in Asheville where one can drink beer, watched our tomatoes grow, stayed dry during the monsoons this past week and steered clear of the flooded roads. My tomato plants have enough water now thankyouverymuch. There have already been two trips to Carrboro and there are more visits still to come before Mom moves to Kuwait. Memory Lane is becoming a well traveled highway in our family as of late. I think it’s my favorite highway. Parker is in China and seems to be having the time of his life. I am grateful. Summer camp schedule at school is most excellent. It allows for an actual summer vacation unlike any I have had in a long time. Mornings allow for leisurely drinking cup-after-cup of joe. I like joe. The farmer’s markets are abundant and rich in smiles and freshness. The flutter of love in my heart is so real. Love that feels settled and rhythmic. We dance in the kitchen. Sometimes there is no music.

My backyard is glowing with the flashing lights of fireflies.

Summer is here.

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This.

Saturday morning

Bulbs!

A walk

My handsome man

This weekend was wonderful. We took it easy since I was sick at the end of the week and am still getting better, but we still did exactly what we wanted. There was couch-sitting, coffee-sipping, waffle-eating, lounging, walking, beer-drinking, sun-soaking, and day-dreaming. The bulbs we planted in the fall are breaking through the ground outside the door and I love how they greet us whenever we are coming or going. Now there is banana bread in the oven and I am trying to stay in Sunday night as long as I can.

Nashoba Valley Winery

Saturday, May 19, 2012: Went with Scott’s parents to the Nashoba Valley Winery today! It is a gorgeous day, for starters. And the winery is a delightful old New England farm with lots of character. We had a spunky petite woman give us our tour of the winery and she told us all about the process and the numerous fruits that are used in their wines/liquors, and we sampled a few wines! It’s very interesting. Then we sampled a few of their beers (two Belgians and a Bock) and some more of their wine (Riesling) and one of their liquors called Northern Comfort.

Northern Comfort: Our version of cognac. A unique blend of brandy, oak, maple and lemon creates a balanced and complex liquor, The silky rich bouquet slowly releases the unique blend of brandy, oak, maple and lemon. A succession of aromas, spices and delicately fragrant flowers blend with a viscous sweet finish.

It was quite a treat to go for the tasting, and it is always so much fun to see new places in this area!

Bluegrass Night

Thursday, January 12, 2012: Went to Jack of the Wood after work tonight for a drink and it was Bluegrass Night! We listened to No Strings Attached, drank some good beer (Lonerider Sweet Josie Brown Ale), talked and laughed a lot, tapped my foot until my ankle hurt, and danced to the last song before heading home!

Also, SCOTT COMES HOME TOMORROW!!! Prayers for safe travels. Can’t wait to have him home!

A Fond Farewell!

Friday, December 2, 2011: As of Friday Daniel had hardly started packing to move to Alaska, even though he leaves very soon. So we all decided that a second farewell party was in order. Off to the Thirsty Monk! We’ll miss this face, Daniel! Have fun in Alaska! (Also, we love Amy, and Drew’s creeper eye in the background.)

Seasonal Beer

Tuesday, November 8, 2011: Picked up some Snow Day at the grocery store this evening. New Belgium’s winter beer. Can’t wait to try it! I had some Highland Cold Mountain last night and it was fantastic. I love seasonal beers!

Wedge

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: Went to Wedge with some coworkers after work this evening for a beer. We sat outside and laughed our heads off while drinking beer and eating peanuts. Wedge is awesome and they brew great beer!