In Maine, July is a sweet time of year. The days are long, the flowers are abloom, and slippery roads are but a distant memory. (Fortunately, Clif and I work from home and therefore do not have to worry about slippery roads.)
Dee, our eldest daughter, is coming home for a visit, and I’m taking some time off to get things ready—do a little cleaning, do a little cooking. What a thrill it will be to see her after eighteen months. It’s the longest we’ve ever gone.
I’m not sure whether I’ll be taking one or two weeks off, but I’ll certainly be back in August, another sweet month when the black-eyed Susans are in bloom, the crickets begin to sing, and the grasshoppers are buzzing, buzzing, buzzing. I am always enthralled by the sounds of August.
I leave you with a picture from the especially shady part of my garden. As regular readers know, there are no truly sunny spots in our yard on the edge of the woods. And, yes, I long for a cottage garden. Somehow, the grass is always greener where the sun shines.
See you all in a week or two!
55 thoughts on “Taking a Short Break”
I saw a stand,of black eyed susan this week! As a kid on vacation on Vermont these lovely flowers were always the harbinger of September and going back to New Jersey….the end of vacation.
I saw some too today! I think they are early this year.
Lovely spot. Enjoy family time.
Sounds like a perfect time to rest and recharge, Laurie — enjoy your break. A year and a half is a long time to go between visits with loved ones!
Have a wonderful time with your daughter. x
Enjoy your family time, Laurie. We are having the same long-awaited treat.
Thanks, Jane! The same to you.
Enjoy your daughter’s visit to the full!
Wishing you all lots of fun with Dee! I foresee good food, movies, and games!
Yes, yes! Thanks, Gayle.
The fern and astilbe make a beautiful composition, Laurie. Enjoy the time with family and the sweetness of July. We will be here when you get back.
Thank you, thank you!
Enjoy the time with your daughter. Will look forward to hearing from you when you are back.
Thanks so much!
Enjoy the time with your daughter and the rest of the summer.
Many, many thanks!
Happy preparations and a happy visit, Laurie!
How wonderful to see Dee after all this time – enjoy your visit!
What heart-warming news, and an artistic picture and flower combination too. I know you’ll have a lovely time – I’m so happy for you.
Thanks so much, Susan!
Beautiful Astilbe and fern. Take all the time you want to enjoy this wonderful visit that has been anticipated for so long. Have fun and laugh a lot.
Many, many thanks!
The astilbe in the photo is such a pretty color. Enjoy your time away from blog land.
Thanks, Ally. Look forward to reading more of your blog when I return.
How exciting and enjoy the wonderful time with your daughter!!🙂
Happy days Laurie, wishing you a wonderful time with your daughter! 💛
Enjoy time with your daughter… it’s been a long time..😁💕
Hope you have a great time. We’ll miss you and look forward to hearing about your happy days.
Wishing you a wonderful couple of weeks! -Julie
Have a wonderful time with Deedee. Say hi to her from me.
Enjoy your precious family time, Laurie 😊
How very exciting!
Enjoy your time with Dee – it is certainly is long overdue! Very precious!
Enjoy your time with your daughter. Our youngest son is coming home from the UK for three weeks in Aug/Sept. We haven’t seen him for 15 months so I can definitely relate to your anticipation!
Having a visit from your daughter will be SO special! I think having been kept apart for so long makes the times we can be together much sweeter now. I shall look forward to seeing your blogs ping in again but meanwhile enjoy a well earned break and some family time.
She is here, and how good it is to have her home. Yes, after not seeing her for a year and half, very sweet to have her home.
So happy fo you!
Enjoy your family time. We will welcome you back
I have just enjoyed a visit from our daughter and her family – and have been ‘off line’ for a week. Family time is SO special that I hope you will all enjoy a wonderful time together!
Enjoy not reading all these replies 🙂 – Oscar (like I’ve been on-line recently…)
Reading it now, after my break. 😉
Enjoy your time away and with your daughter!
Enjoy your sweet summer break, Laurie. 😀
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