It is so hot here... just watering the garden early in the morning requires a change of clothes and walking down the gravel lane to the rural mailbox is miserable. Next week we are to return to normal (temporarily) and those 80s will feel beautiful after days and days of over 100 degree temps (heat index over 110).
You may have seen the affects of the drought on the national news lately. Some of the corn crops in our state have already been plowed under and if we don't get substantial rain soon we will lose a significant amount of the crops. Agricultural economists are already predicting substantial increases in the cost of food from 3% to 10% (the higher amount for corn fed beef).
We stayed inside all of the 4th of July and watched fireworks from New York in the comfort of our air conditioned home. (Do you ever stop and consider the miracle of technology?) I then watched the repeat of the fireworks in Boston!
Anyhoo, the 4th of July is one of my very favorite Holidays in a favorite month. I love the patriotism, the fun, the food! Normally it is the kickoff of my birthday month (and Faith's birthday!) but this year the closest I got to the grill was when I watered the flowers on the deck.
What does one do when it is so hot and humid... read! All I can handle outside is to keep the flowers and garden alive.
I finished reading the two Jonathan Edward's biographies on the Kindle last night. I hope to write about them and other books next week.
I have decided to leave the 18th century for awhile, returning to the books (fiction and nonfiction) before and during the American Revolution in cooler weather. Instead I've decided to go LIGHT!
I've been reading fiction, anyway, during the busy-ness of the wedding preparations. But today I've returned to Mitford to wrap myself in the wisdom of Father Tim and the charm of the small town all over again. I've started at the beginning and I'm not sure how many I will re-read (a few but probably not in order).
I need to get to the library and do an intra-library loan for the final book which continues the D. E. Stevenson storyline that started with the absolutely wonderful Vittoria Cottage and (is it Bel Lamington, Kristi?) and Goudge's The Sister of the Angels.
I'm planning on taking a couple Miss Reed books off the shelf, along with a a Chesterton book on the Kindle ( The Man Who was Thursday) and a book of Jeeve's stories by Wodehouse on the Kindle (these Chesterton and Wodehouse books are free for the Kindle).
Summer is the time I love to read fiction, can you tell?
I've been doing a lot of writing this week, including three days of work for tomorrow's Pantry Post (obviously not "off the top of my head" this week).
There was a comment about a post finishing over at the Mom Heart blog. No, I'm not starting another blog! I am one of the writers for the Whole Heart ministries Mom Heart blog, which is a ministry to mothers which has been on Sally's heart for a very long time. I am truly humbled to be among those other women, they are amazing writers!
Once in awhile, one of my blog posts from CTB&Me also appears at the Living Better at 50+ online magazine.