Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Summer is Almost Over!

Okay, so I’m getting ahead of myself, there’s still a lot of it left. It’s a nice fantasy, though. It has been too hot and too dry to be enjoyable. Ben and I hiked up a trail on the south end of the Crazy Mountains and even on top of the mountain it was too hot. It wasn’t that great of a trail, either, though it had a few nice highlights.



We also hiked on a very hot day over by Big Timber with Jackie and Don, up to Indian Cave, which has some nice pictographs. It wasn’t pleasant weather, but the company was good.



We’ve done a couple other hikes with Ursula, Dee Dee and Nancy, too. Those were much better, though still too hot for me, and we had a very good time.


We’re done with our landscape job for the year, so Ben has kept us busy building a shed.



And we’ve harvested broccoli, cauliflower and green beans for the freezer. We’ve been eating a lot of tomatoes, salad and green beans, a little broccoli and cauliflower, some peas, and we just harvested our first beets and carrots.



So, despite the hot, dry and very smoky summer, our harvest is really good.


Notice the conspicuously missing mountains in this picture, from a very smoky day.


We take the good with the bad, of course, and soon (though not soon enough for me) it will be autumn turning into winter and the snow will fly again. Autumn is my favorite time of year: I love the bright colors, the cooler temperatures and finally getting back into the studio. I’ll look back and remember the hikes and the garden and think that summer wasn’t so bad, after all. Because that’s what we do to survive; we remember the good parts of our past, water down the bad parts and know that life is worth living.

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