Thursday, July 14, 2011

To Carry WIthin Us An Orchard

"...O, to take what we love inside,
to carry within us an orchard, to eat
not only the skin, but the shade,
not only the sugar, but the days, to hold
the fruit in our hands, adore it, then bite into
the round jubilance of peach."  
     --Li-Young Lee

As mid-summer rises for me, I'm thinking of things like this.  Celebrating the sun and the shade (and the rain--it's pouring outside right now)!  These summer days stretch out and I love them all.  Even today, when what I really want to do is go back up to my bed and lie there and just listen to the rain.  And be lazy. And read my book. And then take maybe a little teeny tiny nap.  I'm not going to do that, though, not today.  I have stuff to do, errands to cross off of my list.  Caroline's birthday is tomorrow and I'm on a mission today to locate a cutie bike basket and some handlebar streamers.  How fun a mission is that?  Pretty fun.  I need to pick up the last of the party supplies, a few ingredients for her cake, and buy a big bouquet of pretty flowers.  I'm looking forward to doing all of it.  

When I get home, I'll putter about.  If this rain stops, like it usually does by early evening, perhaps there will be a bit of hammock time in my future.  I enjoy days like these, both busy and not busy.  

The kids and I have had lots of fun this week, mostly hanging out at home, which is just how I like it!

We also had a visit from my childhood friend, M and her kids--big fun!  We played tourist at Snoqualmie Falls:

We ate Farmer's Market Dinner--The Bread, sugar snap peas, squeaky cheese, and salad, with the addition of shrimp on skewers, courtesy of OM's unbelievably tasty recipe--simply Next Level delicious.  The kids played and played and the little boys stayed up real real late talking.  And M thought it was so funny that they came to "Seattle" to hold chickens:

Enough procrastinating for me, I'm off to get clean and then go to town.  All the whilst, biting into the round jubilance of peach!


  1. What great shots! I was wondering if I could use one of your photos of your kids holding a chicken? I'm having a very hard time finding a royalty-free image like those. I'm designing a simple brochure for promoting urban chickens (currently keeping chickens is banned in our city). If you'd like, I'll send you the brochure (pdf).

    1. Hi Kerri--
      Of course you may use what you like! I'd love to see your brochure. Urban chickens are so much fun!!!! That's crazy that they are banned in your city!! Way to fight the good fight! :-) Meagan

    2. Kerri: the_big_orange_cat@yahoo.caJuly 31, 2015 at 9:04 AM

      Great! Thanks so much! I'm not sure how to send the pdf...if you e-mail me, I can send it back.