I remember the first summer I started writing this blog. I wrote a post about our August garden (at the time we were living in at "Hollywood Parade" downtown Ottawa) because it was just out of control. I'm seeing a pattern because it's four years later and my garden is a bit out of control again. But there's something to be said about this time of summer - I usually find myself just letting go a bit more - or trying to let go a bit more. That's been the theme of our life the past month, with car troubles and other life stuff that's been going on, it's been a lesson in just slowing down and putting things on hold. Which is easier said then done. I have a hard time sitting still, and a week of inactivity or sticking around the house feels like an eon to me. (And sticking around the house with a baby that constantly wants to be held 10 hours a day is a whole other ballpark of cabin fever....) Anyway, all this to say, August seems to have this different pace that you don't find any other month of the year; things aren't growing as fast, or they're done growing for the season. And the evenings seem to linger. That's the best of this month - the evenings; Crickets, warm heat and the twilight. You can't really beat it. The other night June was sleeping peacefully by 7:15 - it was some sort of miracle because it hasn't happened again since (!!)- and I got to sneak outside with Cliff. My tomatoes are piling up! I had to do a crazy twine job tying them to the fence because I didn't cage them properly at the beginning of the season - garden regrets people, the struggle is real. But there are tons of just turning ripe tomatoes on the vine and they're all going to go red at once and I'm going to have to act fast to get them canned in time.
And perhaps my most favourite of all, the sunflowers are almost blooming, which means September is just around the corner. Yuck and while we're on the topic, Songza had a playlist titled "the last days of summer" the other day. I'm thinking that's jumping the gun just a bit.
^^^ our fence is also in sad shape, but we put off painting it this year because we were a bit busy with the other things in life.
ps. How cute is Cliff? The one of him squinting just cracks me up. Seriously, that lovely lab has my heart for all the days.