Summer fun🏖️ and a garden update🪴

Early spring I sat down and wrote out everything I’d like to accomplish this summer as far as summer fun. Add to that I had a couple of personal goals that I hoped to finish up and our summer was off to a busy start. My first personal goal was to lose 10# by the Fourth of July! Which I was able to do and this made me so happy. I don’t have to tell any of you how hard it is to lose any weight after 55. I’m pretty sure most of you have heard just how hard it is. Whether it is a metabolism thing or something physical hinders your ability to do the right exercises or just plain hereditary–it’s hard.

My second personal goal was to finish learning how to speak French. Now, this goal not so practical as no one around me speaks French. I started out wanting to learn to speak a new language several years back. My husband speaks Dutch and so for obvious reasons I started there. However, the truth is unless you have someone to speak that language with every day–what’s the point? It’s hard to learn it and retain it if you aren’t using it every day. So, I can understand a lot of things spoken in Dutch, but I am unable to roll my r’s as much as is needed/which frustrates me so we don’t speak it. So back to French lessons it was because whether I was ever going to have someone to talk to in French or not, I wanted to learn a second language. I watch an incredible amount of Foreign/Int’l film, with many of the films from France, and learning French has helped me so much that I no longer need to use the subtitles. I also find myself saying back the word/phrases with the actor, in a sense learning it from hearing it. I use the program- Duolingo and have found it to be the best for me. I have purchased two of the other language programs and not had any success. We have traveled to France and we will be traveling there again this fall so my learning it–if only for travel seems like a good thing to do.

Lastly on the personal goal front, I wanted to run/walk for a cause this spring/summer and I finally did. I did a 10K walk, first time, in 100 minutes. That day there were many walkers that finished after me, some way after (120 minutes +). A seasoned runner told me 100 minutes was pretty good for a beginner and to aim for 90 minutes (fast walking) my next 10K. So, I was pretty proud of myself!

Garden update–I’ve lost a lot of plants in my garden to the heat. My first lavender plant died, my second is doing great. One of my two oregano plants died and my second is flowering. I started with 6 tomato plants and I’m down to 3 and it doesn’t look like they’re going to flower anytime soon. Both my rose bushes died, I cut them back, and they are regrowing exponentially! One rosemary was harvested and the other is doing great. All but one of my geraniums died, my petunia plant died, my thyme plant died, and finally after several harvests my peppermint plant died. So–at least 1/2 my garden is gone, but what is left looks good. Though after all the time, money, and care, I’d sure like a tomato or two…

Our summer agenda–we visited two of the three lavender farms in Wisconsin.

Rowley Creek Lavender Farm

We have been to three different farmer’s markets multiple times already–Cameron Street in La Crosse WI, Baraboo Market, and the Dane County Farmer’s market plus almost a dozen roadside stands. I’ve put up green beans, some early tomatoes, strawberries, and made jam. Soon it is sweet corn time!

Tomatoes from Deep Rooted

We are going to tour Taliesin in Spring Green WI again in August. We were there and to the House on the Rock several years back but hubby’s back was out at the time.

At the end of July we’re going tubing down the Wisconsin River–first time, plus a two night “glamping” at the same time, of course the usual fishing here and there, hiking and biking, and summer parades and picnics too. We spend a lot of time outdoors, at the lake– both on and off the water.

Come Fall, I have some really fun things geared around pumpkins and haunted houses–we can’t wait.

What I’m reading:

My diet is almost 100% plant-based at this time. In 2020 I took MasterClass cooking classes by Gordon Ramsay, Alice Waters, Massimo Bottura, and Thomas Keller. I loved taking these cooking classes. They were my first online. I have taken three classes at a local kitchen to learn how to make French pastry and bread. I was a baker for a year in a grocery store and though I enjoyed it, I wasn’t that good. I’m a much better cook than baker so I generally gravitate toward classes geared around food.

What I’m watching? We just finished Lupin on Netflix and have moved on to Season 17 of Grey’s Anatomy.

Thank you so much to everyone that is following along. I looked at my stats recently–something I rarely do, and have seen that a total of 184 follow me through Reader and another 687 follow me through email. Favorite posts are always the holiday posts and my gardening posts! I’ve been blogging here since May 2008 and have written most times two posts a week/sometimes three/other times just one with a total of 1597 posts written (w/620 private posts). I don’t think I ever took a week off–whether moving, sick, in hospital, swamped with work, even heartbreak over loss, writing is what sustains me. I am and always will be grateful that writing is really good for me. My blog and all of you are so very important to me. I want you to know you’re important (so I show up),I appreciate the likes, and all the feedback. Thank you, Thank you. All of you❤︎

Until next time 🐝well and 🐝kind

Summer Fun 2021

When my husband and I aren’t working or in the house cooking, baking, or sleeping approximately 50% of our time is spent outdoors in nature year round. I am never happier than when I am walking in a state park or refuge among the trees and nature. Since 2004, when I became the “cruise director” in our marriage, I’ve been coming up with ways my husband and I can enjoy time outside/things to do in Wisconsin. We hike, we bike, go out in nature and take a lot of nature photographs, I draw in nature, we sit and relax in it, we have picnics, barbeque’s, and throw the occasional frisbee.

Last summer, because most of what we do (see above) is outside, we were not limited in our entertainment because the state park we visit was open as well as the refuge we walk in. The biggest thing we missed, as far as fun goes, was going to the movie theater a couple of times a month.

So, what’s on our agenda this year as most things in our area have opened up:

  • Regular weekend walks at state parks
  • Picnic at Taliesin ( the estate of Frank Lloyd Wright)
  • Walk at a Lavender Farm
  • Tour Al Ringling’s mansion
  • Afternoon’s in a local bookstore (old-fashioned kind)
  • Bike rides
  • BBQ’s
  • & more!

This spring has been a busy one with planting two gardens, working a lot of overtime, writing, spring cleaning, getting back out and doing all the things we couldn’t do in 2020, getting caught up on reading (anyone else buy lots of books in 2020?), and getting meal plans together to make healthier, easier (quicker) meals from now until fall. I have also been working on and putting together my Simple Living and Organized Guide which should be ready this month.

Any minute it’s going to be Summer–do you have any special plans this summer?

Until next time stay safe and be well!🐝