The start of summer!

May 31, 2018

It’s hard to believe, but the beautiful month of May came to an end Thursday and here it is the first of June already!

Pat Maurer

Pat Maurer

Why does January, February and March seem to last six months while May seems to last only six days?

Now summer will be in full swing, especially after Monday morning, which is the last half-day of school for the year. And already we seem to be having July and August temperatures in the high 80s, so I’m sure the kiddos will be heading for the lakes and pools and rivers to cool off.

The best, and worst thing about this time of year is how hard it is for me to work at this computer when the sun is shining and the flowers are blooming right outside my window. With my spring allergies in full swing too though, I try to limit the outdoor excursions as much as possible.

With all of the rain lately, everything is lush and green again. It’s spring on steroids. And the mosquitoes have also arrived again just in time for summer. I guess it wouldn’t be summer without the bugs, would it?

Memorial Day weekend is over. It always seems to be the unofficial beginning of summer with the actual date of June 21st, Summer Solstice only an anti-climax.
“The timing of the June solstice—or, summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere—varies between June 20 and June 22, depending on the year and time zone,” according to the internet. It’s when the Sun reaches its northernmost point from the equator.

It’s also the day with the most hours of sunlight during the whole year. The sun will rise at 5:57 a.m. and set at 9:25 p.m. that day giving us almost 15 ½ hours of daylight.

And from that day on, the number of daylight hours will be going down again until December 21st, when the winter solstice brings us the shortest day of the year.
That’s my fun fact for this week.

Meantime I plan to enjoy these lovely summer days as much as possible. We even planted a mini-garden this year. Just green beans and tomatoes and lots of marigolds to ward off the four legged munchers if possible.

Later on hopefully we will have a small harvest of fresh veggies…that taste so much better than store-bought. I plant my crops in barrels – inside the dog fence that we sadly no longer need. It’s not very high though, so I’m sure those “bounders” can easily get inside…

Those lovely deer I enjoy so much have already decimated most of my petunias. I sent hubby Jack to the store for some deer repellent. I figure they have enough to eat these days without making their dessert on my meager stock of blooms.

For the rest of my summer fresh goodies I plan to make regular stops at the local farm markets. And, I believe one of my favorite local crops – fresh strawberries – should be just a couple of weeks away. We are addicted to strawberry shortcake and I am hoping to get enough of those red jewels to make some freezer jam to enjoy when the snow flies!

With the season officially here now, we are planning lots of weekend jaunts up to the campsite at Roscommon, and have already been up a couple of times. It’s our get-away place and so relaxing to be away from all the hustle and bustle for a few days at a time.

This time of year isn’t the best as a fresh crop of no-see-ums have arrived in force to make outside fun a bit more difficult. They only last a few weeks though so should be gone again by July.

Then it’s time to think about huckleberries (wild blueberries) that grow all over up near my hometown. They are my favorite treat. If they didn’t get hit by a late frost and if there’s enough rain, we might get a bumper crop this year and store some up for winter pies as well.

There’s always a lot to look forward to this time of year, and I’m planning to enjoy it all!

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