Saturday, July 21, 2018

Summer Saturday

Last week we spent some days in north central Minnesota. My sister and brother-in-law have a lake home and are gracious enough to invite us to come each summer. My sister, brother, his daughter, and I did a little kayaking one beautiful afternoon. We saw a great blue heron lift off from the shallows, an osprey on a nest, and of course loons who kept their distance from us. One morning we picked blueberries at a large U-Pick blueberry patch. The bushes were loaded with large ripe berries and they are delicious. We overlapped one night with both of my brothers and some family. James and John each had a daughter in tow so we had two of eight cousins. John and his wife also brought two grandchildren. My siblings and I (the four J's: Jane, Julie, John, James - it was the 50's :-) live a distance apart from each other and all have children. John and I have grands. My favorite moment comes when we gather around the table for the evening meal, join hands, and sing the Johnny Appleseed grace. Voices of three generations, raised with joy and gusto, make my heart sing. Time together is a treasure. 

My travel knitting consisted of an adult hat and a baby sweater. My husband drives most of the miles and my sister and I knit on the screened porch while looking out at the lake. I made good progress on the baby sweater. I am now working on the sleeves.

We arrived home midweek. A couple of rains kept the trees and plants green. Today summer is at its best. I walked in warm dappled sunlight and shade. The sky was clear, the humidity was lower and the temperature was near seventy degrees as the breeze ruffled my hair. The zinnias are blooming, and my garden is beginning to produce its extravaganza of basil, tomatoes, and cucumbers.

The cherry tomatoes are ripening and other tomato plants are heavy with green fruit. My favorite summer dish of garden tomatoes, olive oil, basil, garlic, parm over pasta will be on the menu soon. Food for the gods. I hope summer is treating you to some of its bountiful goodness.


  1. Glad to hear you had mulitgenerational fun family time! Harvesting already! Wow.
    The kayakers and lake sky mirror is a great image

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  3. You've written a lovely post about a wonderful trip! I've never spent any time in Minnesota, but you surely make me want to. To come home to garden bounty is another gift. Thanks for sharing your delightful trip and beautiful photos!

  4. How lovely!
    That little sweater is beyond adorable.
    Much drooling happened when I saw those tomatoes, as they are my favorite. :)

  5. being with a sister while sitting and knitting and looking at a lake sounds like eternal bliss. My weekend was too busy for much knitting. However, we did do lots of talking :)

  6. I am harvesting little tomatoes too! The best jewels of summer! Nothing compares to the taste of a fresh off the vine tomato!

  7. It sounds like a wonderful time. I just love spending time on the lake. It's a perfect way to unwind and re-FRESH. (And that little baby sweater is so very sweet.) XO