from the heat, get used to regular life after my friend has
returned home, watch much too much Wimbledon (can
there be such a thing?), wait for the rest of my family
to return from far-away adventures and just generally
feel as tho’ I am also waiting for summer to settle into
familiar patterns….tho’ it will have to be a new familiar,
won’t it? The first summer with my mom living with us,
my sons here and there, my business quiet.
So while I am gathering my thoughts
around me, here is a smattering of this and
that from the week past.
The fruit crumble (blackberries and cherries from
the kitchen garden) and banana bread (bananas from
the pedestal fruit plate in the kitchen!) await
Dori, my mom and I for a summer breakfast
on the porch.
…traces of a dear friend’s visit linger in our home…
….how the chicks are growing! Hard to get a clear picture
with all their activity and busy-ness in their new, more spacious
digs. I did a very quick redecoration of our rather decrepit
chicken apartment….old calendar pages on the walls and pale
blue and white fabric draping the outsides make it pleasant
for me to visit throughout the day to replenish water
and food…I don’t know quite what they think of it,
tho’ they seem to be considering…
…each little hen’s personality is emerging….this is Funny Face
(and therefore, her name will most likely be Audrey-after
Audrey Hepburn in the lovely old movie Funny Face). And we
have a Cally (because the littlest yellow chick was just the
perfect calendar chick when she first arrived) and
perhaps a Maya…
…that will be my eldest son’s decision. He has a way with
chickens and is newly returned from Guatemala. It has changed
him in all the good ways you hope that travel will change a
beloved growing-up child….and is also influencing his
May your summer have arrived…perhaps in both
familiar and unfamiliar ways. Life is change, as I am
constantly reminded…I suppose the art of Life is finding
repose and, dare I say, even inspiration in both the well-
known and the just-getting-to-know and the unexpected
ingredients of being here.
Virginia Mallon-Ackermann June 29, 2010 at 8:09 pm
Each room is more welcoming and charming than the next! Is it a farm house? Even the chickens home has a beautiful decor.
Enjoy the summer breezes tonight and the precious time you have with your mom. I have a good friend Molly who is slowly fading away but sometimes all I need is a good snack to pull her back to reality. It worked with a liverwurst sandwich (eeek) the last time I saw her… maybe I will try a tasty fruit crumble which would apeal to both of us.
the wild magnolia June 29, 2010 at 8:18 pm
This is a great post including: home, , friends and family, and with a look toward summer settling.
melissa June 29, 2010 at 8:28 pm
Thank you for this calming post…a visual rest in the midst of my rattled head. 🙂
sarah June 30, 2010 at 6:09 am
the little chicks are darling. you got some wonderful photos of them.
it must be lovely to have your son home.
Heather June 30, 2010 at 6:24 pm
I love the decorated chick apartment! (And your son is so handsome!)
Rosamund July 1, 2010 at 2:01 pm
Thank you for your dear words on my blog a while back. I enjoy the peace and serenity and sweetness of your blog so much. What a gift to us all! Wishing you a joyous summer. Rosamund
KnitNana July 1, 2010 at 3:46 pm
What a lovely post! I’m half ready to figure a way to have chicks in my apartment! 🙂 (ok…maybe not)
And your young man obviously has a way with the feathered critters!
Enjoy your settling-in…
Lynn July 2, 2010 at 8:11 pm
Oh, the calendar-reading chick made my day! And I know I keep commenting on your lovely home, but that porch is the MOST. I think that I would eat, sleep and do just about everything else there…
So glad about your son’s happy homecoming!
Dyche Designs July 3, 2010 at 12:08 pm
What a lovely post . . . change can be unsettling but the unfamiliar soons becomes familiar and life has a way of settling into a pattern that we come to love.