Summer, darling


Odessa had the beautiful idea of driving north today to observe the first day of summer in the lavender fields.

In the evening on our way home, we stopped at a farmers' market and had ice cream. I bought some peaches from a stand whose samples were heavenly, also I braved some earl gray honey ice cream that has persuaded me that these earl gray cakes would be a good baking choice.

I think it's time to decide not to buy any more books. I already own more than a full shelf of as-yet unread books.

I spoke about solstice briefly with Sui — she agrees, "You can feel something shifting." It's called "sun-turn" in German, and it is a poignant day for me, because it carries some personal meaning (an easy anchor for memories) as well as all the cultural symbolism of cyclicality, lightening, darkening, passage and return.

I am reflecting.

Summer is usually my least favorite season, but I'm older and wiser each year, and I'm beginning to master it. I have faith for this one.

9 comments: 6/21/2012 1:54 AM  

Was Wednesday solstice?

anilee 6/21/2012 4:13 AM  

I have more than a whole shelf of unread books, but I keep buying books. It's not my fault; they keep publishing books that I want to read.

Noël De Vries 6/21/2012 9:30 AM  

Earl grey ice cream...mmm

Solstice marked the halfway point of my summer in Kiev... it's a good feeling, to know what is behind, it bolsters the come-what-may.

When do you depart?

(Did your mom get my email?)

Maddee 6/21/2012 10:32 AM  

Oh, I'm jealous. Lavender fields are dizzying in the best way.

Holly 6/21/2012 4:44 PM - Yes.

anilee - Ha, at least my problem is not exacerbated by actually knowing about new releases.

Noël - If I depart, it will be early September. She says, yes.

Maddee - Lavender field association (never mind why ) -- you should watch the movie Bright Star if you haven't.

sui 6/23/2012 6:37 PM  

1. You are such a pagan. Solstice??? (Just kidding. You know I love you. Is this comment too controversial? *suddenly self-conscious*)

2. Yay! I got mentioned. I feel special.

3. Odessa sounds cool, I want to meet her! Then again, ALL your friends seem ridiculously cool... I'm honored to be counted among them.

4. I totally want some Earl Grey cakes... plz.

"I already own more than a full shelf of as-yet unread books."
Mmm... funny how minimalism forces you to cycle through books a lot. Or, forced me. But I ended up donating/selling ones [that I hadn't read] that later on I suddenly wanted to return to and try again: e.g. Walden. And then Grayce took a class on it and she was like "erghh why'd you sell it!" (since it was in San Diego anyway)

I find what a good rule of thumb for me is that unless I'm seriously thinking of reading it, i.e. it's NOT a book I bought just so I could feel more well-read when I'm not actually interested, or a book I got in my teens that, since I had it already, figured "might as well read it" (Flannery O'Conner is one of these books for me), donate/sell it. And if I REALLY want to read it later on, borrow/buy. (Not going to the library really is a luxury, isn't it? I just like knowing the book is there rather than giving myself time limits to finish. Ahhh!)

Holly 6/25/2012 3:23 PM  

sui -

1. a fellow evangelical once confronted me about my interest in solstice. HA.

3. yes, you'll have to come back. she was in NY recently; i would have matchmade you two but i think she was wicked busy.

4. will bake you some if i end up at yours in august.

i totally get these categories, and what you say about cycling...

analog 6/27/2012 7:47 AM  

:) some day i also came to the point where i stopped buying books. afterwards i stopped reading books - which wasn't nice by hindsight, but still an experience. i have to assort my book case soon. maybe i will start right now.
ps by the way: i really like your blog.. there is something plain and touching about it.

Holly 7/01/2012 10:39 PM  

analog -

It's hard for me to imagine time without reading. Tell us about it sometime if you feel like it.

Thank you -- that means a lot to me.

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