The lazy days of summer are quickly drawing to a close. I’m ready for the changes of weather and different clothing options but I really like the relaxed pace of the summertime. I hope to carry that unhurried spirit into the fall.
Most of this summer was spent playing, walking, training, bathing, feeding and loving my new puppy, Delta. We rescued her at the start of the summer and she has grown! She is 6 months old. Although she is a mix, we think the two strongest breeds are Airedale Terrier and Labrador Retriever.
I didn’t read as much as I had hoped but I did read a few worth sharing.
- The Sisters Weiss by Naomi Ragen — A story of two sisters growing up in an ultra orthodox family. One sister rebels and the other does not and the ripple effect a single choice can have upon others.
- Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery — At the request of my begging daughter to read her favorite book, I finally did. Delightful. “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”
- Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren Winner — I loved her book, girl meets God, and this one did not disappoint. She introduces 11 Jewish practices and compares and contrasts them with Christianity.
- Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker — Jen Hatmaker is the wife of a pastor. She teaches bible study, is on the speaker circuit and writes and blogs while not raising her 5 kids. This book is their personal journey of moving from expected traditional Christian practices and personas to answering God’s call to more service and the marginalized. “We were servants of the weekend attendees.” On a side note, they also shared their home renovation on HGTV this summer. Whew!
- The Giver by Lois Lowry — A re-read for me- I needed a refresher before the movie. If you haven’t read it, this award-winning book is worth reading.
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman — This book may or may not be your cup of tea, but the story is quirky, made me think of early M.Night Shyamalan movies, and has loads of symbolism; if you can deal with creepy, reality bending. A man revisits his hometown for a funeral and becomes sidetracked by memories of his childhood that come flooding back as he goes in search of them. We had an interesting book club discussion about this book.
In the summer, I like fun action movies and my favorite was Guardians of the Galaxy.
- So You Think You Can Dance
- My Big Family Renovation
- Project Runway
- Word Crimes — Weird Al
- Chim Chim Cher-ee, Wild is the Wind — Esperanza Spalding
- Infra 8 —Louisa Fuller, Natalia Bonner, Nick Barr, Ian Burdge,& Chris Worsey
- Wave —Beck
- A Cool Cat in Town — Tape Five
- Me and My Broken Heart — Rixton
We had success in the garden this year. Here is what we harvested. All of it. Okay, we actually had 2 more tomatoes and about 20 jalapeno peppers. Clearly, we need help!
Last, but not least, I attended the Becoming Conference with my cousin. We had so much fun.
“The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;” Psalm 24:1 NIV Bible