Happy (almost) summer!
The summer solstice will officially appear at in the Northern Hemisphere at 5:14 AM on June 21. Visions of sandy beaches, baseball games, outdoor weddings, and summer picnics dance in our heads as we get ready to officially say goodbye to the harsh winter and the unpredictable spring.
I hope your gardens are doing well. We were a little late in planting, but the late May rains helped make up for our lost time. As always, I got plants from Glenhaven Greenhouse in Broadway. I can always count on Arlene and her green-thumbed team to offer healthy, thriving plants. Last week when I was weeding the garden, I was startled by a young fledgling robin who had taken up residence under one of the large, fan-like cabbage leaves.
Since our “found” cat disappeared a month or so ago, the wildlife population around the house has increased. We have a lot more baby birds, bunnies, and squirrels taking up residence in our yard. Although I’ve seen several rabbits eyeing the growing vegetables, so far, they have been content to munch on clover. Hopefully they won’t develop a taste for anything else.
We’re planning our annual family beach trip in June also. It’s nice to get away for a week – to dip my toes in the ocean, read past my bedtime, and to hang out with my favorite people in the world. We all need to get away sometimes – see new places, meet new people, and try new adventures. I know all jobs have their tiring moments, but being a middle school teacher must rank up there with the rest.
I hope you enjoy the warm, lazy days of summer. Stay safe and don’t forget to be curious! The world is big, miraculous, and full of surprises!
Tammy Cullers is a middle school English teacher by day, and a writer and a newspaper publisher by night. She has co-written three Local Lore books and three cozy mysteries. She has also written a middle grade novel. She is a Jill-of-all-trades, and hopes to one day master one of them.