Lakeside

In case anyone noticed, I haven’t updated my blog in a while.  I escaped the heat again this year for an extended vacation in the Adirondacks where I spent my summers growing up and my family owns a house. My days are very different here, swimming lessons at the lake and lots of time picking wild blackberries and generally following the children around, helping them inch toward swimming.  There is no TV, and very limited internet and cell connection so my world shrinks here to the matters at hand with little distraction. We are in our last week here and I should be back to writing soon.   …

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Cucumber Water: Take that, heat wave

It is very hot and too dry in Maryland, right now. It is the kind of heat that comes with pages of warnings attached to it on weather.com. We are laying low inside, without central air it is an effort to keep cool and hydrated. Somehow, my husband is out there doing farm work anyway, mostly irrigating and trying to keep crops from frying in the field.  At least the tomatoes are happy out there.  And the cucumbers, we are picking three kinds right now – regular slicers, Armenian and Indian Poona. Inside, I have been coming up with all …

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Learning to Swim

I have escaped the Maryland heat for an extended vacation in the Adirondacks, but for the past couple of days we have joined the rest of the east coast in this stifling heat wave. This is the place where I spent my childhood summers, diving into the cooling waters of Lake George, playing on the town playgrounds and wandering around with small gangs of kids in search of tootsie pops. Life here centers around swimming lessons, nap time and chasing after lots of new summer time logistics like sippy cups, sun block and missing sandals (and that is just for …

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