The pleasures of summer pt. 2.4 – Lightning

When I was a teenager I once read a book about some kind of spooky mystery. It wasn’t a quality book but it was some kind of escapism and that’s sometimes all you need. I don’t remember much of the plot, I don’t even remember the title (there might have been some kind of cursed doll house in there…?) but I do remember one thing: the weather. Throughout the book the heat is paramount. It’s hot, it’s sticky, it’s smelly, it’s suffocating and it’s just awful. Everybody is suffering. It’s the kind of heat that is almost scary, there is nothing likeable about it. At the end (when the cursed doll house is supposed to be revealed somehow…?) the heat come to its peak and results in a huge and terrifying thunder storm. As readers and watchers of thrillers will know, a thunder storm means trouble.

Not to me though. I love thunder storms. They are a bit scary, I admit that (especially this morning when we were woken up by thunder just above our building), but that’s also the thrill of it. We can do so much these days but nature will always be able to kick our ass and a thunder storm is a great way to remind us of that. Today we’ve had a huge thunder storm and I’ve loved it. We’ve had a huge heat wave the past few weeks and it now culminated in a spectacular and exciting thunder storm. Me Made couldn’t have cared less about the thunder storm (I hope we will share the love of thunder storms in years to come though) but was happy the temperature dropped. The earth loved the rain, the street outside our building flooded and I have been giddy all day (also, I’ve been happy I didn’t have to go outside).

A summer filled with rain gets old pretty quickly but I sure love a good thunder storm every once in a while.

(And so far, I haven’t seen a single doll house all day, neither regular nor cursed. (It might not have been about a doll house. I wonder what it was though…)).

The pleasures of summer pt. 2.3 – Friends

Today’s pleasure of summer is of course strawberries and flowers but most of all friends being in the area and dropping by. Summer usually means time off which means more time to do fun things like small trips which means visiting friends. Today my friend Fatou was in the area and dropped by. She brought strawberries, chocolate and a beautiful lily and she played with Me Made who seemed very pleased with the visit.

Last year for her birthday I made Fatou wrist warmers to match her hair. They were purple and petrol. This year, Fatou’s hair is blue…

The pleasures of summer pt. 2.2 – Leisure time

  • There is a lot of food connected with summer but just look at those berries! Strawberries and raspberries and eating outside, that truly is a pleasure. And a chocolate cake isn’t bad either.
  • In the summer I also enjoy solving crossword puzzles. I don’t really have the time during the rest of the year but in the summer I try to take the time to do a sudoko puzzle or two and some crossword ones as well. It’s something that requires time and a peace of mind and I can usually find that during summer vacation. Peace of mind is really a pleasure!
  • The pleasures of summer pt. 2.1 – A revival

    A couple of years ago I was feeling like I couldn’t really enjoy my vacation and that I was missing out on summer while waiting for something else. I have the same feeling this year. I’m trying hard to create some memories from this summer. Two years ago I solved the problem by noting the pleasures of summer here in the blog and I’ve decided to do the same this year.

    So, to start: today we had a very lovely breakfast outside, with scrambled eggs, sausages, bacon, tea, toast, marmelade and much more. It was great, very tasty, very special and truly something to remember.

    It’s too darn hot

    We’re having an incredible summer this year. It’s the warmest summer on over 70 years. I wish I could go swimming but that’ll have to wait till Me Made can come with. Maybe next summer. Then we’ll GP to the park, go to the lake and other nice outdoor activities.

    I’m glad I planned my current knitting to be a cotton cowl, knitting in wool would be impossible. I might have to pause my project list and add another cotton project just because it’s too hot to even touch wool.

    Next summer, that’s when we’ll do all of the fun things. I bet it will be a rainy one. Doh!

    Field trip

    I’ve been wanting to make a little outing for quite some time. It’s a super hot summer and we’re a bit stuck in our equally hot apartment and I want to get out to see something different for a change. So yesterday Me Made, me and my mum went for a little outing to an old mill just outside of the town. We weren’t gone for long but it was enough to make feel like I’ve actually been doing something and taken advantage of the nice weather.

    We looked at art and jewellry and I got a little crochet hook, size 0,6 mm, which is smaller than I had before (my smallest was 0,75 mm). I got it for a bargain too so now I need to start looking into beaded projects again. It will have to wait though, as I have my list, but it’s nice to know I have an even smaller crochet hook, should I need one.

    Me Made was sceptical at first but then slept through it all. Me, I ended the outing with a very nice chocolate vegan cake.

    For better or worse

    Regular summers, ones without Me Made, I always feel that summer doesn’t start until my vacation start. That usually happens in the beginning of July and I spend the entire month of June looking forward to my vacation and the beginning of summer. Then vacation starts and I all of a sudden realize that we’re way into summer and that I’ve missed it so far. This happens every summer.

    This year though, with being home with Me Made, I’ve indeed missed a lot but I’m well aware it’s summer. That’s the one thing I’ve really noticed. We’re not even in the first week of July yet and it feels like an eternity. We still have two full months left till school starts again and I have a feeling this will be a really long summer, for better or worse. I will try to enjoy as much as I can of it.

    When a black cardigan is not the answer

    We had a blackout tonight. Everything just went black when the power shut off – lamps, the TV, wifi, everything. If you are going to have a blackout, mid-June is the best time since it’s so light outside anyway. Indoors is a bit dusky but you can still see to do most things, especially if you sit by the window. If I hold a book up to the light coming in from the window I can see to read.

    What I can’t do though is to knit on my black cardigan. Had I picked a different color it wouldn’t have been a problem (well, navy would be hard too) but now, with my black yarn, it’s simply not possible. I’ll probably just go to bed instead.

    And to think I’m less than a sleeve from finished!

    A day of many firsts

    Midsummer Eve and the lightest days of the year (I know, technically summer solstice was yesterday) and Me Made’s first. We spent the day at my mum’s with friends and food and some very good advice. We’ve had a little break through concerning a baby bouncer, a pacifier and falling asleep in a stroller – grandma simply is the best.

    Oh, and there were strawberries. And knitting.

    Happy Midsummer!