Sunlight is flooding
The widths of space
The son of the birds echoes
Through the realms of the air
The blessing of plants sprouts
From the being of the earth
And human souls lift themselves
In feelings of thankfulness
To the Spirits of the World.
Happy Summer Solstice! Here is a little tea concoction I made and it was so yummy, we’ll definitely do this again:
- two green tea bags
- lemon slices, squeezed into the water
- lemon balm leaves
- sweetener of your choice
(Steep all day, strain, and then chill before drinking.)
We have had a marvelous day and I hope you have, too.
We made a giant summer sun mosaic cookie together. Here it is before baking. And here is the basic giant cookie recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. This kind of thing goes over really big with my children. Lucas made the face; Asher did the eyebrows and the sun rays around the outside. Since the boys got soooo excited about putting the Reese’s candies on top, I realize now that I didn’t need to put peanut butter chips into the dough.
We painted suns, inspired by my co-author and friend Eileen Straiton’s project in our Midsummer Festival E-Book. I think once they’re dry we’ll hang them.
Then we had a beautiful Solstice feast of shrimp tostadas and several fresh salads. I needed lots of circles and colors and fresh veggies in this meal. We even added in some nasturtiums from our garden. We had so much gorgeous food, I wished we had guests to share it with! This is one of my favorite things: Eating amazing California food outside in summertime, when the day has been hot but the evening delta breezes pick up just in time.
“Give me the splendid silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling.” —Walt Whitman
Also, today marks six months since our little dog Solstice came to our family. He followed our boys home on December 21 and hasn’t left our side since then. We love him so much, and we’re all grateful to have him.
Here’s to unexpected blessings that follow you home and take up residence in your heart.
Here’s to abundance of joy, nourishment, learning, and opportunity.
Here’s to family traditions carefully conceived and simply crafted.
Here’s to courage, doing good, and generosity.
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