Every time this year that someone asks me, “Has your summer been relaxing?,” I want to respond as Mr. Beaver responded to Susan Pevensie: “Who said anything about relaxing? ‘Course it isn’t relaxing. But it’s good. It’s the summer, I tell you.” (I think that I could probably use quotations from Lemony Snicket and C.S. Lewis to describe everything in life. But I digress.)
The highlight of these busy weeks was my brother’s wedding. After several days of heavy downpours in Sarasota, we worried that the outdoor wedding would be a mixed bag of love and rain — in the same way that “a trip to the zoo would be a very mixed bag if the weather were beautiful, but all the man- and woman-eating lions were running around loose” (and there’s your Snicket quote for the day).
I am successfully past the half-way point of this 365-day photo challenge, and I am somewhat embarrassed by the lack of variety this month. At first, I thought that the pictures were too random–you are about to see everything from the Winston skyline to watercolor jellyfish. Then I realized that there are 2 pictures of soccer fields, 2 pictures of desserts, 2 pictures of an insect on a flower, 3 pictures of American flags, and 4 pictures containing water (not including the watercolor jellyfish).
But these photos tell the story of July pretty well. I’m not too upset about the redundancy.
July 1. Beautiful
July 2. Summer
July 3. Sweet
July 4. Morning
July 5. Mineral
July 6. America
July 7. Noon
July 8. Shallow
July 9. Umbrella
July 10. Love
July 11. Transportation
July 12 Lines
July 13. Full
July 14. Sunset
July 15. Unknown (I learned today that this is the Grand Union Flag, which is considered the first flag of the USA. Wikipedia says, “This flag consisted of 13 alternating red and white stripes, but with the upper inner corner or canton resembling the British Union Flag of the time.”)
July 16. Stars (George Washington Headquarters Flag at the Tavern in Old Salem)
July 17. Eat (ice cream with pistachio dust from Lill Dipper)
July 18. Mirror
July 19. Paint
July 20. Symbolism
July 21. Eyes
July 22. Over the…
July 23. Boots
July 24. Lunch
July 25. Alone
July 26. Scientific
July 27. Circle
July 28. Rule of Thirds
July 29. Big
July 30. Baby
July 31. City
In 2019, I am posting a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month. Feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments!
July’s edition of “Enjoyable Reads” is dedicated to short stories because I’m currently enrolled in British and American Short Fiction.
1. If you have 5 minutes and love a good plot twist, then you need to read “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin.
2. If you have a little more time and don’t mind sad endings, check out “Paul’s Case” by Willa Cather.
3. And if you just need a good laugh (and you are willing to read for a little longer), then read “Xingu” by Edith Wharton.
P.S. American short fiction might be my favorite genre.
P.P.S. I did read several books from the 100 Books Bucket List this month, but none were good enough to recommend.
I used to claim that I was afraid of birds. Wings and the beaks make birds completely unpredictable—you never know when those feathered appendages will flap. The problem with my claiming this fear, however, is that ducks are my favorite animal (and flamingos are probably my third favorite animal, following after jellyfish).
While on a family trip in Sarasota, I realized another flaw in claiming this fear: I photograph birds a lot (here’s evidence from Arizona, Michigan, and my own backyard). In fact, I let a snowy egret wander within 3 yards of me so that I could get a good picture. I guess I will have to find a new fear.
July 8. Shallow
If you saw my post on Thursday, then you know that I recently returned from the Twin Cities.
June 11. Landscape
June 13. Skyline
Work met play this week . . . sort of. I attended a conference in Saint Paul, Minnesota, so of course I had to visit the Mall of America.
Before I begin, allow me to express my shock that I am twenty-four years old! I feel old…but also young…sort of rickety…but also fresh… Can anyone relate?
Anyway…you’re here to read about the exciting things I did this year. Here you go: