Usually in western Washington, summer doesn't really start until after the 4th of July. This year however, it was warm even in June. Instead of the usually grey Independence Day, it was blazingly hot. I spent the holiday volunteering at the Center for Wooden Boats on South Lake Union, greeting visitors at their annual festival. Families played on the grass, boat enthusiasts milled around the docks, and there was even a marching band on floats.
I was enjoying the sunny days so much, and kept thinking they would end anytime. But surprisingly, that never happened. It was bright and sunny for the whole month. That is unheard of. In fact, according to the Cliff Mass weather blog, this was the driest July since 1960, and he claims it was possibly the "nicest" July in generations, based on a combination of factors.
That sounds like a good thing, right? Well, it mostly was, except it was a little hard on me as a Seattleite. Because we are so used to grey weather, when it's nice you have to drop everything and take advantage of it. But when you have that "carpe diem!" feel for a month straight, it can be exhausting. I literally don't know how to make myself return emails, do laundry, cook indoors, read, or anything else mellow and mundane when it's gorgeous outside.
So it was a fun and busy month. First of all there was the garden. I have one, plus am dating a gardener, so we ate a lot of meals with home-grown veggies. Tons of salads, grilled veggies, pasta and veggies, veggie galettes, as well as raspberries from his prolific little patch.
There was time hanging with family, including my youngest niece who is now over 5 months old!
The first couple days of August were cool and rainy, which was a welcome break. Now it's back to sun, and a lot planned for this coming month. I guess that's how summer should be!