I’m sitting at Aroma Joe’s, where I sometimes come to write when the internet is out at home, looking out the window and noticing the leaves have started to change. Fall is right around the corner.
What have I been doing? Enjoying fresh produce, hanging with my mom and sister, visiting farmer market’s. Waiting for autumn!
It’s been a good summer. The weather wasn’t too bad, overall. Though it was a wet season. A wet year, really. My parents garden did okay, but would have done better had the ground been dry enough for them to plant when they were supposed to. I’ve gotten a small number of zucchinis and cucumbers from them. Yum! I’ve also been enjoying the Madness boxes every two weeks from Misfit’s Market. While some of the produce has been consistent, there have also been differences in what I am receiving. And the convenience, wow! I’ve spent significantly less at Wal*Mart.
I’ve been enjoying salads, fruit-based cereals, juices, lemon and lemon-limeades, and more. I’ve also been enjoying other foods while hanging out.
Spending time with Little Man and Little Miss has been precious. Little Miss started crawling, and is now walking while holding onto things. She chats away like she is part of every conversation, and is so full of smiles and laughs. She turned one in July.
Little Man is getting so tall, and turned four just before his sister turned one. He and I went out looking for Dragons and Fairies and, I’m pleased to say, we came out of the woods with him holding onto his beliefs in them. I am good at what I do.
We had one birthday to celebrate both of their days, and it was so much fun. Little Man’s friends, Little Man, and Little Miss sure do love their fruit! I lost count of how many times they would come back to me asking for more fruit. I’m so happy to see them preferring the healthier foods.
Skye and her friend Phil took me out for a birthday dinner. We went to a new restaurant in Old Town called Outta the Ordinary, which is located in the same spot that Acme Pizza was located years ago when the girls were teenagers. We used to get pizza there sometimes. I got The Mainah! A pizza with lobster, clams, a butter sauce and corn. It cost more than $30! But it was Delicious. And so filling it lasted me three meals.
Zowie made me a dinner for my birthday, and baked a cake. Fajita’s, and chocolate cake with chocolate frosting that I got to share with her and the kids. Devan was working that evening, so I only saw him for a few minutes.
Skye and her boyfriend Ryan took me to Uno’s one evening, where I got a pasta dish with shrimp, and we watched some of a game, and the next day I went with Skye to Bar Harbor. While she worked, I walked around the Loop, taking pictures. I visited a few shops, and I found a juice bar where I enjoyed an very healthy smoothie! I also found an ice cream shop that has soft-serve ice cream made from almond milk. Great for me, with the dairy issues that I have. And it was delicious! Before we left, Ryan took us to The Thirsty Whale, a bar that serves food. Yum! Lobster Bisque is delicious. I also got to go into the very fancy hotel he works as a bartender.
Way fancier than The Inn where I work. We had a barbecue at The Inn the beginning of July. It was great fun.
Skye, my sister Sheila, nephew Isaiah, and I went to the Harry Potter birthday celebration at Diagon Alley Bangor, Maine! It was a great deal of fun, and I tried butter beer, finally. (Bring on the Immodium!)
Missy and I had a girls day! We headed to Western Maine, stopping at a craft show/farmer’s market, taking pictures, enjoying ice cream, and talking about so many things. We also stopped at yard sales. Another Immodium event! There was nothing healthy about this day’s food intake.
Right now, I’m on vacation. Despite the fun I’ve had, I’ve also been stressed and feeling unmotivated. I decided I needed to take some time off and get some perspective. There may be some changes coming up.
How has your summer gone? What new recipes or foods have you tried?