June 2019 in Pictures

"Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.” - Al Bernstein


Summer 2019 Bucket List

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” - John Lubbock


The first day of “summer vacation” seems to be the perfect time to make a summer bucket list…even if it is only 58ºF. My biggest goal is to stay away from school for a few weeks, and here’s what I hope to do:

Carried over from my Spring Bucket List:

  • Restore Eric’s Grandpa’s glider and swing on it with my morning coffee (Too many projects and strange weather this summer. We’ll get to it next year!)

  • Sip rosé on the deck (as soon as it gets warm enough) (✓)

  • Enjoy the first bonfire of the season (✓)

  • Organize closets, cabinets, and drawers (✓)

New for summer:

  • Read a lot (✓)

  • Tend my garden (✓)

  • Take long walks with Piper (✓)

  • Spruce up our deck (✓)

  • Dine al fresco (✓)

  • Eat local strawberries in June, Door County cherries in July, and sweet corn on the cob in August (✓)

  • See a movie (Yesterday) and go to a concert (Jimmy Buffet) (✓ In fact, we saw 5 movies, went to 2 concerts and a musical!)

  • Visit the Nares exhibit and the new Paris posters at the Milwaukee Art Museum (✓)

  • Get out on the water (How is it possible that I wasn’t on the water at all this summer?)

  • Watch fireworks (and comfort Piper) (✓)

  • Take a road trip (✓)

  • Take lots of photographs (✓)

  • Redecorate Piper’s room (aka our bedroom) (✓)

  • See the Perseid meter showers in August (How did this fall off my radar? I guess because we were in Chicago that weekend. Well, next year…)

Results: 11/14 Not bad!

Cherry Blossoms

“Suddenly she was seeing the buds on the cherry trees around her; she could feel the energy packed within them, a bouquet of fireworks whose fuse had already been lit. She could smell them, too, a subtle essence, the sweetness deepened by the scent of the slowly warming earth below them.”

― Erica Bauermeister, The Lost Art of Mixing

Door County Cherry Blossoms - Egg Harbor

Door County Cherry Blossoms - Egg Harbor

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June • Color of the Month

"White is not a mere absence of colour; it is a shining and affirmative thing -- as fierce as red, as definite as black... God paints in many colours, but He never paints so gorgeously, as when He paints in white."

- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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Muguet de mai

« Un joli brin de muguet pour le bonheur toute l'année! » - Proverbe français



July 14, 2018 (195/365)

“Even in the smallest and humblest garden, a sturdy hydrangea at once proclaims the place as the abode of a real gardener rather than a mere purchaser of plants.” - Washington Park Arboretum Bulletin


June 19, 2018 (170/365)

"Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life." - John Updike

Chardonnay Pearls

June 4, 2018 (155/365)

"Pearls are always in good taste." - Elsa Schiaparelli

Most Recklessly

 May 19, 2018 (139/365)

“Everything is blooming most recklessly.” - Rainer Maria Wilke


March 29, 2018 (088/365) “Everyone looks for the first snowdrops as proof that our part of the earth is once more turning towards the sun." - Carole Carlton