Fawn nursing

Fawn nursing

 The above photo comes to you from inside the house, before opening the door, before walking outside.  If I would have cracked the basement door even an inch the spotted fawn and its mama would have leaped off into the woods.  This particular fawn is a rather active jumpy fellow.  It leaps on long legs and prances around mama with a particular spazziness.  We glimpsed it ambling about a dozen feet away behind the garage the other day.  What courage!  What daring!  Then it scurried back to Mama begging to stand beneath her and nurse.

Today is Day 193 of the Outdoor Commitment.  Yes, another day of rain.  Another day of cold in the 50’s.  People are getting snarly in town.  It is suppose to be July 1st, isn’t it?  Isn’t this suppose to be our warm weather for the year?  (I suppose it’s because we complained a week or two ago about it being too hot.  We’ll try to behave for the rest of the summer if it just warms up a little.)  We had to start two fires in the woodstove today.  In July!

Soaked leaf

Soaked leaf

Our official rain tally:  3.9 inches since Monday.  The last count measured 1.5 inches in the rain gauge.  That’s a lot of rain. 

Spiderweb capturing raindrops

Spiderweb capturing raindrops

We split another load of wood this afternoon.  Guess what.  I am suddenly really truly enjoying this wood splitting.  You get in a rhythm of hoisting, pulling the lever, tossing the split logs in the truck.  Honestly, it sometimes feels like a dance.  Very satisfying.  Remember when I was not anticipating this task?  How many times do our thoughts try to convince us that we’re not going to like something?  When, in actuality, we discover that we do!

Fallen impatiens flower settles gently on a rock

Fallen impatiens flower settles gently on a rock

The relentless rain has tossed around some flowers, toppled some garden plants and sprouted mushrooms on the lawn.  Slugs crawl up the trees and on logs.  I tried to photograph the mighty slug but he ended up looking fuzzy and out-of-focus at least three times.  Perhaps tomorrow you’ll be entertained by slugs and mushrooms, but not today.

Garden spinach already bolting!

Garden spinach already bolting!

Everybody knows when to pick spinach and lettuce, right?  Before it bolts, or flowers.  Our spinach has just barely grown to an appropriate height when I noticed that it was already bolting.  Shame.  It seems too early.  I brought the colander out in the drizzly rain and pinched the flowers off (after photographing) and then harvested a mess for a salad.

Nothing better than eating food fresh from the earth.  Supermarket food rarely compares.  Our taste buds explode upon munching into fresh vegetables.  You can almost feel the nutrients soaring into the cells, deeply nourishing the body.  If you don’t have a garden, try to find a farmer’s market.  It’s worth any extra effort.

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