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A Bump in My Summer Road

I need to share a little bump in my road that happened at the end of the school year that I had to recover from. On top of having all the end of year concerts and recitals and parties, a mix-up at the pharmacy led to an unintentional cold turkey off of my new anxiety meds. This was something my doctor said Do Not Do.

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When I became weepy and had a constant stomach ache, I knew something was wrong. I’d been taking the wrong prescription and since I never have my contacts in yet when I take my medicines, it was a while before it got straightened out.

This was the first year that I went on vacation and didn’t feel all whacked out from anxieties while I packed, traveled, and stayed at our Ocean City, Maryland getaway. We all had fun and relaxed. And that’s what a vacation is supposed to be about. Whoda Thunk?

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These are the concepts I’m coming back to this week and today that are grounding me and guiding me toward a better Summer.

*Self-compassion is the best tool to get you out of a self-judgment loop in your head.

*Be grateful and show your gratitude for friends, food, and lodgings. These are well earned privileges.

*Use what you have and let go of what no longer serves you.

*Be completely present for the people in your life. Tell them the truth.

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*Show up for yourself. Give yourself opportunities to be proud of you.

*Give your wisdom away.

*Get outside as much as possible.

*Seek help for anything that you need.

*Create everyday.

Worked hard in the garden finishing up for the small Garden Party gathering I’m having next Sunday. The unveiling of my commitment to take back the disaster area that was my garden. I’m always at my best and most productive when I have guests coming and a party to prepare for.

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Today is Another Day

Summer is simmering. Extra hot days. We’re sleeping more and having fun. My Sister visited for Fiona’s dance recital but she left today.

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Today is another Day on Shalavee.com
Today is another Day on Shalavee.com
Today is another Day on Shalavee.com
Today is another Day on Shalavee.com
Today is another Day on Shalavee.com
Today is another Day on Shalavee.com

We’re off to a whirlwind start to our Summer.

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My Right Now and the Beginning of Summer

It’s hot outside. And humid. I just don’t feel like sitting inside all day long.

But it’s sunny out and the garden is looking spiffier than it has in a very long time.

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Oh, it’s also Father’s Day which is falling on a Sunday after a lot of ballet recital stuff and a church band performance for the son. And my sister’s visiting. I am trying to play catch up with the chores and make food and collages for my 100 day project and write a blog post and …

Our vacation is planned for this week and somehow, I feel dread instead of happy anticipation. It’s supposed to rain and we’re waiting for monies to come in. I never did lose the weight I had wanted to by now. I dread the bathing suit.

To counter balance any negative self thoughts, I have been concentrating on being proactive, doing my best and letting go of the rest, and feeling out where my feet are placed. Because Summer causes upheaval and I haven’t been to the gym in Days and days.

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“Life is organic” my friend once said. It ebbs and flows no matter how much we wish for it to stay this way now forever. Sometimes, as when Summer begins, we just have to concentrate on keeping our footing… with a nice pedicure and a cute pair of new sandals. And count our blessings, Two healthy happy kids, a garden devoid of weeds, and family and friends that are very supportive. Everything happens the way it needs to happen. I’m going to sit back and enjoy the ride for a little.

Read about the mental destruction of Summers past and how I finally began a better chapter a couple years ago in this blog post titled How Summer Did Not Start Out Like Plummeting Space Junk.

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Let It Be

So many things I think I should be doing. I should have a spiritual practice. I should be exercising more. I should be publishing my brilliant writing in big magazines. But most of the time, I can’t accommodate all of my shoulds. And my day turns into cleaned bathrooms, walk taken, and dinner
made. Throw a holiday in there and I don additional job hats as a fat elf and an invisible bunny rabbit. There’s no such thing as regularity. Yet somehow I keep hoping it’s possible.

Yes I could use a wife. And here comes Summer time when I suddenly become Julie your cruise director organizing all you fun Summer Family happenings and packing and planning and scheduling. But I dare say, I love it in many ways and it won’t be like this always. So I think I’m gonna let it be.

At any given point, your life is what you think it is. If you keep thinking it’s bad, it’s bad. If your think it’s a messy blessing, than that’s exactly what it is.

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A Few Personal Cooking (and Eating)Trends

I adore cooking and look forward to the summer season to make a few favorites with our tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers. We grew both sauce tomatoes and sandwich tomatoes as well as grape and yellow cherry tomatoes called Sungolds. I always make gazpacho with the first tomatoes served with shrimp and homemade croutons. Gazpacho recipe here.

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A few personal cooking and eating trends on shalavee.com

The Sungolds and grape tomatoes are great roasted and then used as a compote. With eggs or added to a sauce, the sweetness becomes richer with the roasting.

Something that I’ve come to really enjoy is eggs poached in tomatoes. My neighbor Chef Steve served Diablo eggs at his brunch, eggs cooked in ramakins of tomato sauce and I was hooked. Homemade tomato sauce is even better.A few personal cooking and eating trends on shalavee.com

A few personal cooking and eating trends on shalavee.com

We grill out as much as I can. I love veggie skewers and tandoori chicken thighs. I used to make a fruit salsa all the time to serve with the meats. And then this Summer I was turned onto Tzatsiki sauce made from cucumber, greek yogurt, sour cream, garlic, dill, and a little vinegar, salt, and pepper. New favorite!A few personal cooking and eating trends on shalavee.com

A few personal cooking and eating trends on shalavee.com

I’ve always loved Seafood and two of my favorites, mussels and oysters, I enjoyed for lunch with a friend in St. Michaels earlier this Summer. Looking forward to our annual birthday crab feast in less than two weeks.

A few personal cooking and eating trends on shalavee.com

Mark and are currently surrendering flour and sugar so I’ll not be making my favorite buttermilk biscuits for a while. But I will indulge in a slice of pumpernickel especially with avocado smashed onto it on occasion. And butternut squash makes a great hash with turkey kielbasa and garlic ramps. Hope you are inspired to eat some rainbow or try out a new dish. As I always say to the kids, “You never know, it could be your new favorite”. See a similar post and all of those yummy pictures in my post titled Food Porn from 2016.

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