food, farming, friends and family: a meditation on chosen simplicity and (in)voluntary complications – life.

The Month That Was

It seems strange to talk about August in the past tense – in part because, well, it’s not actually over for another 12 hours or so. But moreso because, for most of the year, August was exploding off the calendar as 31 days chocked full of celebrations, gatherings of my favorite people, the abundance of the garden, (summer sunshine?).
And here, in the comfort of my yurt, on this windy and rainy August 31st, I can say it had all of those things and more.

August was family visits and swims in Lake Padden, ice cream cones and canning projects. It was UPicks and finding our chickens’ first eggs. August was basil and zucchini, sungold tomatoes and berries berries berries. It was parties celebrating the connections between people and the growth of families, the bonds of partnership, birthdays and babies. Community.

September promises more of the same, starting with a trip back to Michigan tomorrow that will kick off the wedding celebration for one of my oldest friends, Erica and her partner Greg. And while I can’t seem to stop wishing time would slow down just a bit, I am so very grateful for the joys – the challenges too – of each day. More pictures of August (and other) adventures here.

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