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Friday, September 20, 2013

summer 2013 highlights


What a summer!  I'm celebrating the end of summer by sharing my summer highlights.  I feel lucky and accomplished and exhausted looking back over all the photos from this summer.  It feels like a blur remembering all the things we did in just a couple of months.  I have felt super busy, but I'm glad I was able to travel to beautiful places and hang out with some of my favorite people.  Here's a sampling of this summer's highlights: 


planting my first flower cutting garden (wildflowers are my favorite!)...



fulfilling my dream of travelling to Europe with Paul...  (here's all the posts in case you missed them:
Bath Part 1 ... Bath Part 2 ... Bath Abbey ... London Part 1 ... London Part 2 ... Paris 1 ... Eiffel Tower ... Paris Part 2 (historic walking tour) ... Paris Part 3 ... Versailles ... Paris Part 4)



and of course travelling to Iceland...


our fifth (JVC) Syracuse reunion...


spending lots of time working at the community garden - - and giving away tasty veggies - and learning more about accessible gardening ...


all the great veggies (and fruit and eggs) from our CSA box...


trying my hand at new recipes including nasturtium jelly (a huge hit at potlucks!)...


a visit from my favorite sister...


taking a day trip to Madison with Paul...


little adventures with our pups...


making fresh fruit popsicles...


going camping and making campfire cakes...


travelling with my family to Holland, Michigan...


summer concerts incuding Jimmy Buffet (above), LL Cool J, Pitbull, Justin Vernon, and Mumford and Sons (wow, random music much?)...


and visiting Portland and the Oregon Coast (plus adventures at the Portland Japanese Garden and Salt & Straw)


With all those activities and a move to a new apartment, I manged to finish a good chunk of the goals on mysummer wishlist but didn't get to everything.  Swimming in Lake Michigan at sunrise and camping on the beach will have to just wait till next summer.  So I already have something to look forward to!  

Now I'm looking forward to pumpkin everything, pretty colors, and cozy sweaters - and I'm especially looking forward for things to slow down a bit.  My body wants to rest after all that summer activity.  

What were your summer highlights?

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