I took the weekend off from blogging. It was bright and sunny and warm and I was reminded of an old saying that summer arrives just after fourth of July here in the Northwest. This morning it seems again cool and gray, though it is quite possible the sun will come out this afternoon and make things balmy again.
I do of course know the difference between tomatoes and peaches, yet I found this pic of baskets of peaches just so fitting that I had to use it. Except for around Easter, most of us don’t see to many baskets these days. Those large metal contraptions one pushes around the supermarket hardly count. Apart from the baskets of fresh peaches we used to get every summer, what stands out most in my mind surrounding the word basket is the related term basket weaving. When I was growing up in Louisiana in the 1970′s, basket weaving was often used as an example of a completely useless profession. (“If you go to school, study business or engineering or something– don’t spend all that time and money to get a degree in basket weaving.”) Yet I know there can be a great deal of skill involved in creating a basket and some baskets can be genuine works of art.
The lighthouses are among the things I remember the most from my visit to coastal Maine. I also remember a particularly stunning lighthouse my late huzband Joel and I visited at Yacquina Point on the Oregon coast. It always seemed such a horribly lonely existence the lighthouse keeper and his family were compelled to live, constantly tending their light and never free to leave it. I was frankly relieved when I looked it up and discovered that the salad dressing company chose to deliberately mis-spell this word. (The dressing is branded “Litehouse”.)
Tomatoes are as much a product of summer as peaches are. I have never myself grown tomatoes, though I have seen friends and family do it. I am remembering a bunch of small yellow grape tomatoes a friend gave us a few years back. It’s still cloudy and cool outside as I bring this post to a close. I am off to the pharmacy to pick up a few things. And finally today, my thanks to Susan Critelli who suggested today’s words.