It’s taken longer than I expected to get to this place… the place where I’m ready to share. June was hard. Harder than Junes normally are, and I didn’t even have to write “real” report cards. “Real” report cards make everything hard, even spring, with its flowers and salads and colours and birds and long, long days. This June eclipsed any report card. This June ate report cards for brunch – the kind of hungover brunch that happens after a wedding, hours later than you should be eating, with terrible coffee and gross food and screaming children… not a nice brunch. Not a nice June.
I was really hopeful that July was going to be better. And don’t get me wrong. There were parts of July that were awesome. There are going to be more parts of July that are going to be even more awesome. There are just other parts of July that are stupid and dumb and that are no better than a shitty June.
BC teachers are still on strike. Doesn’t look like this is going to change any time soon. I still don’t have a job. Doesn’t look like that’s going to change either. There you go. June sucked, July sucks, let’s get on with all of those other things.
We had WWOOFERS. They were awesome. Jer and I wrote a list, like we often do, but this list was not a normal list. Almost every single item on this list got crossed off. That was astonishing.
I drank beer in the shade of a beautiful porch with a great friend. I had coffee on a sunny patio with another friend. I’m selling flowers, and we’re selling vegetables, and I’m knitting all of the things. My gladiolas are blooming, my sunflowers are blooming, my sweet peas are going NUTS (if only you could smell them). We’re eating garlic and potatoes and zucchini is starting to come out of our ears. I have brown-eyed susans and broad beans and beets and kohlrabi. My neighbour has raspberries and she lets me pick them. Then she lets me eat them. I’ve given up showering and my feet are filthy (these are both highlights, not lowlights, for all of you “city” folk). The hammock is up and I had a beer in it this afternoon reading a summer book. Our baby chickens are getting bigger and we built them a run. We’ve gone canoeing, and we’ve gone swimming. I’m going to Hornby tomorrow with friends and Jer and my dog and I’m going to swim in the ocean. I spend time watching soccer and I only feel small amounts of guilt. I cracked so many hazelnuts I got a blister.
I think I just wrote all of those things to prove that July really isn’t so bad. There were just a few bad moments, and they’re hard to forget. From here on out though, it’s all the good type of brunch. More pictures soon.