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Summer of Connection, July 2023

It’s the last day of July and I think it’s a good time to consider how I’m doing with my Summer of Connection. If you recall, I was going to connect in three areas: with people, with the outdoors, and with my own dreams.

I’ve done well with connection with people. We’ve hosted Pergola Thursdays twice now and had great (and different) groups both times. It’s such a fun way to bring people together, not just for me, but for those who attend and connect with each other, too. I also went to an anniversary party this weekend and was rewarded with connecting with people from town that I’ve known for years but haven’t seen in quite some time. I joked that our table was like Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood . . . we had a librarian, a school teacher, a police officer, a mail carrier, and a bus driver!

I’ve connected with the outdoors by spending time with my gardens. Weeding isn’t as critical now as it was earlier in the month and my cut flower beds have been doing great although the dahlias did sustain some damage from a bad thunderstorm (and tornado warning!) on Saturday night. And then. Yesterday, I went out to check on them and install tomato cages on a couple that I didn’t think needed them. Dale was helping me and I tripped over the edge of the raised bed and fell, wiping out a whole dahlia plant on my way down. I’ve got some bumps and bruises and aches this morning but I’m mostly worried about whether the plant will be okay. Time will tell.

Connecting with my own dreams has been something I’ve focused on the least (in fact, I kind of forgot that this was part of the plan) but since I spend a fair amount of time alone as part of my regular routine, it’s something I do without really thinking about it. Journaling and meditating and reflecting fulfills me in a unique way and I’ll be giving this more consideration during August.

I hope your summer, however you’ve designed it, is just what you want it to be.

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  1. Ouch! I hope you are not sore from your trip & fall – sorry about that. Other than that, your July sounds awful good. I bet your Pergola Thursdays are so fun. There’s something about a gathering of friends and family outside that is just so special. Thanks to you and others, I am planning on growing (hopefully) some Dahlias next year!!

  2. Oh my! I hope your bumps and bruises are healed quickly (and the dahlia is okay too!)

    I think your Pergola Thursday’s sound delightful… I agree with Vera, there is something about being outdoors in the company of good friends that is such a boon for all!

  3. If I’m ever in your neighborhood on a Thursday, I’m going to stop in! I’m glad your summer is going well in most areas (except for you and the dahlia, and I hope both will be okay). My summer is going well, now that the heat and humidity have decreased, and I’m all caught up with garden produce!

  4. Ouch! Hope you and the dahlia recover quickly. I can imagine me doing something exactly like that. Thanks for the reminder about summer intentions. I’ve taken a bit of a break from the last of the house goals, but I know I’ll be more productive while the days are long. Time to get back at it.

  5. I hope you and your dahlias recover quickly from your tumble! Pergola Thursdays sound rather magical, and I’m so glad you’ve made some great memories with friends this summer!

  6. Gardening is never for the weak-hearted! I hope you mend quickly — and that the dahlia comes roaring back for you.

  7. well everything sounded great until that part about the fall – bruises on you AND the dahlia – ugh!! love reading about how you’re connecting this summer – and hope you find ways to grow and continue what you’ve started this month, too!

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