Thursday, July 4, 2013

sun and citrus






Hot and humid, seltzer and lime, fruit and yogurt.

The way little green plants grow out of slate--a metaphor there for sure.

It's independence day, and I am so very glad--
it's worth celebrating, or at least acknowledging.

I read All the Pretty Horses, which is wonderful, and then The Crossing--the second book in the trilogy, which was less wonderful--I kept putting it down, but then I'd pick it up again. So harsh and lyrical. I need to read something else before I tackle Cities of the Plain. Staying in Texas, I tried Lonesome Dove, but the tone wasn't right  (And oh boy, it's hot in Texas too.) Maybe I'll re-read Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver.

I like my lemonade tart.

Stay cool.

xo,

Jen

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  1. Hello Jen

    Tart lemonade is a good remedy for a hot summer day.
    Enjoy today
    Helenxx

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    1. Oh yes--I love all things citrus.

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  2. Looking at the waterfall makes it all better...boy it's hot and sooo humid. The forecast doesn't change for the forseeable future so lemonade sounds like a remedy..Frank made Sangria today... a close second I guess. Happy Independance Day!

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    1. Mmm, my husband makes a good Sangria too-- perfect for summer evenings.

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  3. That moss and fern laden stone looks like heaven. I can almost feel the cool zephyr pouring off it.

    I've been experimenting a lot with lemonade. With mint, with basil, with cilantro, with rosewater, with rosewater and mint, with peaches, with limes, with booze. In this heat and humidity, they're all great.

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    1. Zephyr is a great word! My son has created a low-tech air conditioner--he freezes water in a bowl and puts it in front of the fan.

      I am a purist about lemonade--maybe I should be more open-minded. Starting with peaches and limes.

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  4. Lemons! Have you read Bitter Lemons by Laurence Durrell?

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    1. No! I just looked it up and it sounds great--I love travel memoirs. Thank you!

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  5. It is not National holiday, July 4th, here, but personally it's anniversary. My birthday. But I've got another age,,,

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  6. Happy 5th now I guess.

    I make a lemon syrup, add a couple of glugs to sparkling water and drink deeply.

    Then I do it again.

    It's a summer survival must.

    Happy 4th, er 5th.

    "Who doesn't love America" one of my neighbors said.

    I could think of quite a few countries but didn't want to spoil his buzz.

    xo Jane

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    1. Can't believe someone living in D.C. said that. In a bubble.

      I have a big bag of lemons and one of limes and will be fooling around with (non-alcoholic) citrus drinks today. Stay cool!

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  7. stay cool??? I wish... happy weekend xxx

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    1. I can't keep up with what continent you're on! I guess it's hot everywhere....

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  8. Today was muggy and humid at this part of the world too. At this time of year I usually make Japanese apricot liqueur from fruits in alcohol and sugar or its syrup. I also enjoy drinking citrus vinegar or cider vinegar diluted with water plus honey.
    The green is greener and livelier thanks to the water,which makes me feel so fresh and cool!

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    1. I love the idea of using apricots! I've never heard of your vinegar concoction, but it sounds interesting--I love tart drinks! It's so humid here too, I want to take four showers a day.

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  9. The rain drove us away from the Gulf beaches so it is home to hot and humid South Georgia. The coolness of a mountain canopy and stream are appealing. Lemonade sounds divine...maybe toss in a few fresh strawberries! Stay cool, friend. Oh, I think I will try your son's idea... The fan, bowl of ice, and patio at sunset!

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  10. Darn weather! Strawberries on lemonade sound delicious and would be pretty too.

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  11. I like my lemonade tart too. I like to be in the middle of the right book at the right time and feel a little lost when I am reading one that doesn't quite fit the moment and mood. Your photos are beautiful!

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