My list of summer pleasures here in the Northwest includes a laundry line. A break from the hum and heat of the drier; I love to hang my clothes out to dry. It’s easier on the environment and the clothes, too. I do admit to giving the dried clothes a 5 minute spin before folding, to knock out the wrinkles and stiffness. A stainless cable bought by the foot at the local hardware store is strung between the posts of my covered porch near the laundry room door. When laundry and wooden pins are off, the cable disappears from view and it hasn’t sagged, rusted or frayed. Since it is covered by the patio eaves, the hanging items are spared from unexpected sprinkles.
Berries are another joy of the season. At the beginning of August, we hit a local organic, U-pick farm in Puyallup and collected 8 pounds of blueberries-luscious. It couldn’t be any easier to make fresh blueberry sauce which is quiet versatile. Baked brie was the first thing we slathered it on, then pancakes. Now its blackberry season and every few days we freeze another gallon bag for fall and winter smoothies. The hot and dry weather is perfect for blackberries, allowing the fruits to fully ripen in succession. Simply snacking on them frozen is like heaven.
Though Monday was labor day—the so called end of summer for school goers and the arbitrary cut-off for wearing white, the autumnal solstice is not until the 23rd. As long as the sunshine sticks around, it’s still summer to me and I’ll revel in its pleasures like weeding with the sun on my shoulders or a rest in the hammock while the dragonflies rustle in the cattails.
© Colleen Miko, 2011