Mint about to become a mojito.
The early summer heat has given way to rains and cooler weather. Today was nothing but on and off torrents of water. It's leaving the gardens, grass and wilds greener than normal for this time of year. But then "normal" isn't really something you can gauge anymore. I live in an area that is considered semi-desert, but it has not lived up to its name for quite some time.
My plans for the solstice tonight included a midnight mugwort harvest in the garden as well as a simple ritual by candlelight in the darkness of the yard, but the soggy weather has thwarted those appointments. I made a nice dinner for my parents last night with some lovely solar-themed food and mojitos with mint from the garden - so that little delight will have to count as my Litha celebration.
The rains do bring a respite from the flurry of activity of the past two weeks. Trying to keep up with the herbs that need harvesting and either drying, infusing or tincturing and the veggie gardens that need weeding and thinning and staking, has been an adventure. If it were my only project, I'd revel in the gardens up to my neck in dirt. But there are nieces to taxi around to jobs and final exams, a day-job that is knee-deep in our busy season, and a kitty that has decided to start over-grooming herself due to...stress...a bug bite from the garden...a run-in with one of the other cats...I'm not sure - and I'm a worrier when it comes to sick kitties. (I see more mojitos in my future.)
For the moment, I am watching the sky darken early under the cloud cover and listing the things I'm grateful for. Reminding myself of the amazingness among the insanity is key to a restful sleep and the will to get up tomorrow and do it all over again.
For now, I will think of:
~ the wild, rapid-fire laugh of my niece.
~ the scores of sugar-snap peas ripening daily on the vine.
~ having a day job that allows me to make up whatever hours I like as long as the work gets done.
~ chai tea in my favourite mug.
~ the smell of rain in the morning.
~ the crazy-beautiful, Tim Burton-esque mini foxglove that bloomed for the first time.
I hope you have a delightful Summer Solstice and find more than enough to be grateful for!