We have had the most incredible stretch of hot weather this year – 18 straight months of temperatures at or above normal, here in Connecticut. So we took an opportunity one afternoon recently to head to Ashford Memorial Park in Ashford, Connecticut, to get a change of scenery in the heat.

We spent the afternoon tossing a baseball, walking the dog, spying trails for future hikes and runs, and searching a milkweed stand for monarch caterpillars (nothing — rats!). Oh, and, of course, we played on the playground. When I say, “we,” I mean that I was beckoned to man the other construction toy, while my son gave me instructions on how to work it. It was not a pretty sight.

Other happenings for the week:

  • Malik has early Lyme disease — classic bull’s-eye rash. He is fine. Call it the joy of country living in Connecticut;
  • We are waiting for a surgery date to remove my thyroid, which isn’t behaving properly (probably sometime in September);
  • I have been working hard on my new science blog – if you haven’t stopped in, please do! (And come back, as I have been putting new information up nearly daily);
  • Lots of new herbs have moved into my front yard garden – see the “3 in 30” — thanks to my lovely adult sons, Evan and Christopher, who know my little gardens make me happy.

We are having a glorious summer, and, from our house to yours, we wish you blessings and prosperity, for the coming week and always!

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (James 1:17)

For more information on hikes in Connecticut, see one of these great books, available at Barnes & Noble (click image to purchase directly).

AMC’s Best Day Hikes in Connecticut. $2.98 at Barnes & Noble
Seasons of Connecticut: A Year-Round Celebration of the Nutmeg State, $24.95 at Barnes & Noble
100 Classic Hikes in New England: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, $14.84 at Barnes & Noble






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