There are three things that I love about August.
#1 I love fresh blackberries. My sister makes a great blackberry pie with berries that grow wild at my parents. My husband learned how to make jam from his fantastic mother and we are currently working our way through a jar of fresh blackberry jam. We had it on pancakes yesterday. This is way better than syrup. Less sticky too.
#2 I love Walla Walla Onions. I enjoy them at the fair every year on Onionaire burgers. They are even better as onion rings at Burgerville. I’m actually thankful that these are only available in August. My jeans would not fit if they were available year round.
#3. I love Lynda’s Dahlias. Lynda is a woman who lives down river from us. Every year she plants a huge field of dahlias. She puts up a canopy and sells 13 cut stems for $5. If you want a vase $3. She has a little Tupperware box for the money. It has a rock in it so it doesn’t blow away.. Whole thing works on the honor system. She has a large sign that says “don’t cut the closed buds, they won’t blossom if you cut them too early.” There is a sermon in there somewhere but I’ll let you sort that one out yourself. I decided on the way home today that we could use a batch of Lynda’s Dahlias. They are brightly colored and they smell nice. You can’t spend five dollars better. I think fresh flowers bring a little joy inside.
Today I brought the flowers in and set them on the counter next to our other little growing bouquet…of realty cards. They are also brightly colored and speak of hope and promise. Flowers are a little sad when you have to take them out after they die. Realty cards are sad too when someone comes to see your house and then does not call. There was a new card on the batch today. It is sitting right next to my new dahlias. Driving home, I said aloud, “I am really tired of this whole selling the house thing. I want to sell it now”. My daughter said “Mom, It’s really up to God”. I really do love August.