Freckles in April: May

Sunday, May 26, 2013


In the eleven plus years I've been living here this is the nicest May I can remember. The days are warm enough to lure us to dip our toes in the pool, though thus far only my boys have been brave enough to jump all the way in. I'm getting there. The nights are flawless little pockets of time and each feels like an inestimable gift in the face of the coming heat. They're barely cool and perfect for unhurried walks around the neighborhood, sunset dinners in our courtyard and sleeping with our windows thrown open.

He thinks he can use a knife by himself. Not so much.
Our dinners are unfancy, eaten on a plastic folding table while sitting on camp chairs. I boil corn in water and milk and finish one or two ears on the grill for a smoky flavor Aaron loves. We eat hunks of watermelon with a spoon. I struggle to keep up with our watermelon habit; they're a pain to heft into the grocery cart and I am not exactly the watermelon whisperer. However, after a few mediocre ones I have finally hit my stride. I make Aaron carry them from the car to the kitchen because I know I'm due for a spectacular Gallagher moment and I really don't feel like cleaning up splattered melon.

The boys begged for Cheetos yesterday at the grocery store and I caved. My 3-year-old has inexplicably started calling them "macheetos," a compound of "mosquitoes" (of which he's terrified) and Cheetos. He has spent much of the past 24 hours orange-fingered and blissfully high on MSG.

Last night we grilled burgers and hot dogs but I skipped both in favor of a plate full of grilled artichokes with a biting garlic and herb dipping sauce. We had a grilled artichoke appetizer when we went out for my birthday last month and it was one of those mind-blowing type dishes we still speak about in reverent tones. "Do you remember the artichoke?" We've been attempting a homemade version ever since, with varying levels of success. Last night's offering was the best yet.

By the end of the meal my cheap white tee was a mosaic of pink watermelon drips, buttery artichoke splotches and Cheeto dust. Apparently my ability to eat neatly disappears when we move our dinner to the patio.

Artichoke remnants

He really likes corn.
5-year-old photography
Fixing a wayward mister

 We strung a tangle of lights above our courtyard a week ago for our monthly dinner group and we're just waiting for an HOA letter demanding we take them down. Until then, Aaron and I enjoy their soft glow each night after we put the kids to bed. They warmly light the pages of my book while Aaron reads news on his iPad beside me.

School ended last week. The pool opened yesterday. Our kids summer movie series starts on Tuesday.

It feels like summertime.

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  1. Sounds delightful! Love summer nights.

  2. I still remember the first time I ate an artichoke and it was with you!! We were with the three families (Atkinsons, Petersons and Blockers) at a cabin in Lake Tahoe and either your mom or Debbie made some. I have been in love with them ever since and this post took me right back to that memory! And I'm extremely jealous of your lights. I have always wanted a backyard strung with beautiful lighting...ahh. Dreamy!

  3. ah! this whole post SCREAMS your old blog formerly known as your last name. And we all know I creepy stalked the sheet out of that puppy. More than I ever want to admit. Ever.

    keep up the personal!

  4. Love Love Love this dreamy.
    the best picture is the one your five-year-old took. love it.

  5. That's it. I'm buying a grill.

  6. Mmm. Sounds perfect, cheetos and all.

  7. This is such a lovely post! Love the personal glimpse and the whole early summer vibe. And enjoying your book each evening outside by the glow of those lights sounds so wonderful.


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