Friday, June 22, 2007

Friday Five: Summertime

This week's five from the RevGalBlogPals:

1.Favorite summer food(s) and beverage(s)
Ah, where to start...asparagus; strawberries; raspberries; sweet corn; summer squash and zucchini; fresh, non-store-bought tomatoes; anything grilled over charcoal. Iced tea; Grand Traverse Select semi-dry Reisling, a very light and almost effervescent regional wine that goes really well with grilled chicken and other lighter summer foods.

2. Song that "says" summer to you. (Need not be about summer explicitly.)
Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll" -- but only if I'm in the car with the windows open and the radio really loud.

3. A childhood summer memory.
I was just reminiscing about this the other day. In the summertime, after long days spent haying, canning or engaged in other summer activities, my mom, dad and I would sit behind our farmhouse -- years before my grandfather had salvaged an old church pew from somewhere, painted it and placed it against the south wall -- and watch the sun go down. There in the twilight you could listen to killdeer, bobwhite and jacksnipe...smell clover and curing the changing colors of the evening...see flittering bats overhead...feel the dark slowly envelope the farm. It was one of our few family bonding moments.

4. An adult summer memory.
I have amassed so many delightful recent summer's hard to pick one. Driving around the coast of Lake Superior last year and eating a pasty in Paradise was a great memory, as was hanging out in the wonderful little Upper Peninsula village of Hessel. It wasn't quite summer yet, as I recall, but Fellow Traveler and I also had a great time driving around the Sleeping Bear Dunes last year. This year some of our pleasantest times have been right out on my front porch, sitting in our stadium chairs and "chilling." Let's see...back in my solo days, one memorable Saturday afternoon was spent in Benzonia, Michigan, in what used to be its cheerfully bohemian natural-foods restaurant, drinking cherry cider and quietly grooving to Van Morrison's "Moondance" while watching the parade of Interesting People that such venues tend to draw.

5. Describe a wonderful summer day you'd like to have in the near future. (weather, location, activities)
In two weeks I am going to be 1)doing the Ann Arbor culture crawl; 2)going to a Tigers game; and 3)going back up to the Leelanau Peninsula. I hope that all these days will be wonderful in their own ways.

Optional: Does your place of worship do anything differently in the summer? (Fewer services, casual dress, etc.)
Well, about a third of our congregation disappears, for various reasons, between Memorial Day and Labor Day; so our already low formality quotient ratchets down several more notches. It's actually a great time to assist or lay-preach.


St. Inuksuk said...

Good to hear you're just hibernating and all is relatively well. Did you get tagged yet for the Five Things I Dig About Jesus Meme?
Consider yourself tagged and stop by signs-along-the-way to add your link. (I have a special dispensation about linking!)

Peter Krey said...

dear LutheranChik,

I just want you to know that I love reading your thoughts and find so much that makes me feel that we're together on lots of subjects. I've been putting sermons, poems, and songs into my blog, mostly because I've had them in my files and this way they air out a little. I wish I could start helping people with my blog the way you do! I love your down-home style. I'm afraid I'm more intellectual. All this is just to say thank you. I love your work!

Trish said...

I LOVE sitting on the porch during summer. Moondance is also one of my FAVORITE songs. Oh, and from what I hear, I'm totally J that you live in Michigan where things are pretty. :) Have a good day.

Anonymous said...

Also getting back from dropping off the face of the world...hope you've been well!

God bless, Whitelaughter.

P.S. Have you crossed paganandchristian moot? You might find it interesting.