Today is another beautiful in-the-80’s degree day; sun shining, clear skies-just gorgeous. Looking outside at our birdfeeder one finds the ever-present little chipmunk who’s decided that the base of our birdfeeder is heaven for him. Surely, he’s got to be stuffed and yet, there he is almost all day long, jowls stuffed to the bursting; I love chipmunks. All of the flowers of summer are now in bloom and our wild blackberrie bushes are bursting with ripened fruits; it’s a sweet treat to be able to just go outside in your backyard and pick little dark purple morsels of sun-warmed berries-an instant burst of sweetness on your tongue!
I managed to visit one garage sale today, it’s almost the first of this summer for me. The reason I attended this particular sale was due to a email from a friend, informing me of “tons of yarn at $1.00 a skein!” You can BET I was there! I was thrilled to see that much yarnie-goodness all in one place and all at unbelievable prices-I purchased 24 skeins of varigated yarns and was pleased as punch! Rushing home, I quickly emailed everyone in my immediate vicinity whom I thought might be remotely interested in this sale (I’d promised the seller I would). I would venture to guess that she had, after I left, a good $80-100 dollars worth of yarn left (that’s at HER prices of $1.00 per skein.) She told me that she was holding this sale hoping to raise enough money to purchase a tombstone for her Mother’s grave who had just died and been the original owner of the yarns.
Last night, upon returning home from Friends Group (my special needs adults Bible study group), I was indulging (just a little) in a small bowl of strawberry/vanilla ice cream and gazing outside at the quickly-fading daylight when what to my wonder began to glint in the darkness, but 3 little lightening bugs! A true sign of summer, if ever there was one. I mentioned to my husband that it still amazes me – all during my entire childhood and up into my 30’s I had never seen a lightening bug in real life (yes, in movies or photos, but not by my own eyes). I well remember the first time, many years ago, while we were vacationing at a cabin up North that my oldest son came running in all excited about the ‘flashing bugs’! We were able to produce a small jar in which to capture them, for a brief time, just to admire their abilities. Fireflies are, to me, a reminder that the Lord must have a sense of humor, because they always seem to make people smile!
Today, while driving around doing errands, a multi-hued butterfly accidentally flew into my windshield wiper! I had to drive for about 4 miles before reaching my destination and worried if he/she had truly been killed by the impact. By gently moving the wiper away from the window and carefully placing the tip of my finger under the wiper, I was able to free the tiny creature and it flew away…another ‘simple pleasure of summer’, seeing a butterfly do what they do best…Fly! It flew to a near-by tree and rested. Poor little insect, to be ‘stuck’ between the wiper and the pressures of the wind blowing against the window while I drove…needless to say, I was VERY glad to see it was still alive!
Simple summer days; simple pleasures. I hope that you are able to enjoy these days-look for the ‘simple things’ that bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart.