Summer Rain

It’s Pride Month, and yesterday was World Environment Day. As I’ve said before, let’s take care of each other and the world. It’s here for all of us. We’re all just people trying to live our lives. I wish more people would live theirs without feeling the need to step on others. Looking at the state of the world makes me feel somber. I want to have hope in humanity, and sometimes I do. Sometimes, though, I see what’s going on and feel overwhelmed my melancholy. That’s not useful though. I do what I can to make my little wedge of life and influence better and try to let go of my worry. The world won’t be improved by me developing stomach ulcers. If everyone does what they can, that will improve things, and that’s what I hope to see one day.

School is letting out, and the weather has been in the 90s for a while. I say, “It’s too hot to be alive,” any time I have to go outside for any reason. That’s summer to me, even though the solstice hasn’t arrived yet. There was a lovely thunderstorm yesterday. I love watching lightning and heavy rain from the comfort of home. In all my time in London, I’ve only ever seen one proper storm. It’s strange because the UK is so well known for rainy weather. It’s more like drizzly weather by my reckoning, which is still nice (and easier to get out in when you have to go grocery shopping). As long as we don’t get any hurricanes (knock on wood), I’m happy to see stormy weather here in New Orleans.

My fiancé and future father-in-law arrive in a week. Finally wedding arrangements are being made, and I’ve written a grocery list for their visit. We will have a vacation around New Orleans, as it will be my father-in-law’s first time in the U.S. In addition to see New Orleans history and culture, we will dip into some American experiences. No joke – I’m taking him to Walmart. He wants to see Walmart. He was stunned to learn that we can’t just walk down the street to our local grocery store either, that the layout of where I live really requires one to drive. That will be a fun experience all around. And I’m terribly eager to see my fiancé. We will marry in 11 days, and hopefully that will make a difference for my Family Visa. I hate not knowing when I can get back because I will have to tell my husband goodbye at the end of his visit. Hmm. I’ll be sad about that later. For now, I’m excited. It will be a great couple of weeks!

Head of a Girl by Da Vinci

Here are this week’s suggestions for fun and enriching activities:

  • Relaxing Music: “Book of Days” by Enya. You can listen to it on YouTube or find the album on Amazon* or streaming.
  • Soothing Sounds: “Swamp Sounds at Night” by The Guild of Ambience.
  • Puzzle: Sudoku. You can find the game here along with everything you need to know about how to play.
  • Movie: Tarzan (1999). You can find it on Amazon* or on a streaming service.
  • Creative Prompt (write, draw, paint, sculpt, photograph, or collage something based on this subject): fire
  • Mythology Lesson: Hephaestus. Read about him here, and do a little further research if the mood takes you!
  • Short Reading: “The Swineherd.” You can read it here, or you can listen to it here.

Try one per day or everything every day, and you’ll be well on your way to enjoying a more vibrant daily round.

*These are Amazon Affiliate links.

The Last Supper by Da Vinci

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