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As it should be

July 16, 2012

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. I confess I feel a LITTLE sad because the season is over and whenever something ends, there's a little space where you look around and think, "Now what." But. As the song "Closing Time" by the Minnesota band, "Semisonic" goes, "Every new beginning is another beginning's end." So the implication is that endings and beginnings go hand in hand. So what begins, now, is a lovely stretch of repeat shows, and we look forward to September, to leaves falling, to cooler days and meatloaf.

In the meantime, the gentle meantime, there is school for which we'll prepare, and a number of meals on the grill - kabobs, salmon, and burgers filled with cheese, and corn. Grilled corn. There's this heat with which one must contend, or embrace, and a number of firefly-lit evenings where the porch will be the best place, and where iced tea will top it all off.

Sometimes the best way to see the place of something in your life is to lose it awhile, let it go, and feel what it feels like to be without, to not have it, to look forward to return. Kind of what I've been doing with the whole concept of WINTER. Lord, I can't wait til that first snowfall. I long to feel wind I can call "blustery," and pull the sleds down from the rafters in the garage. It's kind of silly, really. Because once I get there, I'll be wishing for a night lit by fireflies. And that's why tonight, you'll find me outside, tropical heat or no. Everything goes away, and though it comes back, why not hold it close while you have it? Really now. It's the meantime, and let's dance to the repeats on Saturday evening, and look forward to dancing in the street in September, when the new season comes around, and this one ends. As it should be.

I'm all about less is more this week when it comes to cooking and baking. Simpler the better, and don't heat up the house. Here's a great dip for fruit, and you can try just about anything for variety. It's best with apples, bananas and pineapple, I think.

Fresh Fruit Dip

8 oz cream cheese
1 16 oz jar marshmallow fluff
Soften cream cheese, and cream together with marshmallow fluff.

Serve with fresh fruit, cut and carved.

Try adding the juice of one orange for a tang, or using strawberry cream cheese for variety.

Enjoy!

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