Farm-Fresh Watermelon

My Dad tells a great childhood story about helping a relative harvest melons in the heat of summer. He says that when a melon would accidentally slip to the ground and crack open — there would be nothing to do but rip out the heart, warm + sticky, and eat it — and then keep on moving to haul the next one.

I have always loved that story: it seems to hold deeper secrets about the sacredness of food and the work of growing it as well as the sensory delight of farm-fresh produce. I’ve been searching for some options for getting more local food in our diet the past couple of years (remember my happiness project for 2013: “My version of Eat, Pray, Love = Sleep, Write, Eat?”

Well it took me about 18 months longer than I hoped but in addition to enjoying periodic bounty from our urban farmer neighbors, I’ve just signed us up for a service which delivers a local farm box each week. Above is Coleman and his farm-fresh melon.

Is there something on your personal happiness project plan which you would like to circle back around to?

August is actually a great time, mid-year, to take stock. Setting goals and reviewing them is one of the secrets of happy (and productive) people.  Seriously, it is such a simple thing. But only a fraction of people write their goals down, and fewer still circle back around to check in with themselves about them.

I have a lot of theories about why this might be. (Like the fact that we feel pressure to set goals which match our idea of ourselves or of a successful person but not ones which actually light us up…) But that is a whole other topic, dear Birder, and this {Almost} wordless post already has far too many words.



This month I’m taking a break from blogging to allow my creative juices to replenish but you can expect a series of {almost} wordless posts: each with a picture of one of my favorite things. That’s it: nothing fancy. Just moments and corners of my life which make me happy. I’m actually having a lot of fun snapping those pics. You too might enjoy documenting the five or six things in your home + life which are making you the most happy this Summer. Try it! It’s a sure way to make the heart feel all buoyant inside. xxo