Tuesday, August 14, 2012

My Wish for All of You: Il Dolce Far Niente

It's hard to believe it's August already!  I feel myself wanting to hold on to every minute of Summer - as I usually do at this time of year.  This is the "lazy" month of Summer - or it should be!  I still hold with the French and Italians who pretty much close down for August - their countries that is!  How perfect! It is time, my friends, for "il dolce far niente" - "the sweetness of doing nothing". Yes, we soon will be in the thick of cooling weather, longer work days, canning, freezing, tending our gardens, and otherwise getting ready for  Fall.  And, for sure, this Fall will be a challenging one!  But for now, be sure to wallow in the wonder of this season - and these days of this season.  Bite into a tomato right off of the vine; eat a raw cob of corn; slurp really good Italian Water Ice; play games - Board games even; eat lots of ice cream; sit outside way too long in the evening and watch fireflies; listen to baseball on the radio; wander around every Farmers Market you can find; stay in the water until you turn into a prune; read "junk"; walk on the beach with a dog; and wallow in the wonder of really cooling summer rainstorms and summer breezes after really hot August days.

That's all!  No food news. No rants. No recipes. Just my sincere wish for you. Despite what they may have told you, it is sweet to do nothing - even if just for a little while!

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