While I can’t believe it’s already August, looking back on July… it also felt like it lasted forever. Work has been particularly stressful this summer so it’s nice to look back on some of the more fun highlights.
One thing that S and I wanted to try to do more this summer was to take advantage of our grill and the subscription to Bon Appetit that randomly started showing up in our mailbox. We started bold with their Grilled Spiced Snapper with Mango and Red Onion Salad recipe.
So we invited a few friends over, grilled some fish and followed a charred grilled cabbage recipe for a side. It was such a great dinner! How’d we do?
A few days later S and I wanted to check out the new art installations at Green Mountain Falls. Check out my last post
about the Green Box Arts Festival that happens there each year and brings new amazing art to the small mountain town.
This year we were a little too late to go to any of the shows or performances but we did to check out the new art pieces including a huge musical swing set. Each swing plays a different note from an instrument that gets louder the higher you swing. As people swing together, the sounds create a melody. It’s such a cool piece by a group called Daily tous les jours, They describe it as “an exercise in musical cooperation.” So far it’s traveled to several cities across the country and Canada.
We also had to revisit Footprint in Green by Patrick Dougherty. It’s a living structure outdoors that somehow is still standing after a few years now.
After spending time with one of my newly engaged friends in Denver the following weekend, I was able to swing by my parents’ house and take our lil pug Hank for a quick dip in the pool.
The next weekend two of my friends and I miraculously had the same day off and were all in town. It had been a scorcher so far that month so we hung by the pool, went out to dinner and took a late night ride to the bars on the city’s new rental bikes they put downtown. They were too much fun, definitely worth the $2. I clearly need to work on my one handed bike riding skills…
Weirdly enough, that was the last clear weekend before crazy severe weather moved in. One week there was severe thunder storms, hail and flash flooding every single day. The first storm was especially bad. Even though it was July, it looked and felt like it was the middle of winter… except that’s not snow, it’s hail! Roads had to be closed because there were places where hail piled up inches high. Might have been the worst summer hail storm I’ve seen in person.
The final weekend of July was a very special one! It was my friend Matt’s 30th Birthday! S and I drove up to his homestead near the Rocky Mountains in the most ridiculous traffic and bizarre thunder storms. Fortunately the sun was shining by the time we got there.
Matt showed us some great additions he and Chris have made to the homestead like a new porch and a meditation trail they built that leads to a serene platform on a hill over looking the area. I was already obsessed with their property and it’s great to see it evolve each time I visit.
To help prepare for the party the next day, Matt and I wandered around collecting wildflowers to put in mason jars wrapped in twine… #Aesthetic.
The next day everyone was up bright and .. really.. really early to set up for Matt’s birthday. His sweet mom showed up with decorations and 500 side dishes. Chris made fresh herb burgers with parsley and some mint from their greenhouse. It was so wonderful to celebrate that milestone with him and his family.