In normal years I imagine summer to be filled with gin and tonics on the front porch, fresh corn on the cob grilled in their husks alongside simply seasoned steaks, grilled sardines paired perfectly with a bottle of chilled rosé… the list goes on. If this were a normal year those items–and many more–would have been on my summer list. The problem with moving is that typical routines get shaken up and it can take a while for all the pieces to fall back into place. For example, this year’s summer list never got finalized, meaning that if something was to happen, it would in a spontaneous fashion. Though we didn’t manage to host our annual rib fest this year, and though we’ve yet to properly break in our new front porch, this has still been a special summer, and one we’re sure to remember for a long time. Here are some of the highlights.
Introducing my dad to the beauty of Walla Walla during a family wine-tasting weekend in June
A trip to Kauai, which served as a much-needed transition for my husband and me from the structure and demands of the academic year to a summer that ended up feeling even busier
The annual zucchini blossom and anchovy pizza, a re-creation of a pizza we ate at Forno in Rome’s Campo de’ Fiori during our honeymoon
…to the first pie rolled out and baked on that same island a few weeks later when we officially “broke in” our new kitchen
Watching my cat, Max, scared and traumatized by the move, adjust and become comfortable in his new home
An inaugural meal at our new dining room table, which was a gift from my in-laws
Those just scratch the surface of the memories created this summer. I’ll never forget my parents’ generous gift of time and work as they spent countless hours painting at our new house or the weekly dates my husband and I spent at our favorite French cafe in Seattle. The forecast suggests continued warm weather into late September, so hopefully there will still be opportunities for afternoon drinks on the front porch and maybe even some candlelit dinners outside. But regardless of what we manage to fit in during the next few weeks, it’s been a good summer. And autumn is always full of its own delights to anticipate.