Friday, June 1, 2012

Beginnings and Endings

May was my joy month, and just blogging about all the joyfullness in my life brought me joy. In case you're wondering, no that wasn't an experiment to see how many times I could use the word joy in once sentence.

In any event, today is June which means I'm done with joy (blogwise) and moving on to fresh pastures.

I love the idea of choosing a monthly theme and sticking to it. Some days it's a stretch to find a post that works and some days life or inspiration cooperates and the posts write themselves with barely any help from my fingers. But choosing a theme for the month of June proved tricky.

I have some great ideas for July and August that, somewhat predictably, revolve around summer. But June in Oregon isn't really put-on-your-bikini-and-eat-popsicles summer weather. In fact, its usually I'm-so-tired-of-wearing-jeans-and-sweatshirts-let's-go-hang-out-in-a-coffee-shop weather. Which is a really long way of saying summer themes didn't feel appropriate yet.

So I thought about what June means to me. It's a month of transition. June weddings, kids getting out of school, packing for camp, summer solstice and end of the third quarter for transactional lawyers. Everything's in flux. Even the weather.

And there you have it. Beginnings and Endings. All the things that are wrapping up in nice neat end-of-year bows or being left in piles to mildew until fall.

We're moving into a new sphere where the days are longer, bedtimes are flexible and ice cream becomes a food group. I know I have a lot of beginnings and endings to talk about. Some are bittersweet, some are pure joyfullness (oops, there's that word again).

Here's hoping each of you will find something relatable in my months of beginnings and endings. And if you tell me about it, maybe, just maybe, I'll figure out what June means to you.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Then here's to the beginning of your new theme!

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Sounds like a great theme. :) Today is the first day of summer vacation here and my kids (even though only one has been in school all year) think we ought to go do something fun to celebrate. So, of course, we are! Hope you have a great summer vacation, too! :)

Carol Kilgore said... cream :)

June is definitely summer in San Antonio. It's the beginning of summer vacation, the end of school. The beginning of dry season where the grass doesn't need to be mowed more than once a week, the end of spring and early summer flowers. It's the beginning of "step one foot outside of air conditioning and you sweat like a pig" and the end of coolish nights.

Anonymous said...

For me, it's the beginning of the end to the beginning. The Girl starts Kindergarten in 10 weeks, so this is time is nearing the end. And then a whole new adventure begins.

Wendy Paine Miller said...

Cheers to this beginning!
~ Wendy

Barbara Watson said...

Ice cream definitely becomes a food group around here. I'm looking forward to reading about your beginnings and endings.

~Sia McKye~ said...

June is a month I enjoy. Still relatively cool--as opposed to sweltering end of July through September. It's seeing the beginnings of the work I've put into the garden, swimming and fishing, family cookouts.

Enjoy your June, Johanna!


Jenny S. Morris said...

This is a perfect theme for me right now. Ah, Oregon June's, they can be tricky. ;0)

The Bookworm said...

I'm looking forward to your posts Johanna. Ahhhh....beginnings and endings is a great one for this month. Summer's in, another school year is over, the kids are getting older.....
These pics make me crave icecream ;)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Beginnings and endings are good.

I recall summers in Oregon didn't really start until almost August. Sometimes July was nice, but it often rained.

Johanna Garth said...

Thanks Alex!

Rachel, of course you should. :)

Carol, I should visit San Antonio because I love hot weather.

Joshua, that is such a bittersweet beginning/ending.

Thanks Wendy.

Barbara, I definitely think it should be :)

Sia, exactly, so much to think about.

Jenny, I knew you would relate!

Lol Naida, finding the pictures made me hungry too!

Diane, usually it's after the 4th of July.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

June is the beginning of my summer vacation and the time when I get to pretend I'm a full time writer.


Jemi Fraser said...

Sounds like it's going to be a fun month! :)

Gail said...

Some rain would bring me great joy. We are frying here.

Chuck said...

Here's to popsicles!! It'll be a hot month here in Texas and those will taste gooood!

Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

June always makes me think of bosoms because my friend's mother was rather busty and her nickname was June. I asked him one day why the heck people called her that. He said because June is the time when things are busting out all over.

Cassie Mae said...

You are so wise, my friend. I love your theme :)

jenny milchman said...

June means...6 more weeks till we hit the road, and come out your way!! No more housekeeping, family all in one contained capsule [that's a good thing], my new draft better be done, a conference first (ThrillerFest in NYC). Excited to read your posts!

Julie Flanders said...

Sounds like an excellent theme! Looking forward to your June posts. :)