Best. July. Ever.*

This month was pretty damn spectacular.  Portland's weather was glorious with beautiful blue skies and enough heat to really make it feel like summer.  And Barry and I took full advantage of it, with lots of great camping, hiking, swimming, reading in the park, and city-strolling.  It hit me yesterday that today is the last day of the month, and I had a momentary freak-out, thinking that summer is coming to and end already.  But wait!  There's still August!  With a trip to Cleveland to visit my family just around the corner and a backpacking trip a couple weeks away, this is shaping up to be the best summer yet.

*I can say with confidence that this has been the best July we've spent in Portland in the six years we've lived here.  At the start of each new month, I've gotten into the habit of reading my blog posts from the same month in previous years.  And looking back on the July posts from the past few years, I've definitely been anxious about summer not feeling like summer - about the summer months floating away before summer weather really arrived.  But that's not been the case this year.  We've had an amazing stretch of good weather and when this summer comes to a close, I'll definitely be able to say that we squeezed every last ounce of goodness out of it.

That being said, I don't know that I can say this has been the best July of my entire life.  When I was little, there was a huge party every July 4th on the street on which I grew up.  Fenwood Road was barricaded at both ends and neighbors mingled in the street.  Families set up chairs on their lawns and hung out with each other all day long.  There was a big pot-luck dinner with hamburgers on the grill.  There were potato sack races with plastic trophy prizes.  There was face painting.  And kids were able to ride their bikes and roller skate down the middle of the street to their hearts' content.  We caught fireflies at night and watched neighbors set off fireworks in their back yards.  I couldn't think of anything more awesome when I was a kid.  The street party was also the setting of my first venture into the jewelry business - one year I set up a stand and sold friendship bracelets there.  So July on Fenwood Road might take the cake, but Portland 2013 is coming in at a close second.


Anonymous said...

WOW Suzy, you've got me pining for those great days
back on Fenwood and the block parties. Lots of fun!
The day always went by so fast and I remember some
thunderstorms...it was great seeing all you kids running
free in the street and those burnt hot dogs were SUPER!
See you this weekend...can't wait, love Dad

Cheryl Arkison said...

You can hear the joy in these recent posts. It's awesome. And amazing what some sunshine can do for a person!

Anonymous said...

I wish I could have bought a friendship bracelet from your stand! Sounds awesome.

You've been in Portland for 6 years?!?! How is that possible? It seems like you just moved there and were debating the big life change 3 or 4 years ago!