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A Tale of a Tree

Jillian here. It’s June already. Can you believe it? Time is going fast this year even with a lot of places locked down and folks staying home. You’d think that would mean time has slowed,  but it seems like every time I turn around, it’s Thursday again.

June in my backyard means it’s hurricane season. There were two named tropical storms before June 1st which sometimes happens. The third storm, Christobal, hit the Louisiana and Mississipi coast this past weekend. We got some wind, rain and storm surge because of it. We’re about 2 hours from the Louisiana line and 1.3 from Mississippi, so when the storms hit there, we usually get some of it and vice versa.

We have this tree at the office that got struck by lightning a number of years ago in the middle and you can still see the stump of it inside. The cool thing is that the rest of the tree lived and thrived. I think I’ve blogged about it before here. It means a lot to me that this tree defied the odds and kept on going. It seems like our lives are that way. We get hit by bolts—sadness, illness, death of loved ones—yet we keep going. Our core may be hurting, but we keep blooming. Each time I look out my office window, I see that tree and think about it. I watched that lightning strike and worried about the tree, but it didn’t need my worry, it thrived without it.

Tropical storm Christobal did some damage to my little tree, but it’s still standing. We’ll clear away the debris and leave that lightning-struck core (Picture 4) and new growth as another reminder that when life’s storms come, we can weather them. Maybe not in a pretty way,  but weather them we shall.
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Summer Recipe

It’s close on to summer now and we’re already having those super hot days here. Afternoon thunderstorms are almost a daily occurrence here too. A lot of sun, a little rain, lightning and thunder make up the days of summer here in Florida. We also have entered, as of June 1, hurricane season.

For those hot days, here’s a summer cooler:

ingredients:

6 lemons
2 quarts of water
sugar to taste- I start with 1/2 cup and test it for tartness- (or you can use Splenda or other substitute)
1 pint of strawberries (de-headed and cut into chunks)

directions:Lemon

Squeeze the juice from the lemons and add to the 2 quarts of water. Add the sugar and after cutting up the strawberries, add the chunks to the mix. You’ll have a lovely strawberry lemonade and the flavors will mix nicely and when you finish your drink, you’ll have some sweet strawberries to munch on. images

variation:

Add the juice of 4 limes for a twist
OR add your favorite liquor for a bit of a kick.

Enjoy your June!