Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Living’s Easy

Summertime, time, time,
Child, the living's easy.

Janis Joplin

Summertime - Janis Joplin

This week has been full of activities with visits by various family members. Our son-in-law cooked for us one night. He made Chicken Piccata, fresh green beans, and homemade rolls while my husband and my brother-in-law Jim served as sous-chefs de cuisine.

While the men cooked, Lindsay (my daughter), Connie (my sister), and I contributed by engaging in pool quality control efforts, an activity much enhanced by the fresh strawberry daiquiris Jim made for us.

Here’s Philip’s recipe. This was very delicious.

Photo by Dub Scroggin

Since all of our family love anything related to astronomy, I made reservations for us to visit Kitt Peak National Observatory. This was a night program which gave us an opportunity to tour all the different telescope housings as well as look through various telescopes. Amongst the awesome things we saw were a ring nebula, Saturn and even the shadow of a ring on its surface, and (since it was almost full moon) the surface of the moon. Each of us was issued special night-time binoculars, a tiny red-light flashlight, and specific planispheres for our latitude here and taught how to use them.

If you visit Tucson, try to do this activity. It’s a very long program, but they give you a box dinner and you will love this experience. You have to make reservations at least 2 to 4 weeks ahead of time.

Another family group arrives this morning. My husband and I are taking some of our grandchildren to the Tucson Children’s Museum this afternoon.


Kristie said...

You are the hostess with the mostess, June--so busy! But I'm glad you're having fun, and that the pool quality is in good shape!

Alice Regan said...

Oh Junie-Moon! You look like you are having way too much fun! Oh, wait can't have too much fun! The pool activities sound devine and you guys look way too cute in that swimming pool! Don't ya just love summer?

rohanknitter said...

That recipe sounds delicious, as do drinks in the pool!! What a great observatory program, that would be facsinating.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

That pool looks so refreshing, and your daugher is so beautiful, June.

Strawbwerry daiquiris ... so delish! :-) Chicken Piccata too!

The observatory tour looks so interesting, and what wonderful celestial things you viewed!

Have fun with the grankids this afternoon! Stay cool!

Hugs, Pat

meg said...

What a great idea~ star-gazing is the perfect summer activity :-)

Thimbleanna said...

Wow June -- I'd love to go to the observatory. I so envy you, living there with the clear skies among the stars. Thanks for the recipe -- it looks great!

Me and Him said...

Sounds like a wonderful time.

Judy said...

It sounds like you are having a busy but wonderful time. Enjoy!! The chicken and the drinks sound fantastic.

CathyJean said...

How wonderful to have family visits!! Enjoy every minute of them!

Gumbo Lily said...

Your summertime is lookin' good!