Friday, 29 July 2011

rain down lemons

When life gives me lemons, I look to my kids for inspiration. For the wisdom to dance in the rain.

catching raindrops on her tongue
 - the rain has FINALLY come!

The above photo was taken in Cinque Terre, Italy, in the spring of 2010. Our hopes of hiking from charming seaside village to village were dashed with relentless rain that lasted most of the day. We were sopping wet, waiting at the train station to go back to our house. And the adults in the bunch were more than a little disappointed. But Eden found such joy, even while soaked, in catching the raindrops in her mouth and dancing around. She knew the secret of dancing in the rain.

"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. . . 
it is about learning to dance in the rain."  
~ Author unknown

Speaking of lemons, here's a great lemonade recipe:

Sun Tea (part 1)

3 black tea bags
1 mint tea bag
large glass bowl or jar
8-10 cups of water

1. Pour water into glass bowl/jar.
2. Drop in tea bags.
3. Cover.
4. Place in the sun for at least 3 hours until golden reddish-brown in colour.

Lemonade (part 2)

2 lemons, sliced
1 orange, sliced
3/4 cup sugar

1. Slice lemons and orange.
2. Place in large juice pitcher.
3. Scoop out sugar and pour over fruit.
4. Mash together until syrupy.
5. Add ice cubes.
6. Fill jug with water.
7. Refrigerate until sun tea is ready.

Refreshment time (part 3)

1. Add 1/4 cup sugar to sun tea. Stir until dissolved.
2. Pour equal parts sun tea and lemonade into a glass.
3. Add a few ice cubes and fresh mint. Enjoy!

One of my favourite songs right now is "Storm Comin'" by The Wailin' Jennys. There is no interesting video to watch here, just the music to listen to:

storm coming across Lake Nipissing

Happy weekend! We're off to camp (where my husband and I met and worked as counselors) for a long weekend. I'll be back here on Wednesday, August (!) 3rd, all going well. May you embrace the storms (and sun) that come your way.


  1. Hey Rebecca! Served this lemonade recipe at a family gathering this past weekend. It was a big hit! Thanks!

  2. Yay! Thanks for letting me know.