I blew off most to-do’s yesterday, went for a walk by the ocean, lay on the deck in sun-and-clouds, finished one book and started another.
When I got too hot I came in and flopped on the cool leather couch, reading, listening to my daughter mow the lawn, and smelling the good smell of just-mown grass.
My husband was back from a three-day trip to the tropical latitudes by afternoon.
After he enjoyed some yardwork in the beautifully balmy weather, we indulged in from-the-garden strawberry daiquiris, two 1 and 1/2 lb. lobsters, sourdough rolls and salad.
I bought the lobsters for a pretty penny at Al’s Seafood, on Route 1.
I wondered something for the first time. “Are the lobsters in salt water? Where do you get it?”
The guy behind the counter said it was seawater. He had just gone a few miles east that morning with his truck to pump some more from our local waters.
“That’s why these lobsters are so feisty,” he said. “At grocery stores, they make their own salt water, and the lobsters are sluggish.”
As he lifted the net and the lobsters tussled, my t-shirt got splashed with fresh lobstery seawater.
An hour after dinner, in twilight, we drove to the beach for ice cream. I said, “I like how the darkness comes out from under the trees instead of the sky in summer.”
At the beach, flags were starched by an east wind– the kind of salty breeze that gives you, with a mild sunburn, a special sort of feverish chill at the end of a summer day.
We stood by the seawall and I said, “Brr! Let’s get back in the car and eat these.”
My husband said, “It’s summer in New England and it’s cold and we’re enjoying it, damn it!”
And the guy sitting on the wall near us with his wife, shivering, eating ice cream, raised a fist and said, “Yeah!”
. . .
I thought we had a lot of ice cream flavors around here. Here’s a place in Venezuela: 831 ice cream flavors – and more to come.
Summer reading: The Secret Life of Lobsters and the Lobster Blog.
My frozen strawberry daiquiris for two
12 ice cubes
14 fresh garden strawberries
3 shots of Mount Gay
squeeze of lime
Blend until slushy. Drink!