Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday Grind: Take 6

Hello lovely people of the internet, and Haaaaappy Monday!

I think it's okay to say that it is now officially halfway through summer. It's a rather sad thought, in many ways, but Sharpies, morning coffee runs and droning lectures have their place too, and it's now 24 days until I move and start my new school. Yay. Until then, it's still summer, and I'm trying to take advantage of that fact. I have a list of things I still want to do and places I want to go before the summer is over, but that's another post entirely. 

Anyway, yesterday it reached 104º, so what does that mean? We went to the lake! 

Lake Berryessa is a man-made lake about an hour and a half from my home. It's not my favorite lake, but it's great that it is so close, and therefore perfect for weekend day trips. My mother and I picked up some things from Trader Joe's (love that store) and spent the remainder of the morning putting together a picnic. 

My siblings swam, and we rocked out to the music blasting about 100 yards away (how loud was it in their boat?) We went on a lovely ride, anchored in a sunny cove and ate hummus and celery and salami and cheese while soaking up the sun. 

I can't stop taking panos this summer; they just capture the whole effect of the scene so much better than a regular photo.

The water was 86º so it was perfect for those of us who have a hard time fitting a bath into our schedules...

We know how to pack a picnic. 

Red Bell Pepper Hummus, Parmesan Pita Chips, Dubliner cheese, fresh salami= the perfect summer antipasti. 

I love being on the water, and I have a feeling there won't be very many opportunities for trips like these during the winter months (especially being in North Dakota) so I'm enjoying making some memories while there is still some summer left. 

What are some of your favorite summer pastimes? Do you have a list of things you still want to do before the summer's end? Let me know! I'd love to hear from you. 

All the best, 

♥︎ Greta Elise


  1. This looks so enjoyable, that panoramic pic is beautiful. Also, I have those plates! Haha
    One of my favorite pastimes during summer is going to the farmers market and then the beach afterward. :)