Jest Because it’s June! June! June!

Jest Because it’s June! June! June! 

Posted: 10:25 am Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

By Staff Writer



Does this month, that word, cause Rodgers and Hammerstein music to run through your head, or is it just me? Wait, don’t answer that. It’s just me, right? That’s the result of growing up in my family; my dad taught us, through example, that there’s a song lyric to fit every occasion! We’re quirky like that!

D and horseWell, June IS bustin’ out all over! We seem to have skipped spring and gone right to summer here at the farm. All over the meadow and the hills, buds came bustin’ outa bushes months ago, roses have bloomed out and are on the second, less showy, but still stunning wave of blossoms. The rompin’ rivers aren’t quite as rompin’ as they usually are, due to less rain and early snow melt in the mountains… but glorious? Oh yes!

Memorial Day weekend, the “unofficial” kick-off of summer, was more like the middle of it for my family. I took my horse, Shadow, and Delilah Jr.’s pony, Romeo, to the coast with a bunch of the kids, my sis, and good friend Wendi to spend the holiday.

We had a little rain, it’s the coast after all, but we had A LOT of sun! D Jr. and I rode and rode and rode along the sandy shore… there was chatter, and games, coloring book competitions, good cooking (clam chowder with clams dug just the week before!) camp fires, sunset watching, star gazing, and dancing.

Nothing quite as riotous as watching your 50-something, coordination-adverse sister try desperately to nail the Watch Me Whip, Watch me Nae Nae dance moves, as taught by your 13-year old daughter and granddaughter. Both June and she were bustin’ out all over, I was just afraid she would busta a hip! Hysterical!

DJR on horseBut here was the best part of the weekend. Sunday afternoon, I went into my bedroom to “take a nap.” I stayed in there for a few hours getting some work done on my computer and LISTENING. I listened to the conversations among my kids; Delilah Jr.’s commentary on her own coloring skills, Angel’s insistence that the boy she is suddenly dating, is “just and accident,” Bridget’s dry, snarky comments that elicit peals of laughter, the boys mock-shock at the girls attitudes towards, what else, boys…

I love, love, love, listening to these kids, aging in 7 – 27, and their perspective on life, love, jobs, money, what constitutes “success.” I love, love, love, listening to their different styles of humor and how they bounce off one another, and the rich, beautiful tones of their laughter. I love, love, love, that they have real, deep, and meaningful relationships with each other. And I love, love, love eaves-dropping. As a mother, I’m a professional.

Yes, summer is here. It’s here for all-too-long and all-too-short. I’ll be ready for everyone to head back to school in the fall, but will miss them when they go. Right now I’m just looking forward to eavesdropping a lot more. I encourage you to do the same. NOT to try to catch them at or in something suspect or inappropriate, NO! For just the opposite reason. To catch them in the act of being themselves. That amazing, smart, witty, introspective, sassy, kind person you know them to be and love them for.

Makes me want to hug the bejeepers outa them! Jest because it’s June! June! June!

Humble & Kind
Tim McGraw

Humble & KindTim McGraw’s written reminder to stay Humble and Kind, is my June book club selection!

This hard-back book is based, of course, on his hit single of the same name.

It’s a beautiful keepsake, with song lyrics matched to perfect illustrations, absolutely stinkin’ perfect for the graduate, Father’s Day, a child, a grandchild, or anyone who needs some positive, uplifting, and inspirational advice about how to treat the world.

Favorite line? “Bitterness will keep you from flyin’, always be humble and kind!

You’ll read in the introduction about how the song holds a special place in his heart as he and Faith prepare to send the oldest of their beautiful girls out into the world following her college graduation.

How I can relate!

There is also a moving epilogue, written by award-winning songwriter, Lori McKenna, who penned the lyrics to Humble and Kind.

Tim is donating the proceeds from the book to charity, which makes me love him even more! (As if that’s even possible!)

Pick up your copy, and as many as you need for perfect gift-giving through my web site, HERE.

Train – Led Zepplin II

Oooooh Yeaaaaaah!

Train CDOn June 3, a very special album will go on sale. Grammy-winning band, Train, a Delilah show favorite, plays tribute to one of their greatest musical influences with a release of their cover album, Led Zeppelin II.

The 9-track album follows the original Led Zeppelin II track listing including classic hit songs such as “Ramble On” and “Whole Lotta Love.” The release will available on CD, limited edition vinyl, digital download and all streaming services.

The decision to do a Led Zeppelin cover album took shape when the band recently performed the complete Led Zeppelin II album on this year’s annual Sail Across the Sun cruise.

Our favorite band is Led Zeppelin, we love the band, they made a huge impression on our lives musically. So I thought, why don’t we record an album just for the fun of it for our fans,” said lead singer Pat Monahan. “The hard part was deciding which one.

Proceeds from the album, which was mainly “just for fun” will benefit Family House, in San Fransisco, which serves as a home-away-from-home for families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses by providing physical comfort and emotional support, free from financial concerns.

Not only can I get behind the band and the music, I can certainly get behind this!!!

Catch Train performing some of the album tracks on Howard Stern, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! and at other special shows all summer, including Mountain Jam! And, catch your copy of Train’s, Led Zeppelin II, HERE!

June is bustin’ out all over!
All over the meadow and the hill!
Buds’re bustin’ outa bushes
And the rompin’ river pushes
Ev’ry little wheel that wheels beside the mill!

June is bustin’ out all over!
The feelin’ is gettin’ so intense
That the young Virginia creepers
Hev been huggin’ the bejeepers
Outa all the mornin’-glories on the fence.

Because it’s June!
June, June, June
Jest because it’s June, June, June!

~ Rodgers and Hammerstein

It’s June, my friends. Summer. Sun, fun and family! Enjoy every stinkin’ minute of it, every stinkin’ day! All too soon, I’ll be writing about autumn and the glories it brings, but let’s not rush things…

The days are longer, the evenings warmer. I hope there is a porch, or a patio, or a patch of lawn, dirt, or roof-top you can get to so that you may gaze at the stars and think about the infinite possibilities of your life from this day forward.

I hope that you can eavesdrop a little and remember why you love your kids, your partner, your friends… not in spite of, but because, they are just who they are.

Dream. Plan. Dance. Act. Be Humble. Be Kind. Love Someone!

~ Delilah