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Well the rain has come to a screeching halt and the temperatures are running close to 10 degrees above normal for June…and we were having such a nice spring.

So to keep those flowers and veggies looking good, it means getting out the hoses and water, water, water. One of my most hated chores!

Gorgeous petunias in Oklahoma

But that was offset by a cruise on the Segress’s boat for Monday evening cocktail hour.

Yep, martini in hand and some snacks…awesome!

So Monday, the first Solstice of the year began at 22:34 UTC.

The word Solstice somes from the Latin words sol, for sun, and sistere, meaning to stand still.

Also known as the Summer Solstice in the northern hemisphere, it is when the sun is at its most northern point and seems to stand still directly over the Tropic of Cancer.

Depending on what time zone you are in, it will occur on June 20th, 21st, or 22nd.

However, a June 22 Solstice is very rare. The last one was 1975 and there won’t be another until 2203.

Although scientists and astronomers consider the June Solstice as the first day of summer, meteorologists consider June 1st as the first day of summer.

Cooler chilled Martini at Grand Lake

The Winter Solstice, which is around December 21st, is the other one that occurs each year when the sun is at its most southern point, directly over the Tropic of Capricorn.

It is considered the first day of winter and is the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.

So there is our science lesson this week.

All I can say is it is summertime at Grand Lake and we are having a good time!

Whether taking a boat ride on the lake or hanging out in the garden with the birds and bees, we are living the Grand life!!

Oh, and all that hanging out in the garden is producing some great veggies at The Saturday Morning Market.

So come and shop with us, you will love it! Enjoy the Earth!