Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Summer breeze in Minnesota August 27, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Audrey Kletscher Helbling @ 7:52 AM
A table setting that speaks to summer breezes at a southeastern Minnesota lake cabin.

A table setting that speaks to summer breezes at a southeastern Minnesota lake cabin.

A bouquet of gladiolus.

A bouquet of home-grown gladiolus Debbie created for the serving area.

At the risk of sounding, oh, so Minnesotan, I’m going to write about the weather, a perennial topic here in the north land.

Except for the lack of rain early on, hasn’t this just been the most perfect summer? Few, if any, mosquitoes, primarily humidity-free, cool days and good sleeping weather make this a summer to remember.

It’s been ideal for picnics and potlucks and campfires, for gatherings with family and friends.

Just last week my bible study group met at a Cedar Lake cabin near Faribault for a potluck and farewell honoring our friends Mark and Sonia.

Debbie and John, who co-own the cabin with family, invited us. And the instant I saw the summery table Debbie had set for us on the porch, I thought of Seals and Crofts’ hit song from the early 1970s, Summer Breeze:

“See the smile a-waitin’ in the kitchen, food cookin’ and the plates for two.
See the arms that reach out to hold me, in the evening when the day is through.
Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind.
Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind.”

Now I’m uncertain as to the entire meaning of the lyrics, but Summer Breeze always has been one of my favorite oldies.

I didn’t share my thoughts with Debbie as she finished final meal preparations, but I gushed over her decorating style. Debbie, who has worked as a floral designer and interior decorator, possesses a flair for pulling everything together. I mean, she made paper plates and plastic cups look like fine china in the summery table she set for eight, nine with her husband, John, the grill master.

Debbie created a beautiful table setting using her favorite color, green, mixing and matching with pinks and yellows.

Debbie created a beautiful table setting using her favorite color, green, mixing and matching with pinks and yellows in paper products and flowers.

© Copyright 2009 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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