TGIF | Hello June.

from this morning’s walk – and yes, it smelled wonderful!

Hello June! I know we’re a week into this month already, but it is the first Friday … which means a special list:

Traveling … to New York City – with Marc! – next weekend.  It’s been ten years since Katie graduated college and we officially had “kids who’d moved away”. Katie lived in NYC and then LA before moving back to Atlanta in 2012. Sara moved to Madison in 2014 and NYC in 2017. This will be my umpteenth trip to visit one of them. and Marc’s first. (although it will be my first time visiting and staying in a hotel 😉 ). I’m looking forward to sharing one of my favorite cities with Marc (we last visited together in the summer of 1982 – Marc had a summer internship near Grand Central Station – and I don’t think that counts). and of course seeing Sara.

Giving … myself permission to slow down. let go. leave things undone. miss out. change my mind.

Inviting … more Centering Prayer. Our women’s ministry is hosting a retreat at the end of June; the program is about Centering Prayer. We are fortunate that one of our member’s daughter is a pastor (at a church in North Carolina) who has fostered a Centering Prayer community at her church (and Reverend Crowe just completed her doctorate in Spirituality Practices) and has offered to lead the program. My Friday morning group is hoping we can leverage that retreat to start up a Centering Prayer community at our church. I’m also participating in an on-line course and there are Zoom meetings on Tuesdays where we’ll practice together. The first meeting is next week and I’m really excited to experience it.

Fun … it’s been a while since I shared a cocktail … mostly because it’s been a while since I felt creative enough to make something new. But my sister was over on Wednesday and I was determined to make do with ingredients on hand. half a container of blueberries. a bunch of limes. lemon-lime seltzer. and gin (of course). I mixed up a double batch of the recipe below and she approved. So here you go!

Blueberry Collins

a small handful of blueberries
half a lime, juiced (about 1/2 oz)
a tiny drizzle of agave (or simple syrup) – totally optional – I like it better without (although, see Notes)
2 oz. gin
lemon lime seltzer

Add the blueberries, lime juice, agave and a scoop of ice to a shaker. Shake vigorously – the idea is to break up the blueberries – for about 20 seconds. Add the gin and shake gently to mix. Pour the contents into a highball glass and top with seltzer.


  • A little mint would be a fabulous addition (but I had no mint). I’d add it with the blueberries and lime juice so it got really muddled. Or I might just make a slightly sweet mint simple syrup (maybe 1:3 ratio?) to use in place of the mint and agave and call it good!
  • Any berries would work (but no need to shake vigorously for so long with raspberries or blackberries) – and maybe even a few chunks of a really ripe peach.
  • I also want to try swapping out the lemon lime seltzer for other flavors. I have a mixed berry in the pantry and that might be really fun with peach.
  • I could even see cutting back on the gin to just 1 oz. and topping with prosecco instead of seltzer


Cheers to the weekend. to June. and to you!

10 thoughts on “TGIF | Hello June.

  1. Ooo! A new to me gin! That cocktail looks delicious. And, I pondered that online centering prayer workshop, but I had multiple conflicts with the Zoom meetings. I am eager to hear your thoughts on it!

    Have a great weekend and an even better trip to NYC!

  2. The bottle the gin is in is beautiful. That blue is gorgeous with the sunlight shining through it.

  3. I think you and Marc are going to have a fabulous time in NYC! And hooray for June, my favorite of all the months!

  4. Have fun in the City! Bill and I have been there on our own and we just walked and walked and walked. That course looks very inviting. Would love to hear more.

  5. Poor Marc! I’m focused on how this will be his first trip to visit a kid who moved away, but I’m glad he’s finally going. I may try that cocktail tonight, except substitute vodka for gin, which I guess is really a v&t with blueberries. The antioxidants will be good for me! 🙂

  6. Back when I could handle my alcohol more, my favorite drink was a gin and tonic. This sounds delicious!

  7. Your “Giving” part of TGIF is my main focus at the moment. I will get through June with this as my guide. I am always envious of anyone who is heading to NYC. Marc will enjoy having you to take him to the best of NYC highlights. For a few more weeks I am staying away from alcohol, but I think Collins sounds like a perfect patio cocktail. You always come through with great cocktail ideas! xo

  8. I LOVE NYC! you are going to have so much fun together 🙂 I bet it will be more fun with him. I’ve worked really hard this weekend to scale back the wasted time to do what makes me happy, I did a great job!

  9. That Blueberry Collins sounds perfect (even on a grey, rainy day!). Hope you had a wonderful weekend Mary – you’ll be in NYC in just a few days!!

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