“Curiosity may have killed the cat, but I’ll bet she had a really interesting life until then.”

— Charles De Lint,

“Spirits in the Wires”

By Candace Cooksey Fulton — Brownwood Bulletin

By jove, I think we’ve done it. We’ve let ourselves slip into a summer routine.

It’s August now — the fourth day of — and with the delay of school start dates by two weeks, we can (kind of sort of maybe a little bit) pretend that indeed summer might just last forever, and for as long as it does, we’ll keep on with the same-old, same-old.

Do heed this advice, however. The cantaloupes, peaches and watermelons will never be so good and sweet as they are in August. Breakfast, lunch or supper can be a little celebration of time and taste that in the grand scheme of things won’t seem like so much, but for the moment can matter. Seize the moment is all we’re trying to say. But, by the way, the farmer’s markets are going on this very morning in downtown Bangs and downtown Brownwood. Talk about fresh and available …

You know, don’t you, that if you let your mind go on cruise control through the days, and then the weeks, you’ll wake up with the rest of us and it will be September.

No, of course we’re not saying that September doesn’t have its own specialties. We’re saying August is a fine time in its own right and needs to be appreciated in the present, not remembered regretfully after the fact.

Recycle, recycle, recycle

Keep Brownwood Beautiful and the City of Brownwood will be hosting the in-town recycling trailer under the Austin Avenue Overpass at Avenue A and Brady from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Recycle your glass, cardboard, newspaper, aluminum, tin cans, plastic soda/water bottles and milk jugs. All items must be clean, and please, remove the tops from the bottles and jugs.

‘Defy conformity’

The Girl Scouts — Heart of Texas Council is hosting the first of three special workshops, this one encouraging girls age 8 to 17 to “Defy Conformity.” Participants can learn about yoga to help relax and also enjoy experimenting with new hairstyles and general makeovers. Girl Scout membership is not required to participate. The event is from 10 a.m. until noon at the council office, 1200 Ave. D.

Next week’s workshop — same time, same place, same station — will be “Defy the Ordinary.” Participants can learn about Tai-Chi and also enjoy making accessories for school clothes, or maybe their rooms or lockers.

And the Aug. 18 workshop will be called “Manners & Macaroni.” That event will be a lunch and table etiquette learning event. Same place, but the time has not been confirmed. Contact Lynda Glenn 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at 646-1516.

Have a hamburger

Or, if you prefer a hot dog. The Emanuel Chapel United Methodist Church at 711 Bailey St. (corner of Beaver and Bailey) is having an eat-lunch with us fund-raiser from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. And if you’d like, you can place an Angel Food order then and there.

Farmers’ markets

The Brownwood Area Farmers Market, sponsored this year by Downtown Brownwood Inc., is open from 7 a.m. to sellout today in the 500 block of Brown Street, in the lot between Adams and Chandler. The city of Bangs is hosting a local farmers’ market, free to vendors, in the open area of downtown on Kyle Street this morning.

Various and sundry

The Lake Brownwood Lions Club, 6751 Highway 279, will host a dance from 6 to 10 p.m., featuring the music of George Allison and Friends. A snack bar will be open. No alcohol is allowed. Cost is $4 per person. The Brown County Museum of History, located downtown in the old jail across from the courthouse, is open to the public every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For group tours and information call 641-1926. Every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Bangs residents can dump excessive trash in the roll-off container at the water plant on North 3rd street. Water bill will be required to show proof of residency. New Way Narcotics Anonymous meets daily at 8 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. at 602 W. Commerce. For more information call 646-7777. The Lake Brownwood Lions Club, 6751 Highway 279, will host bingo at 1:30 p.m.