Thursday, August 7, 2014

6 things you're going to miss about summer

. . . wait! Is summer over!?!?

Oh that's right it is for many kids and parents who live in the south. Rumor has it our northern and western friends got the memo about proper school schedules -- School begins the day after Labor Day and ends before Memorial Day -- really it's not that hard, people.

Anyway summer's not over for me yet, since my daughter's a college graduate and my son is in college (Not my circus. Not my monkeys, anymore!)

But I’ll be nice and play along anyway.

1.   Swimming at the outdoor pool. I enjoy swimming for exercise, with this proviso, only if I get the reward of lounging in the sun reading my book afterwards. Hence, indoor pools are not my faves.

2.   When in doubt, grilled hotdogs are a perfectly acceptable dinner. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for boiled or microwaved (at least not in my house).

3.   Flipflops. I really need there to be a winter version of this shoe. Clogs are a pretty good substitute, but they require socks, and remembering to put on socks AND shoes is an awful lot of responsibility.

4.   Walking out the door with only my purse. I know, I know, I shouldn’t complain about having to put on a coat. After all I don’t have to wrangle children who seem to function like octopi in this arena. Still it is nice to just grab the bag (and slip on the flipflops) as I head to the car.

5.   Fresh tomatoes. There is simply nothing as wonderful as a real tomato. Grown in the open air, on a vine until it is ripe. A fresh tomato is the greatest of summer’s gifts!

6.   Late sunsets. I LOVE having the sun with me until 8:00 at night. I like evening walks, and the lovely evening light that continues in the through windows after dinner. I like getting sleepy even though it’s still light outside and know that it’s okay. I really don’t want to go back to 4:30 sunsets.

So there they are. The 6 things I’ll miss about summer. The good news from my house is that I’ve still got several more weeks of summer to enjoy (as God intended!).

(We’re heading out for summer vacation on Saturday, so if it’s quiet here for a bit don’t panic. I’ll be back!)

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  1. I put my grill on the porch and grill my hotdogs in the snow. I cannot do a boiled or microwaved hotdog!

    We live in the South and school started today. It's insane!

  2. I too find putting on a coat a pain--especially for driving. And fresh tomatoes? YES. I desperately tried to keep one of my potted tomatoes going indoors last fall. No good.~May

  3. Mmmmm, those are all wonderful summer moments! I hate to see them go to. I still have monkeys, but we have a few weeks left before school starts. I'll try to enjoy it while it lasts!

  4. You're right about the tomatos. And I forgot I like the late setting sun, too.

  5. You are absolutely right - grilled hot dogs are a perfect summer dinner. Perfect. We like ours with macaroni salad on the side. And there is absolutely nothing like a fresh summer tomato.
    Enjoy your vacation!


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