Monday, May 24, 2010

It's Summer When...

Around here, it's officially Summer when:

* The littles require a bath every blasted night (we're not nightly kid bathers in the cool months - so sue us).

* The tub requires a cleaning after the nightly Kid baths. (Almost seems easier to let 'em sleep off some of that grime...)

* I come home from the grocery store with 3 kinds of berries - all on sale - and a watermelon.

* I contemplate fruit salad and ice cream for dinner.

* My feet are flip-flop-achy and my fingernails are woebegotten.

* My Sweet Petunia falls into a stone-cold sleep coming home from the grocery store, at 10:30 a.m. (These long days are catching up with us...)

* My wedding ring doesn't freely slide around to the back side of my finger. Between the sweat and the grime and the puffery, it's not going anywhere.

* We get 2 more hours of outside work done after the kids are in bed.

* The glaringly obvious age spot on my nose rears its ugly head.

* My flower obsession kicks into full-throttle.

* We forget we own a t.v.

* The thought of folding laundry - touching anything remotely warm - makes me sweat.

* I make my first jug of sun tea.

* Calvin commences the wearing of a sweat-band all the livelong day. (You'll never meet a sweatier boy.)

* This passes by every morning, around 10:00.

* The shy first-glow of a flip-flop tan line emerges.

I have a Summertime crush on Summer. I don't even mind the 90 degree temps with the no AC. Please, Summer, be yourself this year. There's no need to play it cool, like last year. Give us your best. We can take it.

50 comments:

  1. A traveling flower cart passes by your house every day? Oh the temptation that would pose!
    Have I ever told you I have your same mudroom sink? Mine is in the barn though, not filled with pretty flowers.
    I just cut up my first watermelon tonight. It was pretty good...not great, but pretty good. Maybe the fact that it's 38 degrees and pouring buckets is affecting the flavor. Have I mentioned how awful our weather has been? Yes? Several times you say?

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  2. that last photo reminds me of the traveling performers from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang...please tell me you know what I am talking about!!

    Happy Summer~

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  3. You rock my socks off. I just finished crying over my post, then I hop over here and it's like jumping into a refreshing lake, eating an ice cream cone, a watermelon, getting a tan and playing in the garden all at once.
    How come you're getting the fun posts while I end up with the somber ones?
    Right now an owl or something is screetching and it sounds like a person saying "SHHH!"...I need to go to bed, I'm creeping myself out.

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  4. I love sitting on the back porch after the kids are in bed with a cup o tea in the warm summer breeze ~ *sigh* we have rain in the forecast all week *bigger sigh*

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  5. If you ever get too much of the 90 degrees send some over the big ocean to Europe... We're still waiting for summer to kick in...

    Happy Tuesday

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  6. i love your list and your little gal on that water works in your garden....i just have a question...being an aussie mum living in england... i am yet to come up with a jug of *suntea* !?!?
    could you add that into your next post for me...i'm pleading as it just sounds like heaven...
    big thanks :)

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  7. Hooray for summer!! I need to get a new suntea jug this year. My big pickle jar is MIA. I love this time of year in Indiana.

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  8. you have such a gift girlie
    making the ordinary spectaculer, you just do!
    i love it

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  9. What a great picture of your Sweetie Petunia on the slip & slide! And I agree with Paige's comment, "you make the ordinary spectacular"!

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  10. Hi
    You are an amazing writer!
    Goody luck.
    Bye

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  11. Summertime for me is suppers of strawberry shortcake with milk on top...and nothing else.

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  12. AmEn!!aMeN!!! Please hot weather give it to us!!

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  13. Bring it! I am not crazy over the humidity in July/August but every thing else is dreamy.
    my little man is also super sweaty and the every night bath has commenced in our house as well. They do sleep better though!
    Happy summer crush!

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  14. what a great life you have! I want waffles with berries after reading this post! Lori

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  15. Yes, please include a description of sun tea in your next post. Sounds delightful!

    I had NO idea what that picture was until another comment mentioned a flower cart. Is it really? Does such a thing exist?

    It'll be summer here soon... we are slow to catch up in the season department.

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  16. Couldn't agree with you more! The taste of summer is such a blessing! Happy planting!

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  17. You have an age spot on your nose! I'm going to check that out sometime. Is it wrong to make me a little happy to know I'm not alone? The one on my right temple bugs the heck out of me. 34, the year I officially became old in all ways.

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  18. I also crush on summer! <3 it so much. Your pics are making me get up off my comfy deck chair and go fruit shopping.... now. Love the pic of that sweet baby girl.She really knows a good time.Yes, the recipe would be great.Really a flower cart? AHH the good life. <3

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  19. lol! Jack too is the sweatiest little boy you'll ever meet...I often wonder if b/c, since it doesn't get as hot in Korea as it does in Texas, his body is not prepared to handle the heat...I'm hoping as he gets older it'll get better...gonna go buy him a sweat band now!

    Thanks as always for your beautiful writing and pictures, what a great shot on the slip and slide!

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  20. Oh, I LOVE summer too! Our kids do not get nightly bats either, except during summer!

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  21. The first two made me laugh because we say the same thing in our house. You know summer's coming when the kiddos get a bath every night and then the bathtub gets a bath too. :) Great minds, I tell ya!
    Summer is refusing to show up here in Idaho. It's been far below normal for far too long. There was new snow in the foothills on Sunday! It's highly unusual. We're trying to still pretend it's hot outside but I can't wait for our sizzling days to be here! Enjoy yours a little extra for us!

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  22. bring on the summer! sounds so good!

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  23. This is too funny b/c it's the same in my house - baths every night then wash out the tub from their filthiness! Except my poor Aubrie is the sweaty one - why isn't it her brother? She's doomed to be the "sweaty" girl for life!!

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  24. I'm with you sister. Or at least I would be if we had shade trees. It won't be long though. Loving your list. The only thing I can see that you left off is Lemonade.

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  25. Summer, although not my favorite month, has some great pleasures. For me, summer has arrived when:

    * The tourists are back in full swing in downtown Mystic, CT.
    * The birds outside my window taunt my kitty every blasted second of the day.
    * The silverfish hatch somewhere in my apartment and have to be systematically destroyed.
    * I make fresh blueberry iced tea (which tastes oh so good).
    * I lose about 8 lbs just because I am outside more and eating healthier in-season food.
    * The students where I work are going stark crazy mad because they can't be outside every second of the day.
    * My hair suddenly retains a LOT of body and wave thanks to the humidity.
    * My passport begins to get more and more full of stamps as it gets warmer and warmer.
    * I'm not afraid to show my bare legs as they get a tad more brown.

    Yeah, summer does have some good selling points !

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  26. mmmm summer! We are hitting record highs here already and we have no AC in our office at the moment, so as much as I love Lady Summer, I do love the AC :) So true about the baths... I am not a nightly bather for my little guy when it is cold either. Have fun... love the extra daylight

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  27. I am so darn excited for summer I can barely stand it! Bring it on!!!!

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  28. oh love this...and love the reminders of summer...wonderful days, right:)

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  29. thanks for a great post today, i'm dreaming of summer up here. its beautiful and clear and blue today but at 10am its only 8 degrees celsuis

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  30. I love summer. My big, fat question is HOW DO YOU MAKE SUN TEA? I know you might find this crazy, but us northerners don't drink such stuff, and it's more of something that I read about in books in the US...etc...etc. We drink iced tea, but on a trip as a little girl to Texas, we learned you order it sweetened or unsweetened. :) The things we don't know while we're sitting up here chowing down on our back bacon...and sending our kids down the lane to wait for the bus in little shelters we build for them cause it's so cold...(k, it's not that bad..)

    I would seriously love to know how to make sun tea. It would be a fun summer day thing for me to do! :)

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  31. I love flip flop tan lines, oh how I miss them in the winter!!!

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  32. heh, sounds perfect, I would be joining Miss ruby on the slip-n- slide, her face is priceless in that photo! I cannot wait for summer, I need a tan, like Now!

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  33. I am in love with summer too! I love this post. I'll have to think of the things that officially make it summer at our house. :)

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  34. Can you tell me what is on that little horse drawn cart? I am so very curious!

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  35. I happen to hate and yes I said it! HATE! summer! It gets so blasted hot here! Too hot for us blessedly chubby girls :) and I'm with you on the folding laundry ... or moving for that matter.



    I've got to get a better attitude and a smaller dress size.


    Till then, I'll enjoy summer in a dream through this post.

    Love the berry pic, The lady of the House

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  36. Girl, I loved your comment today! Do you have any posts on your journey since I'm so new to your precious blog?

    (And why the heck IS that anyway??? We are clearly going to be buddies, because I too make Sun tea... and I love hearing someone else saying "Sun Tea." It conjures up all sorts of fun childhood memories... Also we don't bathe our kids nightly either due to their eczema- you so wanted to know that, didn't you?- And lastly, because I too have an age spot that pops out and I instantly freak, thinking it's cancer...)

    :)

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  37. stop it right now. we are 4 weeks away from summer vacation. can i have that waffle with the yummy berries? I will bring the coffee?

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  38. Bring on those sweet summer days!

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  39. Oh girlie... I just love ya. We are every other night bathers too...gasp. That's okay right?? I feel the same as you on all things, but the no a/c thing. I'm kind of a baby in the sweltering heat. Good thing I live in Minnesota.

    We have to meet someday. It's just mandatory!

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  40. Thank God Almighty it's finally here!

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  41. YES FOR SUMMER! I'm totally smitten :)

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  42. I really, really have a Summertime crush on summer too! I love HOT HOT weather! Then it really feels like summer. Aaaaaahhhhh....

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  43. LOVELY! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  44. This is one of the loveliest blogs I've ever seen. (I had to come visit after your comment at my place.) Your photos are beautiful and I wish I could just read about your farmgirl life all evening. The garden shower you gave may well be the prettiest of all garden parties. Martha herself would be envious. And I love that you did it all on a budget!

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  45. Jealous. Jealous. Jealous.

    I'm up in the mountain-boondocks of Southern Oregon and we had *snow* the other day. Gah.

    I'll just live vicariously through your summer crushin', k?

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  46. My flip flop feet have been getting a washin every night. I should just suck it up and start two a day showers.
    I enjoyed your list and can't wait until ours starts next week!

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  47. My hands are one big age spot! Sleeping off the grime cracked me up! I remember those days!Love your blog... love you!

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  48. This whole month of May has been wonderful!! You won't hear me complaining about 90 either. If I'm hot I go to the beach! Bring the heat on!!

    P.S. I am thinking I may need to have breakfast for dinner tomorrow night because I'm totally drooling over those waffles!

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  49. Yes...the daily bath is here for the little ones. sadly, not my favorite thing.
    YOur waffles look delish and I am loving that waterslide picture! So fun!

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