Summertime

by Katy on August 6, 2014 · 9 comments

Summertime . . .

Laundry on the clothesline, pool schedule memorized, up all hours and sleeping too late.

Midnight projects, last minute barbecues and window fans.

A pile of half-finished library books and endless jugs of refrigerator water.

Turning a blind eye to back-to-school sales.

Why does it have to end?

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

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jill August 6, 2014 at 9:35 am

I always thought summer was my favorite because I was a teacher and well, summer IS the best when you are a teacher. But now that I am retired (from teaching at least) I still love summer. We live on a lake so that helps also. But there is just something about sunshine and freedom from schedules!

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JD August 6, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Summer was fun as a kid, but since I moved to Florida, I’ve come to dislike it — it’s so hot and humid. But in the old days, it was great, for some of the same reasons you have plus some:
Getting up at 6 a.m. with the family to go cook and eat a big breakfast at the local state park — breakfast cooked outdoors is 10 times better than one cooked indoors.
Visiting relatives we couldn’t see much during the school year
Making ice cream in the hand-cranked churn.
Chilled watermelons cracked open on a newspaper-covered table outside in the yard.
Fresh food from our garden.
Sleeping on the screened porch and listening to the crickets.
Going barefoot unless forced into shoes.
My parents probably would have seen it a little differently, but to a kid, it was all wonderful.

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Allie August 6, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Even with the heat and humidity, I agree that summer is the best time: going barefoot (or in slippers at the most), dining al fresco with friends, more trips to the beach and warm ocean water, longer days, the freshest of fruit (even if I have to share with the bunnies and birds who frequent my garden). As August gets into full swing, I treasure these things and more, as the school year gets closer and closer.

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dusty August 7, 2014 at 3:51 am

I have lived in FL for many years so for me summer is year round. When the weather gets too humid (see JD) I see this as an opportunity for indoor activities, i.e., movies, museums, etc. I do spend lots of time swimming, either at the beach or pool. When school starts (here in FL that will be soon) I love to go to the beach cause it’s empty.

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JD August 7, 2014 at 9:21 am

Thanks, Dusty! I’d forgotten how I used to take my kids to indoor museums in the summer when they were young. We also toured historic homes and sites — as long as we could be indoors at least some of the time it was okay — and of course, the beach is not that far away. Summer in North Florida is usually 9 months a year. I admit I get tired of it, but there actually is fun stuff we can do. Thanks for reminding me.
(But no running around barefoot! Too many sand spurs and fire ants!)

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dusty August 8, 2014 at 3:59 am

Enjoy FL, it truly is paradise, fire ants and all!!!

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kris August 8, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Another North Florida gal here…We love to explore all the Springs in the area. When it’s 97 degrees outside, floating on a spring that is 72 degrees is SO refreshing and relaxing! Plus the cost of admission to the parks (esp. State parks) is pretty cheap!

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K D August 7, 2014 at 5:20 am

I have embraced every minute of this summer, even on the most humid of hot days because there is so much light, it is not cold, there is no ice, and weather generally does not disrupt life. I also love all the stuff that grows, and seeing butterflies and additional species of birds.

I sympathize with you Katy.

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Michelle D August 8, 2014 at 1:23 pm

I’m having a lazy summer with my kids. Beach, pool, walks…loving every minute of our non-scheduled lives.

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