what’s on your summer?

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I love LOVE summertime!    Even with the humidity that lingers around on those dog days there is always a refreshing jump in the water to cool my soul.

With a few schedule changes here and there – Apple and I started with our first girls road trip through Maryland.  We visited Hunting Lake in Maryland and the beach at Chesapeake.   Aftering picking up Football Superstar and the pup, my husbands request for Father’s Day was to keep it simple and quiet.   So that meant a nature hike through the Shenandoah only to find ourselves bitten by flies and other microscopic swarming bugs.   All in all….it was a great time!

Today as I sit on my deck, ice tea at hand, pup by my side a cool summer breeze continues to flutter my notes.  It’s moments like this – this exact feeling of summer that makes me fall in love with the season all over again.   My husband knows I would live outdoors if it were possible.   There is nothing like cooking outdoors, eating outdoors (minus the flies), entertaining outdoors and winding down the evening by relaxing with a glass of wine with the one you love.

I’m lucky today – temps are in the high 80’s with low humidity.   Tomorrow that will change.   But I will not leave my deck unattended!   There’s always evening after the sun settles behind the trees…..we can enjoy it all over again!

Friday, Apple and I decided to take out our beach cruisers and ride the Old Dominion/DC trails.   Her new hobby is photography, and no doubt she will find some very cool spots to photograph along the Potomac.

College Daughter plans to come home in a few weeks.  She’s eagerly working out a plan for after graduation from VT.    Meaning Grad School.  Working in the college town of Blacksburg can be quiet over the summer months.   Which she tells us isn’t a bad thing.   We are looking forward to her coming home……and no doubt she’s going to bring me more surprises.   That will be more large bins to store.

I’m trying to bottle up this season.   If you have followed my blog long enough – you are probably saying to yourself “she says this every summer”.    “She loves loves loves summer!”         I do!   I just can’t help myself!    And every summer when August rolls around I find myself not tiring of the season, not ready for school to begin (especially the thousand page list of school supplies, in which they never really use) and I certainly am never ready for Halloween items to be out in September when I’m just finishing up Labor Day and not ready for Thanksgiving/Christmas items to be out when I’m searching for Halloween costumes!

Oh, summer.

What’s on your summer?

 

 

 

 

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Summer and its Simple Joys

Happy Summer!

It’s finally here…. my all time favorite time of the year.   It’s when my family knows that momma’s Turkish beach towels and blankets are stacked with love in a large woven basket by the stairway.   When a variety of sunblock replaces candles next to the powder room sink.    When sea shells and large white starfish replace sprigs of wisteria and stone crafted rabbits on the mantel.     Yes, it’s summer.

I would like to say life slows down for us during summer – but truthfully it kicks us into high gear.   Swim team practices and meets.  Summer gatherings, vacations,staycations, and all the behind the scene activities that keep our calendars highlighted red and blue.

This summer, I want to soak up every hour.   I made this exact statement last summer.   As much as I look forward to taking those trips or getting together with family and friends, I want time to slow down.   How can I possibly make my summer-time slow down?   I’m open for suggestions!  

My early mornings sitting on our terrace drinking coffee can be relaxing as well as entertaining as I watch our pup Murphy try to figure out how to grab the little lizard climbing up the rainspout.  It’s my way of getting the morning started.   Even if it only last for thirty minutes….pup needs a good run or walk…..swim practice begins…..driving here and there…client updates….

I still love summer.

 

Then there is the summer food.   Fish tacos.  Watermelon.  Hot mango salsa.   Heirloom tomato salad with goat cheese.  Grilled with love by Football Superstar – tuna steak and bay scallops.   Top it off with a glass of Beach House.

Oh, I love summer.

 

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And it’s just beginning….

 

Oh, I love summer!