Today we celebrated our dear Summer's high school graduation with a party. I need to mention that it was held at our house. That being said, all the pomp in getting a house and yard ready was lots of work. So many projects got done and in the end...all good! If you've followed this blog for a bit you know I don't have a good relationship with the weather Gods. It usually rains unless it's Winter, then it's a blizzard. Well, no rain today! Yeah! But...and there's always a But...it was in the 90's with high humidity. Oh boy was it hot. We put all the food inside and even made sure our finished basement was in good order so folks could eat down there if they wanted.
Monday, June 20, 2016
It's here...the first day of Summer. It came around 6:30 pm and it brought with it a full moon on this solstice. That's a rare phenom that won't happen again for 70yrs. I think I'll miss that one, so I made sure to take a good look at this full strawberry moon, as it's called. The sky was hazy so the moon was shrouded in a milky covering. The air is balmy with a slight breeze. It feels like Summer with the temps in the 90's today and warm tonight. I thought of the many things that remind me of Summer and the many things that make it feel like Summer has arrived. When I was a kiddo it was the end of school and that first lazy day of just being outside the whole time. No video games, tv, or other distractions. The lawn sprinkler was the cooling off mode, or sometimes the public pool or a friends pool. Oh that smell of coppertone! Oh that smell of chlorine! Oh the first sunburn since sunscreen wasn't in our household. We'd get tan eventually! Summer always was vacation time for our family. My Dad bought a small house in Wisconsin about an hour away from our home. He moved my Grandparents into it and he and my Aunts and Uncles worked together to make it a cute place for them and a good destination for us since there was a lake just down the road. Dad and my brothers would go fishing and I learned how to swim in that lake. I would stay with my Grandparents for at least a week during the Summer and enjoy my time with Grandma. She and I had a good relationship and I loved her dearly. She always made me doll clothes for my Barbies and there was always a new Barbie waiting for me! She had a room that was full of the dolls she collected. Heaven for a little girl!
This pic is of a Summer many years ago with my oldest son, Jack, and I at a lake near my Mom's house. I was 8mo. preggo with #2 son, Craig. Now they are enjoying their own Summers with their kiddos...the circle continues. Hopefully it will be filled with good memories, the smell of suntan lotion and chlorine and I know there will be roasting marshmellows waiting here at the Pines with YaYa and PawPaw during the lazy, hazy, crazy days of the Summer of 2016!
Sunday, June 12, 2016
June's almost half over and I haven't posted even once. Really, time has flown and I'm about ready to just sit down and let it fly on by! We're having Summer's graduation party here in two weeks and Jack and I are doing our best to get the Pines in party order. We always have projects on our "to do" lists but sometimes it's easy to say: "Oh, I'll get to that later." Well, it's later and all those small things we put off are now bigger and need attending. So it's cleaning, painting, trimming, organizing, and much, much praying that the weather will be dry and coolish and perfect. OK, so maybe we're asking a bit much but I always say: "Go big or go home"....and usually it rains!