Summertime

  1. AHHHHHHHH..........it's here at last.........SUMMER!!

    Really, I love all the seasons, but summer has become my favorite time of year. I thrive on warmth and sunshine, and I just love kicking back and hanging out at the river or in the back yard. Summer brings with it a lazy, laid-back attitude that relaxes me, even when I'm at work......it's like who cares if we stay up/sleep late, or we're still playing in the yard long after dark, or we eat ice cream at midnight?

    Summer brings good times: country fairs, open-air concerts, farmer's markets, Fourth of July fireworks, picnics and barbecues. Summer is also full of occasions for making memories.........the kids like to remind me of the year they dared me to climb the rope at the river, and how I sailed out over the water and dropped in just like a 12-year-old........I still laugh at the recollection of the time my dad gave up his corn dogs in a trash barrel after riding the Tilt-A-Whirl at the county fair.......and then there was the night I danced in the moonlight with my then-husband-to-be, having just become engaged.........the huge water fight that involved every adult and child in our entire apartment complex......the whole family lying on a blanket out under the stars watching the Perseid meteor showers at 2 AM on a sweltering August night........giving birth to my youngest child in an air-conditioned hospital on the hottest day of 1991........making love in the swimming pool where DH and I managed apartments and wondering why EVERYONE seemed to need fresh air at three in the morning!

    Yep, I love summer.........the only downside is, of course, that there is an almost 16-year-old and a 13-year-old here who are already bored out of their skulls and have begun the annual litany of complaints: It's too hot. There's nothing to do. I wanna go here, I wanna go there. We already went in the pool. No, I don't want to play badminton, we did that yesterday. Are you going to buy a trampoline this year? I'm sick of going outside. I want ice cream. There's nothing on TV. Can't we get some computer games? I don't like hot dogs. Chicken AGAIN?! Mom, the kitten pooped on my bed. Mom, Rosie barfed on the sofa, but I didn't clean it up because I didn't see it. Mom, when does school start again?? :chuckle
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  2. 62 Comments

  3. by   Tweety
    No pleasing kids that age is there. LOL

    I like warm weather, but as I've been whining lately summer is hot and muggy here, so I don't go out much. LOL It's the fall and spring in Florida that are so gorgeous.

    Have a great summer.
  4. by   NursesRmofun
    Lots of good summer memories. Yes.....as we get older we look back on our own childhood more. Sheesh! It's like it was yesterday. I must be very OLD! LOL!Enjoy the summer with the kids.
  5. by   Energizer Bunny
    Love your post, Marla.....but it sure isn't summer HERE!!! 55 degrees right now....UGH! We're lucky if it hits 70 lately.
  6. by   teeituptom
    Love the summer

    all that heat and warmth and humidity make mu bones ache less

    also makes the golf ball go farther
  7. by   nurseygrrl
    It's been gorgeous here for the past few days. Warm with no humidity for a change! Except for the fact that my allergies are kicking my butt, I love it! I also like it that my patients can go outside. They are so cooped up during the winter months.
  8. by   VivaLasViejas
    It's been in the upper 80s and low 90s here for the past several days......we went from having a rather cool, showery late May & early June to blazing hot summer almost overnight, and there doesn't appear to be any real changes on the horizon for quite awhile. I'm what my sister calls a lizard, I love the heat as long as it doesn't get ridiculous........anything over about 95 degrees, though, and I tend to lose my happy thoughts. I also do NOT like humidity---the heat we have here in western Oregon tends to be a dry heat, not the muggy, drippy, soppy, sweaty, icky kind folks in the South and on the east coast have to live with. I spent summers in the South as a child, and while the thunderstorms were quite spectacular, I hated having sweat run off the end of my nose just because I was sitting in a lawn chair breathing. :stone

    I think I've learned to appreciate summer mainly because where I live now, we have to earn it........all those months of cold, wet, gloomy conditions get to one after a while! By contrast, we had four seasons where I grew up (the backcountry of San Diego County): almost summer, summer, getting done with summer, and barely fall........the only way you can tell the seasons apart is by checking the store window displays ("Oh, look, Mabel, there's some punkins....must be gettin' close to Halloween!"). :chuckle
  9. by   dianah
    lol, Marla, that's how our seasons are too, although we get a little cooler weather (sort of quasi-winter) here in the Inland Empire (more east and a little north of San Diego). In winter we do get snow (I almost typed SNOT, lol!) on the local mts, and I can be there in an hour. We joke that we have 9-10 mo of summer, two weeks of fall, two weeks of spring and maybe 2 weeks of winter. Summer is officially here by the calendar, but not by the triple-digit temps that are USUAL for our summers. Well, it might drop to the 90's for some days . . . maybe we'll pick up a thunderstorm once in awhile. The mountains always have those huge cumulo-nimbus clouds billowing above them for thousands of miles, as well as the thunderstorms almost daily. Not us flatlanders, though, we're stuck sweltering and wishing we were on the receiving end of those storms.

    Ah, summer! My aunt and uncle used to let us and the cousins and the neighborhood kids play outside games after dark on the weekends, while the grownups sat on lawn chairs in the yard and made homemade fresh peach ice cream. They took turns turning the crank over and over and over and then FINALLY it was done, and was it DELICIOUS!!! Thanks for the memories! -- D
  10. by   unknown99
    Marla,
    I am packing up to go to your daydream!!! That is until the 3rd paragraph reaches out and grabs me!!! Which is usually the case at my house!!! However, I take the nclex this Wednesday and then it is me time... no kids until Sunday night!!! WOOOOOOOT!!!!!
  11. by   VivaLasViejas
    Good luck, Sarah!!

    I was just reading over the last couple of posts and the peach ice cream dianah mentioned suddenly had my mouth literally watering.....if there were ever a taste that screams SUMMER, it's peach ice cream!! I haven't had it in years.......can't have ice cream anyway unless it's made with Splenda (and anyone who can come up with a good diet peach ice cream will have my undying devotion, not to mention a wad of my hard-earned money!). But now I'm sitting here thinking about peach ice cream so intently, I can almost taste and smell it.......mmmmmmmmmm............thanks a lot, dianah, now I'm craving it!! RATS!!
  12. by   dianah
    sorreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee . . . .
  13. by   pickledpepperRN
    Quote from mjlrn97
    Good luck, Sarah!!

    I was just reading over the last couple of posts and the peach ice cream dianah mentioned suddenly had my mouth literally watering.....if there were ever a taste that screams SUMMER, it's peach ice cream!! I haven't had it in years.......can't have ice cream anyway unless it's made with Splenda (and anyone who can come up with a good diet peach ice cream will have my undying devotion, not to mention a wad of my hard-earned money!). But now I'm sitting here thinking about peach ice cream so intently, I can almost taste and smell it.......mmmmmmmmmm............thanks a lot, dianah, now I'm craving it!! RATS!!
    Anyone know how to make sherbet?
    Peach sherbet with Splenda sounds great!

    At least a smoothy with non fat yogurt, splenda, peaches, and a little vanilla?
  14. by   VivaLasViejas
    Now THAT sounds do-able........thanks Spacenurse!! And if I freeze it......mmmmmmm........I could almost believe it's real peach ice cream!! WOOHOO! Problem solved!

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