Welcome to austinagrodolce … My family and I garden with more intention and enthusiasm than allocated budget or overall design plan. It shows. Wildlife populations don't seem to notice our lack of cohesive design, they just like the native plants here. It seems by growing local we've thrown out a welcome mat. Occasionally, we're surprised at who (and what) shows up.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Sum Sum Summertime

A blogger I admire asked her readers recently to list in the comments section what they loved about summertime. My list quickly grew so long I decided to punt and post instead.

Here, in no particular order, is my non-comprehensive list of What I Love About Summer:
My birthday happens
HummingbirdsSchool is out
Shooting off fireworks (legally! really! The PowersThatBe didn't care so much about us kiddos being safe or escaping becoming tragically disfigured or potentially lighting up city block-wide conflagrations - oh those were the days I tell you)
Floating with hot sun on my back and cool water underneath me
Painted toenails
Snow Cones (red ones are my favorite followed by purple - you?)
Cicadas singing in daytime
Tree Frogs singing at night
The way little kids have to yell SO LOUDLY when they play in the water
CaladiumsThe way walking into air conditioning from a triple digit afternoon makes my glasses fog up for a minute
Eating icy cool crisp salad greens outside
The smell of swimming pools
Visiting someplace that is SO NOT Texas The smell of Coppertone sun screen
Home grown tomatoesIced tea
Eating ice cream cones outside fast before they melt too much and drip onto your hand
Neighborhood 4th of July Parades How everybody looks slightly more sophisticated in sunglasses
Cool tile floors on bare feet
Hunting for sea shells and wave tumbled glass at the beach
Ripe melon
Flip flopsSuntans (yeah yeah I know totally "what-do-you-want-us-to-all-die" politically incorrect but this is MY list - go make your own)
Cucumber sandwiches
Blinking in summer sun after seeing a matinee
The way that first taste of really cold beer tastes like Life in a Bottle

That will do for today. Feel free to share in the comments section how you feel about summertime. Do you love it? Hate it? What is your favorite/least favorite aspect of summertime? I really want to know!


PassivePastry said...

sunburns :(

May said...

Love this list! And so much of it would be on my list. Especially suntans, except I had skin cancer long ago so I'm forever pale now (which really stinks). And snow cones? My god woman, I'm dying to own a snow cone stand! Wouldn't that be great summer employment for my kids? I just can't seem to talk Mr. Mom into building one. My favorite kind is red (cinnamon, though, not cherry or strawberry or watermelon).