Welcome back! I am so glad you came back for part 2. I have been waiting to show you a few more rooms around the house. Summer is such a good time to be here. Yes, I know you really like visiting during Christmas. I enjoy that too. (Who can resist all that red and evergreen stuff?) But summer…summer is sooo much more relaxed.
I can still use red everywhere I want, but in summer there is no trying to wrestle a 12 foot tall tree through a 30 inch doorway…no standing on a ladder out in the cold hanging up garlands…no running from store to store shopping for gifts…no having to attend a dozen band concerts or school plays. The pace in summer sloooows down.
And the flowers. Summer has such beautiful flowers…geraniums, black-eyed Susans, Queen Anne’s lace, roses, daisies…and a million more. They are much better than those poinsettias of Christmas (whose red flowers are merely leaves trying to impersonate flowers.)
Now you know I do looove the Christmas holiday season, but it seems to get all the glory with decorating and food and tours and music. But I think we should share some of that love and glory with summer. Don’t you agree? After all, some of us do decorate for the summer season (but thankfully it doesn’t involve wrangling ginormous trees.) Holiday meals don’t hold a candle to all the wonderful summertime foods, and I am trying to help her out by doing a summer tour.
And who can resist great summer music that gets you energized like the Beach Boys’ Surfin USA or my favorite, Sheryl Crow’s Soak Up the Sun? Yes, summer deserves some adoration, and to show my respect I made a list of things I love about her. But guess what. I am not putting this list on a chalkboard. Oh I can hear you now…Kelly, you’re falling down on the job. Well, I am not putting it on a chalkboard because I am doing like Kari Anne did. I am spreading the list out through this post. It deserves more than a single chalkboard.
So here are my 30 things to love about wonderful Summer (and I am giving her a capital letter…Why in the world should seasons be discriminated against when mere days of the week can have a capital letter in their name?! Who came up with that anyway?) Sorry…sometimes the rules of our language just don’t make sense. Let’s get to the list…
1. The taste of vine ripened tomatoes sprinkled with salt and freshly ground pepper
2. The slam of the back porch screen door
3. Small towns all decked out in red, white and blue
4. The smell of freshly cut grass
5. Juicy watermelon slices on newspaper waiting to be eaten
6. The soft whir of porch ceiling fans as the blades spin round and round
7. Lightning bugs blinking on and off at dusk making the yard look like a fairy land
8. That smell in the air when a thunderstorm is approaching
9. Homemade ice cream made with peaches from the roadside stand
10. A touch of pink on your cheeks after a day spent outside
11. The smell of ribs being barbecued on the grill
12. Red geraniums spilling out of hanging baskets
13. Houses with flags flying from their porch
14. Tan lines and freckles
15. Hotdogs charred on the grill topped with sweet pickle relish
16. That chlorine smell in their hair when the kids have been swimming
17. The 4th of July fireworks show at our local fairgrounds
18. Peach milkshake time at Chick-fil-a
19. Daylight that hangs around until way past suppertime
20. Shasta daisies and daylilies blooming in all our flowerbeds
21. The taste of silver queen corn on the cob dripping with melted butter
22. The smell of suntan lotion
23. Playing with sparklers on the deck at night
24. Queen Anne’s lace blooming wild in roadside ditches
25. Reading Treasure Island for the umpteenth time
26. Cobblers made from wild blackberries you just picked by the edge of the field
27. Hearing Braves baseball on the radio
28. Wearing flip flops
29. Half price drinks at Sonic
30. Not having a schedule to follow
That last one is the biggie.
Having the freedom of time wins hands down over the harried holiday schedule every. single. time.
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Are you wondering where the dining room and kitchen went for our tour? I know I told you in part 1 that I was so excited to show you the dining room all jazzed up for summer, and I really am. But….I was more excited to use that fancy-schmancy photograph to start this post for the bedroom portion.And would you believe the only difference in the first photo and the last one was the first one was taken in the morning, and the last one was taken in late afternoon? What a difference sunlight makes! Anyway, there will be a final part 3 of our Summer Home Tour, and just because you didn’t get to go in the dining room today, here is a little sneak peek for you. Hope you like it.
What do you love most about Summer?
I bet some of the things in the list were things you like too, but if I left out your favorite, please don’t hesitate to talk about it in a comment.
We’d love to hear!