All this week, I've had that, "okay, I'm tired of the heat, let's get this summer show over with" kind of feeling. This morning I had a talk with myself. I said, "Self, you know that Summer isn't even close to being over. Sure the kids go back to school in three weeks. But the calendar says Summer doesn't end until September 21st, and you know the hot weather will be here at least until then if not longer."
So, in fact, there's more summer to go, than we've gone through. Instead of being irritable about the heat, I've decided I should still be embracing the season, because before we know it the snow will be flying. While I was making the bed, I decided to lighten things up by leaving off the mounds of pillows, and just having the cool, white cotton bedspread, with our sleeping pillows. It is easier to make in the morning, and feels cooler at night.
I put together a grocery list, in preparation for a trip to the store tomorrow, and was sure to add lots of fruits and vegetables and more cold iced tea bags, and a bag of lemons, for iced tea and fresh lemonade.
Then I decided it would be a good day to work in the basement, where, even with the AC vents closed, is the coolest part of the house. Our rec room had definitely become a "wreck room", so I enlisted Emily to help me.
We began the way I always begin a big cleaning job, making places for keep, throw and put somewhere else. We sorted through all the games that have accumulated through the years. There's no longer a need for junior versions of games such as Scrabble or Pictionary (sadly, sniff), so those were piled up and will be given away to bless a younger family. We gathered up all of the markers, paints and craft stuff that tends to migrate downstairs, and put them in a cute little bin that had been destined for the giveaway pile, but no more.
The small wet bar area was arranged with a popcorn popper and toppings -- a forgotten Christmas gift -- so now we can really feel like we're at the movies when we watch the big screen t.v. that we inherited when we bought the house. We got out the carpet cleaner and I spruced up the carpet, while Em did her best to clean a nail polish stain (oops) off the sofa. Last, I rummaged through my pile of framed photos and we put together a little gallery of family vacation pictures. Eventually, I'd like to find some national parks posters of the all the parks we've visited, to frame and hang, but for now it's fun to look at what are now "old" family pics and "remember when."
Then, while I did some last minute touches, Em fixed us tomato sandwiches for lunch, using our priceless one and only tomato from our Topsy Turvy grower. It tasted sooo good and we wished that our crop had been larger, as there's nothing like a fresh tomato sandwich.
After lunch, we stopped for iced coffees and headed off to the library for a couple of hours, where I found a whole bunch more books I can't live without, and Emily read an entire book and put another on hold. Remember the days when you wouldn't dare bring a drink or food into the library? While I totally understand the reasoning for that, I love that our library has a coffee cart in the lobby. Books and coffee, my two favorite things.
I know that I'll welcome the cool fall weather and the changing colors when the time arrives. But, for now, I vow to appreciate the season that I'm in, whether it's the dog days of summer or the hustle bustle of a houseful of kids and a list that seems impossible. It will all be long gone before I know it.