Friday, July 30, 2010

Welcoming summer again

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.

12 comments:

Renna said...

You make me feel a little lazy, Karen. I'd feel good if I got all that done in a week! ;-)

My hubby keeps trying to convince me that if we move to Colorado, we'll never have to deal with the heat again. Hah! Granted, you lack the humidity that sucks the very life out of us here.

Your library sounds awesome. I'd love to be able to sip on a drink at mine.

Country Dreaming said...

Great post--I'll try very hard to do this also but........the heat and humidity are doing a number on me as you could tell from this am's post.
It's also hard when school is a stone's throw away. I don't feel very summery when school starts back up.
I'll try though.

Happy weekend to you.

Melinda

Robin said...

Your post was just full of great, inspirational ideas. I am never disappointed when I read your blog!

Susanne said...

Carpet cleaning is on my agenda today too. And downstairs at that. It's hot and humid today so being downstairs is going to be nice. I wish I could do a purge of games and toys the kids have outgrown but with a dayhome that doesn't happen. So lots of stuff accumulates.

Leslie said...

Hi Karen. Thank you for visiting and following the Spoonful blog. I am always so happy to meet new people.
I am with you... as much as I love love love Fall, I am trying to enjoy the season that I am in. somedays ( like today ) it is hard b/c I work at a major craft store and at the moment it is Halloween.
Have a great weekend.
I am your newest follower!

Becky said...

This post made me feel good, Karen. Just a bunch of really normal stuff, enjoyed to the fullest with Em. Thanks for the narrative, which felt like a day in the happy life of Karen. It was fun.

Paula said...

I love summer. It's the cold weather I have a hard time enjoying so I'm going to try to take your last paragraph to heart--in a few months.

From the Kitchen said...

Karen, you are doing exactly what I'm doing. It feels sad and good passing along outgrown "things". I must say that I am very enviousness that you actually visited Bernadeen!!

Best,
Bonnie

Sarah said...

Hi Karen,
Just wanted to post that your post today sounds like something I could have written...well, if I had accomplished the same things you had. I need to go through our "wreck" room as well, and purge and pillage. But, the line about books and coffee - that is me to a "t". Our library still doesn't allow drinks, but the combo of both is perfect! Have a great day!

Bill said...

This is exactly what I needed to read. It's been such an insanely hot summer here in Richmond, and you reminded me that it's foolish to put life on hold because of things I can't change, and to be grateful for the heat after the harsh winter we had.

Rizzi said...

HI KAREN,
OH, YOU ARE SO RIGHT.
THERE ARE SO MUCH MORE OF SUMMER TO GO, WITH ALL THIS HOT AND HUMID WEATHER. LIKE YOU SAID LET'S ENJOY IT...WE REALLY DON'T HAVE A CHOICE. ON LESS HUMID DAYS I LIKE SITTING OUTSIDE, LOVE THE FRESH AIR.
AIR CONDITIONING CAN REALLY GET TO YOU.
SOOOOOOOO, RELAX AND HAVE A GREAT SUMMER.
YOU AND EM ACCOMPLISHED QUITE A LOT IN THE BASEMENT.
BRAVO!...... TO YOU.
TAKE CARE, LOVE, AUNT RIZ

Dandy said...

OK this is the perfect summer attitude. I have to think more about adjusting the apartment for summer to really embrace it.

We don't get much around here as far as seasons go so it really would be a great idea to change decor a little.

A fresh tomato sandwich sounds great. I feel like our supermarkets carry things that look like tomatoes but taste like nothing really.