Laverna has given us todays ramblings. They're all her fault. Besides, you know how hard it is for me to resist a blog related contest! (Go see). She's in a funk because spring was abruptly sucked into Dog Days of Summer worthy heat, and is hoping that we'll be able to collectively provide enough things we love about summer to get her to appreciate it.
So. Here are some of the things I love about summer (and the fact that some of these work in Spring and Fall too should not detract from their summerfulness).
- Waking on my own schedule. I do not have to get up early just to roust the kids for school. I get to get up when MY scheduled needs it. Which tends to mean that I actually get enough sleep.
- No shoes. Even though this means no socks :-( .... but I much prefer shoelessness. Especially when the reason for shoes is that without them you'd get frostbite on your toes).
- Daylight. Lots of it. Taking blog pictures at 8 p.m. in real daylight.
- Traveling! It's vacation time around here, and that means I load my kids and my knitting into the car, and drive off to visit family and friends I don't get to see in the other seasons.
- Lobster. I get fresh from the sea lobster whenever we visit my Mom (Mid-coast Maine) in the summer. Ditto mussels and clams. yum
- Flowers. Lots of them. Blooming all over.
- Swimming. Preferably around 4:00 in the afternoon when most of the folks at the pool have already gone home. Ahhhhh.
- Stitches Midwest. I get to go almost every year. I'm regularly overcome by yarn fumes, but I love re-encountering all my fiber loving friends, and talking to the folks I buy yarn from and all the goodness that goes with a big fiber event.
- Knitting in the Gazebo. Even when it's hot, the ceiling fan is usually enough to make a nice breeze.
- Dining al fresco. Lots of restaurants have lovely "beer gardens" where you can sit away from the ubiquitous televisions, and enjoy a nice chocolate martini or a mojito beneath the stars.
- Canoing (or for those lucky enough to be able to do it: SAILING!)
- Ice Cream and Custard. Especially the smaller ice cream stands where you can get the "home made" variety. We have one here in town, and there are two near mom. They just aren't open in the winter....
- Playing in the sprinkler.
And of course -- SEASONS OF LACE - Summer of Lace 2008!