Saturday, July 12, 2008

Ah, Summer...

{shelter, originally uploaded by littlelakey}

Summer is dining at an outdoor cafe... the smell of wet dirt from last night's rain as the morning sun heats up... nasturtiums on salad... waiting in line for a coke float at the burger stand... cold white wine and sweet citronella candles on a blanket at a nighttime concert in the park.

Summer is fresh herbs growing in pots on the porch... tomatoes from the garden seasoned only with the warmth of the sun... homemade ice cream... swimming lessons... iced coffee... the squish of bare feet on wet sand at low tide.

Summer is the refreshing cool of air conditioning on a hot humid day... kids running through sprinklers... admiring your new sandals and a fresh pedicure... the sound of the crowd at a little league game... eating popsicles before they melt... playing hooky from work to enjoy a less-crowded beach on a weekday.

Summer is reading "chick lit" in the shade... getting out of the car to watch sailboats pass while the drawbridge is raised... fresh peaches... children's tiny bathing suits drying on the clothesline... driving with the sunroof open, the AC on and the radio loud.

Summer is here, finally.


Julia at Red Otter Shop inspired this post with her query for what defines summer (illustrated with pies not made by human hands). Thanks Julia!

And, as this is my 50th post, I would like to thank you for being here: those who comment, those who link to me, and those who just stop by to read. I'm so glad you all enjoy my random musings enough to keep coming back. When I started this little experiment to see if there was an audience for my ramblings, I never guessed that I would have made so many new friends and been so inspired.

A big thanks to Patricia at
PVE Design, who was the first person to ever comment (on my third post). I have no idea how she ever found me but I am grateful for her early encouragement. A special thanks to those bloggers whose own posts are so interesting to others that their readers click through their blogroll and show up here. I get TONS of traffic from Julia at Hooked on Houses, A-M from The House that A-M Built, Rebekah at Little ByRD, Robin at A Little Bird Told Me, Laura at Fifi Flowers and Diana at Please Sir.

Wow, it's like an Oscar speech. Cue the music and cut to commercial
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18 comments:

Country French Antiques said...

I would say you pegged it.
Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog! I'm glad you commented so I found you. Looks like I will be spending some time here wandering thru your musing.
Have a wonderful day!

Julia said...

This is such a delightful post, Robin :) I love all the different variations of SUMMER :) They are all so true, perfect descriptions of summer!

And, I'm so, so, so sorry I've not hopped on your lovely blog before, I feel like I've missed out! Well, I'm bookmarking you, deary! Right now!

Hooked on Houses said...

For a second there, I thought I had already commented and forgotten about it! Then I realized, no, a different Julia. Glad to know my mind isn't going yet.

Aren't you sweet to thank us all? I'm glad you're getting some traffic from my site. It's well deserved. I always enjoy stopping by here to see what you're talking about each day. -A Different Julia :-)

please sir said...

Your idea of summer is so right on - and that photo - WOW. Thanks for the link love - you are so sweet!

S.HOPtalk said...

Beautifully said Ms. Robin...and so on target.

Also, thank you for always providing me with a much needed chuckle when you stop by. Oh how I look forward to your fun comments. Congratulations on your 50th post! Cheers, ~Suzanne

littlebyRD said...

I loved your musings on summer. They are so right on! Summer is truly glorious, isn't it?! Thanks for the shout out sister - Love coming here and seeing what you've come up with. Keep it up!

knitseashore said...

Congratulations on your 50th post! I always enjoy seeing what you are thinking about next. This post could possibly be my most favorite of all, as I love living in this season and wish it would last forever (or at least a lot longer than it does in the NE!).

Mrs.French said...

Your take on summer makes me love it even more. Happy 50th deary, hope you stick around for about 50 million more!

Fifi Flowers said...

That's a lot of typing! 50 post!
I have you mentioned in my post for tomorrow... I loved that wordle... I had to have one if you had one! :)

pve design said...

anything for a fellow "bird" - congrats on your 5oth.
keep on blogging, you have a wonderful blog!
thanks for the mention!

Mumsie said...

I now long for a lemon merange pie, which will require the oven to be on for only a short time. Lovely post babycakes, but never surprising to me who read your first short, very short, story written when you were barely past toddlerhood. Write on my Princess.

A-M said...

Your summer sounds so much better than mine! (it's winter here though).
Congratulations on your milestone. Your blog is a daily habit for me and a lovely escape! A-M xx

Marnie said...

50 and fabulous - without your help I would have struggled with the basics of blogging for weeks...like uploading pictures...i jumped out of my chair when I received your comment way back when...in april... thanks for your help... i love stopping by and checking out your random musings...

amy said...

This is great. My favorites... the smell of wet dirt (mmm, thought I was the only one who liked that), tomatoes from the garden, and fresh peaches... aaaah! I'm savoring summer, 'cause it never lasts long enough! May have to make my own list...

My Castle in Spain said...

Hi Robin,

oh yes...i like your idea of summer !

Congrats for your 50th post
and
a big THANK YOU for converting this olive cake recipe !! I'm curious to know if you made it after all ?

:-)

Bonbon Oiseau said...

happy 50th and wishes for the sweetness of summer everyday to you!
(but not the humidity!)

robin-bird said...

this is my first visit to your little bird nest having come by via rebekah at little byrd. this summer list is truly awesome. the images you created with your words just pop right through my mind and i find myself saying "Yes! Yes! i know that feeling!" you have a lovely blog and congrats on your 50th post :)

Jules said...

summer is my absolute favorite time of year! your words captured it with perfection! and congrats on reaching your 50th post milestone :)