What Do You Love About Summer?

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I've been down for the count. Sick over the last few days. Hardly got out of bed. Well...I have been getting in some blog reading on those I follow (you can see those near the bottom of the left sidebar).


Blogs I never miss - Billy Coffey's or Pete Wilson's. Wonderful places to be, with great folks leaving thought provoking comments. Love 'em--both the other readers of those blogs and the two amazing men who write them. Visit them if you get the chance. It's time well spent. Really.
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Recently, Pete Wilson asked his readers what summer says to them. I want
to pose that same question to you. What sorts of things make you think of summer?

Here's the answer I posted on Pete's blog, Without Wax:

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[I love] The laughter of kids as they run through the sprinklers in the neighborhood, boogey boarding in S. CA surf, seashell hunting, limeade, iced tea, grilling dinner and then eating it under the shade of the umbrella on the back patio.
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And, really great - our church’s summertime baptisms and bonfire at the beach, done a couple/three times during summer. Folks are treated to grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, singing, and then new believers from our church are baptized in the surf by our pastoral staff. Really draws a crowd of beach-goers in the area, and the food and fun are shared with them too.

Good stuff.

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To that I'd like to add: Tucking my feet down into the warm beach sand, the sound of the ocean, sunsets at the beach with the yellowish, orangey, purple colors staining the sky across the horizon, and bonfires on the beach at night.

And thinking about how soon it will be till it's
time to play Christmas music again. I love Christmas music. I start listening to it in August when I'm alone in the car, trying to honor my husband, who doesn't care for Christmas music until after Thanksgiving (what's up with that?!). I long for east coast fall colors & snow, but appreciate the driving conditions we have in S. CA all year round.
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I also love July 4th. What a fun holiday! Celebrating freedom and honoring those who gave their lives so that I can sit back and enjoy all their sacrifice gained for me and my family. Yes, I cry during fireworks, because I'm blessed to live in the good ol' USA. We see the fireworks right from our front yard. Everyone on our street comes out and sets up chairs and you can hear us all chorusing our oooo's and ahhhh's throughout the show.
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Another fun thing during summer - free kids' movies at our local air conditioned theater. Sure they don't turn the theater lights out completely and there are a lot of little kid noises, but hey, that's the best part. I love the sound of kids.

Most of the time. LOL!
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Now it's your turn. What things make you think of summer?


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4 comments:

pete wilson said...

Great post. I'm going with fireworks. I love summer fireworks.

Carly Kendall said...

One of my favorite things about summer is the evening joy rides my husband and I take in the country. We love the rolling hills, the farms, the horses. We like to go in the late evening when the sunlight is at its prettiest. We have some of our best talks during those rides.

Tina Dee Books said...

Aw, my cyber Pastor stops by and I missed it! Thanks for stopping by, Pete! I know you're super busy, so this is a treat for me.

Carly, aren't those rides the greatest? My husband takes us for early morning rides up the coast every couple weekends (and my vanilla latte comes with, gotta have my cuppa). We've got all the beautiful surf here. Last Saturday, the water was the clearest we'd ever seen with waves breaking white and the sky such a deep blue. It was gorgeous. Loved it! I'll get some pics up in the next day or so, but for now...more broth and dragging myself back to bed! Thanks for dropping by.

Carly Kendall said...

That sounds like a beautiful drive. I love to see water! I hope you are feeling better :)