June 29, 2015

Four Things I'm Looking Forward to this Summer

What does summer mean to you? Do you go on a family vacation, or do the livestock and garden keep you close to home? Do you have a list of activities to accomplish or do you "wing it"?

Summer means different things to everyone, and it's partly based on our childhood and life experiences I think. It might look the same every year, or each summer might have a different lists of goals and activities and memories.

Here are four things I'm looking forward to this summer:


 
1. Riding my horse Ella at the lake - if it stops raining long enough for the mud to dry out, that is. I love morning rides with friends when the air is still relatively cool, with the smell of horses, leather and the shady woods.



2. The scent of mimosa flowers. The smell is sweet and light and heavenly. Even though we lost our big, ancient tree to a lightning strike several years ago, there is a smaller tree near the road in front of the house. When I take outgoing mail to the mailbox I can smell the flowers on the morning air.



3. Eating juicy, sun-ripened blackberries. Picking them isn't my favorite part unless I have company, but I love eating them: in smoothies, in yogurt, plain out of the refrigerator for dessert, and made into jelly or jam. Last year we didn't need any jelly, but I made juice anyway and used it in smoothies. Oh my, is that good!


4. Our annual summer trip to the zoo. We take the visiting grandchildren, any of their parents that might still be in town, their uncle, a friend or two, and we go early before the heat sets in. (Any Oklahoman knows that the value of a parking place is not in its proximity to the entrance, but to the afternoon shade of a tree.)

What are you looking forward to this summer? Please leave a comment and share your summer bucket list.



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23 comments:

  1. Building our greenhouse, a plentiful garden with food stored away, raising our new pigs, installing solar panels and new radio antenna towers, and putting up the guttering that will fill our water tanks at the barn. We hope to have a very busy summer.

    Fern

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  2. You are very busy, Fern. I didn't list our projects, just the fun stuff.

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  3. Sounds like you have some lovely things to look forward to.

    We are hoping to get away for a week or so to North Carolina. We all need a vacation!

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    1. I hope you have a lovely vacation, Daisy.

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    2. I hope you have a lovely vacation, Daisy.

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  4. Lots of fun stuff going on. :) The mimosa looks great... we enjoying seeing them, but do not have one in our yard... although maybe someday we will. :)

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    1. Joy, mimosas smell marvelous! I hope you'll have one of your own someday.

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    2. Joy, mimosas smell marvelous! I hope you'll have one of your own someday.

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  5. Sounds like a lovely summer Kathi! I'm looking forward to a month off of work and getting my house ORGANIZED! I'm also looking forward to our annual summer trip to the PA mountains!

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    1. Kelly, hope you have a great summer trip to the mountains.

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  6. Oh, I miss mimosa blossoms! I grew up in Oklahoma, now live in Pennsylvania, and mimosa trees are unusual here because winters are longer. The other thing I miss about Oklahoma summers is Braum's peppermint ice cream!

    But the things I enjoy in the summer here: Sitting on the front porch listening to the breeze ruffle the tree leaves. Watching my garden grow and change each day. Purple morning glories rambling over hillsides, and just so much green everywhere. Tomato season!!! Local blueberries and strawberries. Playing in the hose with my kids, or going to the sprinkler park. Being warm enough to wear skirts with bare legs, to take off my socks, to eat ice cream.

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  7. Becca, what a great list! You'll have a wonderful summer for sure. I'll think of you when I eat Braum's ice cream - my favorite summer flavor is cherry limeade but I love their peppermint too.

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  8. I guess Kathi I am actually looking forward to summer when it comes, but I especially like the idea of the berries and the zoo trip. What wonderful plans you have, thanks for sharing them with us at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

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  9. Summer is a ways off for you, Terri - I imagine you're looking forward to summer itself!

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  10. Watching my garden grow, having friends come to visit, our "Mayberry-like" 4th of July parade, and hunting for wild, edible mushrooms at the end of summer. Thanks for linking up at the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home!

    Jennifer

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  11. Blackberry smoothies, jam & jelly sounds delicious!

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  12. Looks like a fun summer! Stopping by from What to Do Weekends. Have a great 4th!

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  13. Yummmm, I agree!

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  14. Thank you for stopping by, Brandi; I hope you have a lovely summer too!

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  15. I want to dive into the bowl of blackberries!!

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  16. I know what you mean, Casey, blackberries are delicious!

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  17. I really enjoyed this post! I'm looking forward to longer evenings and hopefully enjoying suppers in the garden as well as a chance to catch up with family and friends. Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul hop.

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  18. Thank you, April. I agree, long evenings are one of the best things about summer!

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