Summer is slipping away

July 31, 2015

Pat Maurer

Pat Maurer

Summer, according to the Maurer calendar at least, is almost over again.
I know, tomorrow is only August 1, but you know there’s only five weeks left until Labor Day weekend. Then school starts again.
You know what that means – fall!

The Maurer calendar isn’t quite the same as the ones we hang up on the wall, but any way you look at it; doesn’t summer really start on Memorial Day weekend and end up on Labor Day?

Nice weather after that is a real bonus in this part of Michigan. It could snow about anytime!
Not that we have had all that great of a summer, for the kids at least. Except for the past week or so, cooler days have been the rule this year. One bright note is the bounty that seems to be in store for us this year.

Even in our little “barrel gardens” out back we have been harvesting beans, great onions and bitty baby carrots occasionally. I planted the tomato seeds pretty late, but they are blooming, so maybe there’s still hope. The other plants that I forgot the name of, seem to be squash and we already have some small ones showing on the vines.

Garden goodies are one of the best things about this time of year.
Summer never seems to last nearly long enough. Our vacation week is over and once again we are busy, busy. Seems like June, July and August are over before they really get a good start and it is just about impossible to get everything that you want to do – done.

One of the ways we cope with this type of a schedule is by making lists. Well actually I make lists. Jack just grumbles about finding enough time to do his outdoor stuff.

I make lists! I have lists of things to do today, lists of things to do this week, things I need to do when I get a little extra time and things I would like to be able to do sometime…

Of course it helps to be organized and we all know that just isn’t one of my special talents – sometimes I lose my lists! So, I have post it notes all over and a planner that I always forget to write in to try and keep myself in line. Not that it helps much. I lose the notes and when I remember to write in the planner, I forget to look in the planner!

Anyway, for a few more short weeks, it is still summer. It has been pretty steamy lately, but it has still been beautiful outside nearly every day, and hopefully there’s still at least 30 more days until the trees start showing a bit of color again.
Then I can start my “countdown to Christmas.”

And since I just love to make lists, I am once again making one for fun to last for the rest of this wonderful summer season. Before the snow flies, I would like to:
*ride the lawn mower. I can’t mow because of the allergies, but I can buzz around the yard anyway.

*sit in the shade and inhale the aroma of roses in bloom. Nothing smells quite as sweet this time of year.

*relax on the steps at the river’s edge and dangle my feet in the water.

*have my morning coffee on the porch and listen to the birds wake up.

*spend an afternoon on the porch watching the birds vie for seed and the hummingbirds fight over a drink at their feeder.

*go berry picking and eat it all before you come home.

*watch the sun set over a lake with a storm coming.

*watch a thunderstorm from start to finish – from the relative safety of the porch of course.

*watch heat lightning dance across the night sky.

*take a canoe trip down the river on a warm sunny morning with a picnic lunch.

*cook at least three meals a week on the grill outside.

*go fishing.

The more I think about it the longer this particular list gets. I don’t have to worry about losing it either – I believe I have it memorized.

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