Monday, August 29, 2011

Wrapping Up Summer

There are just some things that let you know that summer is slowly coming to an end.

Since I don't have little ones starting school anymore, it always catches me off guard when I pass the school bus about this time of year in the early, (and I mean early), morning hours.  I scoot on out a little after 6:00 a.m. and around the curve comes the school bus.  Both of us headed off for whatever the day is to bring. 

Our days are getting a little bit shorter and the shadows are a little longer.  Mother Nature still doesn't want to give up on the extreme heat, however. I call it sultry - yes, sultry summer,  the time before the cool-down. There's something in the air though ~ you just vaguely feel it.  I can see and hear the geese flying overhead in that perfect "V" form.  My enemy, "the squirrel", is pulling leaves off the trees preparing the family winter home.

I continue to feed the hummers; they will be making their far away journey soon. I've stuffed alpaca fleece in my suet feeder as nesting material for my little winged friends preparing their hide-outs for the seasons to come. 

I guess the question is, how are you going to end the summer?  


Here are a few things to get you started ~
  • Wear your largest sunhat and sunglasses and go shopping.
  • Go "Skinny-dipping"!!  Yee-Ha!
  • Hula Hoop
  • Rough it a little - go camping
  • Take a hike
  • Walk barefoot in the sand or in the grass
  • Take a day trip to a place you've never visited
  • Visit your local state farmer's market and try something you didn't grow this year.
  • Stay outside until it really gets dark
  • Throw some meat on the grill and invite those favorite friends over.
  • Go to an outdoor concert
  • Light the candles and tiki torches, pour you and your friend a really nice glass of chardonnay, crank up the outdoor speakers, and listen to Neil Young's Harvest Moon.        
  • Visit the coast one more time.  Ocean temps typically are the warmest during the 1st part of September. 
Will you go somewhere ... how will you wind it down?          Debi


  1. Oh... what to choose, what to choose. Definitely a day trip to a place I have never visited. There are so many little "cute" towns around the Appalachian Mountains... I will do THAT this weekend. Thanks for the nudge.

  2. Visiting the coast sounds so good, we haven't been for quite a few years, hubby's work just hasn't allowed for it...anyway, we hope to have one last BBQ with friends. - Love the photo of the school bus. xo

  3. I like the farmer's market idea.....and I'm itching to get to a couple of primitive shops for fall decorating. But cranking up Neil Young's Harvest Moon and a glass of wine sounds the best!
    Cathy G

  4. I'm sure it will end the same way it came in -- with a shock to the senses, only the coming of fall is a good shock. I am happy to see summer leaving.

  5. Unfortunately, I still have at least another month of sultry. Yuck! Love the idea of putting nesting material in your feeder, what a great idea!

  6. Wonderful ideas for the end of summer. We've got at least another month of 'sultry summer' weather.

    Enjoy each day ~ FlowerLady

  7. We'll BBQ well into the winter months. Probably hang around here and break out the winter gear.

  8. I'm going to sleep in for an extra half hour since I won't have to get up at 4:00 to beat the heat to go jogging!..

  9. You just have to love Neil Young. I think we will be celebrating the end of summer by working but I am sure we will sneak in a few more auctions. I love staying outside till dark The fall has always been my favourite time of year so I am looking forward to it. B

  10. About your comment on my blog. HUGS B

  11. Nope no plans for winding down summer, just a whole lot of riding and training, hope you enjoy the last of your summer.

  12. I used to take my boys to a water park the day before school began. Now, they are out of the house - but your post brought back all kinds of memories!

  13. Hi Debi, you are right summer is almost over and I can't wait for a tad bit of cooler weather. So glad you survived Irene. To answer your question, I do believe the paint is available in every state. They are very particular about too many reps being in one area, so you might good your state with the paint name and see what comes up. They may even have a main website that lists their reps. Have a great rest of the week, T

  14. Haven't mapped
    out our game plan
    yet for the long
    weekend, but I like
    the idea of visiting
    a farmer's market.
    We have great fireworks
    on the Sunday before
    Labor Day, so that
    is a must. The rest
    will be go-with-the
    flow! Love that
    picture of the fireflies
    in the jar : )
    xx Suzanne

  15. Hi Debi. After a brief hiatus, I've "wrapped up summer" too. The storm, the stress, and life in general has tied me up... I think a nice walk on the beach would loosen the knots. Somebody take me there!