Thursday, April 23, 2009

Finding the Umm in Summer

Summer is my least favorite time of year. I despise heat.

For five of the last seven years, I’ve escaped to my favorite home away from home, Ashland, Oregon. There I revel in cool mornings and evenings. I also get to hang with my friends in the
Lithia Writers Collective.

What’s not to love?

Will I go this year? I don’t know yet, but I’m steeling myself for another Texas summer, just in case.

To psych myself up for that dreadful possibility and to make up for yesterday’s glum trinity, I’m determined to conjure some positive things about summer in my native state.

• Friday mornings around my friend V’s pool. She’s gracious enough to extend a standing invitation to the women of First Amendment Friday (i.e. our wine and conversation group), kids and all.

• Consumption of the year’s summer beverage with friends and family (in moderation, of course). Our standard
Pinot Grigio  (from Target! In a box! Go get some! will likely, this summer be supplanted by a vodka concoction. The current contenders are sweet tea vodka, mixed with either water or lemonade; fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and plain vodka, with or without a salted rim; and blood orange Italian soda with vodka. My sister-in-law plans something that involves soaking pineapple chunks in vodka, too. Vote now for your favorite.

• Enjoying (in the morning, early afternoon, or at night) the
patio furniture I finally talked The Man into purchasing at the end of last summer thanks to a ridiculous combination of discounts. If you sit without shade, you will not be enjoying anything.

That’s three….do you have any to add?


Anonymous said...

Our summers aren't as hot as yours I'm sure, but I'm not hugely keen on the heat either - it just makes you a bit sweaty & red, you feel uncomfortable, get a headache & public transport is unbearable.

You also have to wear very little, slather on sticky sun cream (then wait half an hour before exposing your body to the sun)I prefer warm weather when you can sit outside & not have to wear a coat and misty, rainy mornings where it's atmospheric & interesting.

I could never live in a country where there was just one type of weather; how boring it would be!

Kelly Hudgins said...

I'm with you on the weather, UC!

Thanks for following.

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

I came to your blog, because of reading your comment elsewhere.... Regarding loving pen and paper. This caught my eye, since I'm trying to rev up my lost snail mail correspondence. Never should have let it go poof, 'cause it seems harder and harder to find people who want to keep it alive... what with the computer.

Oh I love my computer! I blog of course. But I too love old fashioned letters.

So, I hope you'll take a few minutes to visit my blog {linked below} and look around at it... And see if perhaps you'd like to try snail mail correspondence with me.

I'm in the midst of a week {mostly} without having comments turned on, on my blog. An experiment. :-) But my email addy is on my Side bar, so you could tell me Yes or No, to the snail mail.

Please and thank you. Oh and I too dislike heat!!! But we don't have too long bouts of it, in NYS summers, thankfully.

'Aunt Amelia'
'Aunt Amelia's Attic'