Friday, May 19, 2006

Friday Fourteen (because I'm too late for the Thursday 13 - big surprise, no?)

Y'all! I made a LIST! (Go me!)

Fourteen, count 'em folks, fourteen things I love about summer.

1) The bright blue sky, a warm breeze, and flowers. All the sights, smells, and sounds of summer, really. (Sweat doesn't count.)

2) Grilling - everything tastes better grilled, with few exceptions.

3) Watermelon, as far as I know, is one exception. I've never had it grilled, but it's really good chilled.

4) Picnics - if you're gonna cook outside, ya might as well eat outside too. The 5-second rule does not apply at picnics, especially to watermelon.

5) A tall glass of iced tea. And unlimited refills. Sweetened with sugar.

6) Homemade ice cream - vanilla, with butterfinger chunks. YUM! Hand-cranked, y'all.

7) Swimming - just remember to wait an hour after eating.

8) Trips to the beach. I love to walk along the shore collecting seashells with waves lapping at my feet and sand between my toes.

9) Lounging by the pool or on the beach and getting lost in a novel. Now that's relaxing.

10) Banana Boat tanning oil with SPF4, sundrenched complexions and bleached-out hair. And freckles. Freckles are adorable.

11) Children running around after dark chasing fireflies and playing "Ghost, ghost, are you out tonight?"

12) Camping and flyfishing at the Chatooga River. I've never caught anything, but I learned to cast last year. Hubby's the fisherman.

13) Nighttime critter sounds. I like sleeping with the window open and a fan blowing if it's not too hot outside. Like camping, only comfortable.

14) Rain. The sound and the smell of it.

8 comments:

BooMama said...

#6 - YUMMMM. :-) If there's anything better treat in the world, I don't know what it is.

Barb said...

Woohoo! I love it! I knew you'd capture the very essence of summer and you did. And I really appreciate that you didn't mention I tagged you for this, LATE on Thursday, because I'm still learning about this bloggin',ya know?

I don't know if you've read Dorothea Benton Frank, but you soooo remind me of her stories. She writes about the low country of South Carolina and it amazes me how much you sound like her when you describe things. My favorite is Sullivan's Island. She's southern sassy, like you!

Brenda said...

I haven't read her, Barb, but I'll definitely look her up.

Y'all are so encouraging!

xoxoxo

Diane said...

Love your list, Brenda, and especially #13, boy that brings back memories.
Thanks for reminding me of that. :-)

Blessed Beyond Measure said...

Reading through your list, and all these other lists by southerners or southerners at heart, is a big warm fuzzy for me, up here in Pittsburgh (where by the way its rained the last SEVEN days, and the high has been in the 50's!!!!!

So thanks for your list which put me right there with you. Makes me want to make a pitcher of sweet tea, eat ice cream, buy watermelon, and look for fireflies. And anything, anything Barb recommends you read - do! I ask her and Sarah for my reading list and dont try to figure it out myself.

Praying for your Prodigal said...

I'm so glad you posted! On this cloudy May day in Minneapolis--I loved reading about what summer is going to be like! Sometimes when it is so chilly yet in May--I have my doubts that summer will arrive--but you have given me something to hope for!

A resounding YES! to all 14!

Diane

Brenda said...

It's been chilly here this month, too. What ever happened to global warming?

HolyMama! said...

hand cranked homemade ice cream... oh.... wow.