Any plans for the summer?

rob333May 28, 2013

The Miata is on its very last leg. But we cleaned out the inside, the glass, and the wheels. It looks pretty good. Drove it to my sister's house and then the pool yesterday. It was perfect weather all weekend long. I hope to spend a good deal of time outside this year. Even if I do nothing but sit in the air. I just don't seem to be getting out as much as I used to. My upstairs neighbors were on their boat every day this long weekend and that sounded good too. While the boy and I were cleaning out and up the car, we had on some tunes and that just sounded fantastic to have the stereo outside every night for dinner. I may rethink that once the summer humidity strikes, but for now, it's sounding pretty good. How about you? Boating, tennis, horeseback riding? Watching the sunset, gardening or just plain breathing in the air? Trips to go see family would be good too. Just curious, how everyone is faring.

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My summer plans are simple: if it's as hot and humid, this summer, as it is most of the summer months in the Mid-Atlantic, I'll stay inside in the A/C, except when I go to our neighborhood pool in the evening.

DH and I aren't going on long trips, anymore. Even a two-hour ride on Sunday to go to our great-granddaughter's birthday party--she will be two later this week--was hard. When you consider that it took two hours to get there, four hours there to visit and party, then another two hours to get home, it was a very long day. DH is not driving, anymore, so, it's me or nobody!

But it was worth it to see our great-grandchildren. Great-granddaughter's brother is 5 1/2 and very grown-up. He told us, "I've had lots more birthdays than she has!" "You're right", I told him, "but you've been around a few more years." We live far enough away, that unless it's a very special occasion, we usually don't do it in one day.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2013 at 6:29PM
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We don't have any special travel plans. It will be mostly spur of the moment kinda thing. On a hot day here in the valley, we will probably drive to Half-Moon-Bay or SF to escape the heat. It is usually 20-30 degrees cooler there.
I am looking forward to lighter cooking, a lot of salads.
A little bit of gardening.
The AC is my friend in the summer time.
I do remember our "young family" summers. The public swimming pool, the swim lessons. Going to Russian River, rent a cabin, swim in the river, rent a canoe. Go fishing in the lakes, camping in the woods by a river, play tennis etc...
I'm glad to have the memories and our children have fond memories from that time.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2013 at 6:45PM
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That sounds fantastic mwheel! It'll mean just as much to them that you came and saw them, I'm sure. I remember nieces and nephews holding up their sweet little hand, saying, "I'm this many", and I'd flash them both hands three or four times and then add on whichever single digit was left after decades. Many more birthdays. Wide saucer eyes! The wonder of children.

West, did ya have to say Half Moon Bay? Why don't you just stab me in the heart why doncha?! Summers in California. My goodness, that brings back so many memories. We'd go camping, for real camping, not in a cabin or camper, in sleeping bags, at Big Sur or Yosemite. Of coure, I'd try to follow the older kids as they waded across the stream to the little "islands", and I'd slip on the rocks and I'd be wet all day. Many times a day. We hiked a lot, but not any fishing. The coldest, freshest water I ever had was a spring at the top of a Yosemite hike. I never knew you could get cleaner water out of the ground?! Totally cool. We did eat pancakes made with beer, and that totally fascinated me. Can you tell I was really young? Heh. We had access to a pool in Monterey, but it was on base and it wasn't really all that much like public swimming. Nice, but not mainstream. That, I had to wait until we traveled to, and lived in,Tennessee. Why are childhood memories the fondest?

    Bookmark   May 29, 2013 at 7:49AM
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mwheel, I'm with you when it comes to special occasions.
DS had the big 50 birthday, and a friend hosted a party about 15 miles away, at the evening hour, and we had to drive the freeway home in the dark.We don't do driving in the dark much anymore, but we went and DS was so happy we were there. We were glad to make it back home.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2013 at 7:23PM
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rob, you paint a wonderful memory of your early childhood in CA. If you have a chance, introduce LF to your early life. Take a trip through your real life memories.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2013 at 7:51PM
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