Sunday, July 22, 2012

~Summer Snapshots~

"Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability. " ~Sam Keen

                                            Victoria magazine

Here we are knee deep into Summer,
and I thought I would share a few snippets of what Summer looks like
from my point of view
This is the Midwest  and though I don't live on a farm, I do live in a rural area
so summer means;
fields of corn rolling out into the distance for as far as the eye can see.

 with their little gold tassel hats dancing in the sun

which leads us to
roadside stands and Mom and Pop farms selling
the delicious results

The meaning of making hay while the sun shines :)
  Here the dinosaur sized bales are rolled up in preparation
for winter

I live in 'small town America'.  Very small town. And I love that.
 But even with that being said,
one still doesn't expect random horses and or mules in one's front yard.

Apparently they had escaped the confines of their situation and were now on a leisurely stroll through town. Here they stopped for a moment to visit with the horse in the field behind our house to discuss their adventure, and share any latest gossip.  In case you didn't know, horses are very 'gossispy'.

Warm weather always means lot of these:
Yippee !!!

Summer days roll along,
Then before you know it, fireworks stands are springing up overnight.

When Mr. Wonderful asked what this post was about
he said he had a great contribution;
He caught this little tree frog posing for his close up
uh........thank you, Honey??
note to self: no further contributions from Mr. Wonderful

As we settle into the HEAT of Summer
what could be better than lazy afternoons spent at the pool

with a good hat and a good book?

Lizzie agrees that Summer days are meant for swimming,
but she prefers the nearby creek.

 If it's Summer, then that means lots of stops at
 for the very best frozen custard

Nothing left to see here folks.....move along

Here's the lovely vegetable garden,
that Mr. Wonderful coaxes and cajoles all season long

And then comes the payoff. After the soil has warmed in the June sun
we get to enjoy the bounty from the  Good Earth.

If you could pluck the word 'Summer' out of the dictionary and place it on your tongue
it would taste like
 vine ripened yellow tomatoes and  fresh basil from the garden
drizzled with a good  olive oil and a pinch of salt.

Another pure taste of Summer is
cucumbers and  red onions in a lovely vinaigrette

These are the flavors I  happily wait for all year long.
And before you know it, it's the end of July.

I hope you have enjoyed the tour of my little corner of the world....
and enjoy the rest of your summer


  1. ahh summer time in the country, you cannot beat it! Fields of corn and ice cold creeks, my absolute favorite. I would not trade growing up in a small town, nearby rural areas for nothing! Wonderful post as always my friend!

    1. Thank you Peacelover. Yes, we are blessed that we get to be surrounded by so much beauty that this earth has to offer. Have a great week.

    2. That was a beautiful walk, through summer, I loved it !!!

    3. Thank you so much for your sweet comment. Stop by anytime. :)

  2. Hi, Terri -
    I would love to experience summer in the Midwest. See the corn fields.....rummage through yard sales for some Midwestern antique white ironstone pieces (in popular prairie patterns such as wheat and corn)....and tour the small towns! Are there still many drive-in movie theaters? What I love most about summer: the lonnnnng days.

    1. No, not MANY drive-in theaters as there once was. But there is ONE not too far from me. The long days are fine...........but right now, we're in the middle of oppressive heat. And a lonnnnng day just means more hours of HEAT!!! Yikes!!! Ready for a break.

  3. Heheee! I had to laugh.. I have that SAME exact Jane Austen book. :) Unfortunately I started it BEFORE I started grad school, and that promptly halted the moment all the studying began. Can't wait to have a break and be able to read for fun again though! We'll have to compare notes on it. :)

    1. I saw it on YOUR BLOG and thought it sounded good.
      So I found a copy. I am enjoying it, it's very well written. Ha Ha .
      Take care.

  4. I loved this post! As you know, I also live in a small town with a small town name..Pleasant Hope. How quaint is that?! I also had a horse show up in my yard...looking into my window when I woke up one morning. All this is so familiar! I'm so happy to be a transplanted city girl into the country. Nothing beats it!

    Hey! You have yellow tomatoes and haven't given me even one??

    1. I always thought that 'Pleasant Hope' sounded like it should be in a Laura Ingalls book. The Little House in Pleasant Hope? Yes, it is a blessing to be surrounded by so much nature, so much beauty.


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