“Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.”

I should be outside wabbling “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” as today is perfect. The humidity is gone, the sun is shining and it is only 72°. Last night the sky darkened and winds blew from the north so I expected a tremendous storm. We got one for about five minutes. The huge drops pounded the deck, and I was hoping for thunder and lightning. I’m still hoping. The storm was a bust.

I declare today a deck day. I’ll haul out my iPad and the magazines I got yesterday and sit and enjoy the day. I do have to fill the bird feeders and water the veggies, but those are my only tasks of the day.

My first cherry tomato is ripe. Fireworks are in order!

The roads were filled this morning when I went to breakfast. I found a booth right away in my diner, but within a short time, crowds were waiting outside for seats. The crowd is a sign summer has definitely started here, but, for those of you who are skeptics,  I even have further proof of this change in seasons. As I was going to the diner, the driver in front of me for what seemed like forever put his blinker on four times before he turned. I cursed. The air turned blue. Yup, that’s my summer color!

It’s a short post today as I can see the deck out my window from here in the den. The breeze is ruffling the leaves, the birds are singing and I swear I can hear my name being repeated over and over again.

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19 Comments on ““Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Cape Cod in the summer is like Florida in the winter, the land of returning snow birds. Florida is the State of the continuous left turn signal 🙂 It’s the State where viewing the road through the steering wheel is considered a normal driving technique. I am going to type smilies at the end of my sarcastic humor sentences so as not to offend any of your other readers 🙂

    Summer in Texas is always a challenge. This year the challenge will be preventing rolling black outs on hot summer afternoons. The power industry would rather shut down coal fired generating plants rather than spend the money to install the equipment to clean up the emissions and then blame the President for enforcing the Clean Air Act. I might be sitting under a tree in my front yard reading a book on a 100 degree plus day while I wait for the power to return. Election year politics is really a contact sport.

    How do you keep your pets from urinating on your tomato plants and keep the insects from enjoying the fruit before you? Anything I plant just dies and my plants never get to the fruit stage 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Yup, the snow birds are all back here now. I don’t think any of my readers fall into that category. Zoey and Me live in Florida so he doesn’t count.

      I laughed at your description of viewing the road through the steering wheel. I see the car in front of me and sometimes I swear no one is driving.

      I know your weather from my time in Africa when it sometimes hit 120°. For us, it was the water which was often turned off, sometimes three or four days a week, to conserve during the dry season.

      I spray my plants with hot pepper wax which is safe for use at any time, on fruits, vegetables and ornamental plants. As for Gracie, I have a small fence around the veggie bed which she could easily jump but hasn’t chosen to as nothing on the other side of it grabs her interest. She has plenty of other places to dig and does.

  2. Hedley Says:

    Big Rick and I hit the lake “there are lots of attractive female joggers” says Big Rick. I don’t argue with Big Rick
    We got back to the minivan and I was talking to a guy dressed in a racing outfit who was inspecting the gear box on his street bike..”problem?” says I , “getting a lot of noise from the back” says the racing guy….”oh, that’s probably my partner” I respond.

    We don’t have racing gear but that’s ok.

    Weeding is done, the house is quiet and my wall clock is pounding out the beat of each second. We are on the clock, it kicks off in three hours with the winner facing Germany on Thursday.

    need to get ready and adopt the “Dr Who” position…Come on England

    • olof1 Says:

      I’m holding my thumbs and crossing my fingers already! It’s a bit hard to do anything else but it’s worth it if they win 🙂

      • Hedley Says:

        Christer and Kat, Thank you so much ! Now I must take up position behind the sofa.
        Inspired by Kat, I am playing the Mikado in full and holding off on TV coverage until 2.00 pm EST

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I’m glad you and Big Rick could do a bit of “sightseeing.”

      Haha!! How did Big Rick respond to that?

      I’m cheering right along with you!!

  3. olof1 Says:

    The morning was wonderful here but then things changed. Rain, rain, rain, thunder and then some rain and it still continues and will so until Wednesday morning. To bad the flies doesn’t drown 🙂

    It’s spring with the return of cranes that is worst here, lots of insane tourists that must have bought their driving license because they drive as they don’t know any traffic rules at all. Now the traffic runs smoothly most days thankfully.

    Hot pepper wax? Never heard of it! Tell me more! Most problems with my plants can be solved with soap solutions but some are just to persistent even to that.

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      I wouldn’t mind a little rain! We haven’t had any to speak of in a long time.

      I’ll be stuck with tourists every day the whole summer and then on weekends through October. On rainy days, we have learned never to leave the house as touristrs roam looking for something to do and clog up all the roads.


  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I don’t live in a tourist town but my horse did. Whenever I was there I had the same anti-tourist complaints. They don’t know where they are driving. They don’t know where they are walking. They clog up the streets and sidewalks. They cause the Chamber of Commerce to do silly things like have week-long sidewalk festivals which only benefit tourist businesses and drive away the regulars from every place else. So if I wanted a spiffy t-shirt I was in paradise but if I needed to get into the feed and grain store, I was SOL.
    And now I am going to go listen to Tom Lehrer sing the chemical elements to the tune of something from the Pirates of Penzance because that is as close as I am willing to get to G&S. 🙂
    It is the same lovely day up here after a heavy downpour and thunderstorm last night.
    Enjoy the deck!

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      You’re so right about the regulars being driven away. I go crazy when places I go to all the time are filled with people from everywhere but here. Rainy days are the worst of all as cars fill all the main roads as tourists flee from their small cottages or motel rooms to find something to do. The movie theatewr is so full they park on the grass and in any available space.

      I like Pirates as well.

      I would have loved a thunderstorm, but alas, I was disappointed!

  5. Zoey & Me Says:

    That deck calls to you because you don’t have that long a summer up there. It’s good the snow birds are gone from here but not so good because we miss their money. You haven’t really driven until you drive I-95 in Florida. Out of State tags with drivers doing 45 mph and hesitating at off ramps. We are used to them and use extreme caution. You may have the deaf ones who can’t hear the clicker on their turning signal. We get that too. It’s a downpour here but for some odd reason no strong winds. Debby heads west in a few days and will make landfall in Texas, not Florida. So maybe we’ll finally see the sun tomorrow.

    • katry Says:

      They bring their money back with them!

      My deck weather is usually early June to late September as fall is a delight here.

      I follow those same out-of-state tags as they slow down and check out the sights along Route 6A or 28. It always amazes me that they constant clicking doesn’t get their attention.

      My sister outside of Boston got tons of rain yesterday but it had died out when it got down here.

  6. peterrocker Says:

    “The birds calling your name over and over again”???
    Time to put a cork in the wine bottle dear girl.

    • Kat Says:

      I didn’t mean the birds-not enough wine to convince me of that. I think it’s more like a longing.

      • peterrocker Says:

        I’m kidding Petal.
        My stupido sense of humour doesn’t translate without the twinkle in my eye.

      • Kat Says:

        Not necessarily kidding-substitute a bit of vodka and some pineapple juice, and I’ll hear anything!

  7. Bill S. Says:

    A lot of complaints about tourists, but aren’t we all tourists at some time in our lives, at different places we visit? I’m sure the “regulars” complain about us too. It’s like saying, “Sure is a lot of traffic on the road today,” not thinking that we who are in our cars are all part of the traffic on the road today.

    Rain expected this week, so we don’t have to water.

    • Kat Says:

      You are right as I have been a tourist myself, but down here, the tourists are epidemic, especially with the economy. The Cape is a quick ride so this has become a desired vacation spot.

      Usually when I travel it’s somewhere across the sea so I don’t have a car but end up with public transportation. I’m a great train rider.

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