“I love how summer just wraps it’s arms around you like a warm blanket.”

Today is supposed to be warm, maybe even hot. Yesterday Skip, my factotum, was here all day getting the backyard and deck ready for summer. Looks like the timing was perfect. The vegetable garden was weeded, its fence mended, candles hung in the trees, furniture uncovered and cleaned, Gracie’s holes filled, including the one closest to China, backyard ornaments put into the ground and my favorite new addition set up from the heavy pine tree: two stars hung together with five tails extending from them all in white lights. I put them on the timer and last night the stars were beautiful. A few things remain, like planting the veggies and adding flowers and herbs to the pots and getting the shower ready, but that’ll wait until it’s warmer every day. I can’t help it. Seeing the deck ready makes me excited to be out there every day.

When I was a kid, and it was summer, we never stayed in the house, even when it rained. We’d find a leafy tree and stay under it to keep as dry as we could. Most days, though, we’d spend at the playground on the field at the bottom of our street. There were two college students there and at each of the playgrounds in town. They ran all the activities. One summer I painted a tray, and it was the best painting I’d ever done. Every summer I’d make lanyards or bracelets out of gimp. I could do all different knots. The first one I learned was the square knot then the round and then the flat. The round was for the lanyard and the flat was the best for a gimp bracelet. I made pot holders on that square loom with the hooks where you wove the cotton. I think I gave my mother one for every Christmas for years. I played horseshoes, checkers and softball and learned to play chess and tennis. For years I spend the entire day at that playground. The local paper, The Independent, had a playground section once a week,and I got my name in the paper a few times for winning at horseshoes and for being the winning pitcher in softball. Nothing makes a kid happier than to see her name in print.

I out grew the playground and spent summers round the house more. By the time I was a teenager, my friends and I were at the go out at night stage. I was on a drill team and we had drill practice two nights a week, and once every couple of weeks we’d go the drive-in. Some nights we just hung around the way teenagers do. My mother didn’t seem to miss the potholders.

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14 Comments on ““I love how summer just wraps it’s arms around you like a warm blanket.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    We didn’t have any playground like that anywhere near where i lived and I couldn’t go to the one I knew about by myself until I was too old anyway 🙂

    So mostly we played in the forest or played brännboll on the soccer field just outside my home. But I loved to go fishing no matter what kind of weather we had, I always told myself that it was best to fish on rainy days but I’m not sure, because I rarely got any fish anyway 🙂

    Sunny, windy and really warm here today 🙂 so now I must water the smallest plants so they don’t die 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      My brother used to go fishing at Horn Pond, the next town over. I’d go with him sometimes, and we’d to ride our bikes. Mostly he caught cat fish.

      We had the woods, far smaller than a forest and the swamp. WE never ran out of stuff to do.

      Absolutely gorgeous day today!!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I never got the hang of the gimp thing. I remember going to the playground a couple of times and playing checkers. I didn’t go to the playground that often. If I was at the lake, I was in the water. No time for gimp. I did make loopy potholders, though, but that was on my own.
    It’s sunny and warm here. I’ve watered my grass seeds a couple of times today because the wind is drying them up quickly. I even mowed a bit of grass just behind the house. I’ve also put a small load of laundry into the dryer. I feel quite virtuous and shall now slack off for the remainder of the day. 🙂
    Enjoy your lovely-sounding deck!

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      No water near us though the Stoneham pool was at the opposite end of town from where we lived. It was a long walk home after a day of swimming.

      It is so lovely and warm today. Gracie and I were out on the deck to catch some rays. I haven’t planted anything yet, but I’m already thinking about this weekend and my cucumbers. I buy small tomato plants.

      Finally brought the clothes up from the dryer and also washed my spread. Miss Fern threw up on it.

      Trivia tonight-the last for the season!

  3. Birgit Says:

    Happy sunny deck days!
    If you need some rain, just ask, I have leftover rain in my basement…

  4. Chirping birds, nest building, new flowers and even a pretty weed…I was on my way outside with the camera when I saw the rain coming across the field. I have never enjoyed being outdoors but I hate being cooped up worse.

    • katry Says:

      My deck is the best place to be all summer long. The birds fly in and out of the feeders. I can sit under the umbrella or the in the sun. I try and take pictures of the birds and of the dog lazing on th lounge. I so love summer.

  5. Bob Says:

    When I was a kid riding my bike while exploring the area and going to the public swimming pool was how I spent my summer vacations. When I was young my parents sent me to day camp which I enjoyed doing arts and activities. I was not very athletic and was the one always picked last. One year my parents sent me to over night camp for a week. I was about nine or ten and I hated camp. I didn’t like the non air-conditioned bunk house, community showers, most of the other kids (bullies) nor any activity other than swimming. That’s where I developed my love of watching the great outdoors from the great air-conditioned indoors.

    • katry Says:

      You made me remember the day camp I also went to and for which I was a counselor when I was in high school.

      I didn’t know anyone who went to overnight camp, but nine or ten seems sort of young. We didn’t have air-conditioning when i was that age so I wouldn’t have missed having it, but i don’t think I would have liked community showers either.

      • Bob Says:

        The sleep away camp was for boys only and boys don’t have any shame at that age. In Texas air-conditioning, even in the 1950s, was a necessity. Many of the houses which were built before WWII didn’t have AC but had attic fans which were better than nothing. By the time I moved to Texas all those houses either had a couple of window air conditioners or central air. The sun belt could only have experienced the meteoric growth since the 1950s because of air-conditioning. Thank you Willis Carrier.

      • katry Says:

        I didn’t know anyone with air-conditioning in the 50’s and hardly anyone in the 60’s. My parents finally bought window ones for the bedrooms, and I bought one at some point for my bedroom here but only because the renters next door would sit on the deck until late, and I’d have to shut my window to drown out the noise. An air conditioner drowned them out nicely. I now have central air but don’t usually need it until August.

  6. splendid Says:

    Thanks to all of you for your sweet Summer memories. How I love dropping by and hearing some great stories! xoxoxox

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