“What shall you do all your vacation?’, asked Amy. “I shall lie abed and do nothing”, replied Meg.”

Yesterday was a sweat producing day, a day for the air-conditioner which was on all afternoon and night, but I turned it off this morning though it is still a bit warm. It’s just that the mornings are so lovely I hate to miss them sitting behind closed doors and windows. Right now there is a little breeze from the window behind me, the birds are singing and the neighborhood is gloriously quiet as if I’m alone in the world. I like that feeling sometimes. Last night it rained, but I didn’t hear it. Today might reach 80˚ but it will drop to the 60’s tonight. Tomorrow’s forecast has the nighttime temperature at 59˚. That sounds delightful.

My energy comes in spurts sometimes dictated by my back. Yesterday my sole accomplishments were to re-set the flag holder and screw in the hook off the deck which holds a bird feeder. Both were victims of the wind. The bird feeder had been filled but it fell to the ground and was emptied. I’m thinking the spawns had a picnic. Now that the hook is fixed I’ll go and retrieve the items which fell off the deck and refill the feeder. I am already on my second load of laundry, and I have to go buy Gracie food and drop a few things off at the dump. That, for me, is quite the busy day.

My sisters used to give my mother dandelion bouquets. She’d act thrilled as if she had been given the rarest flowers. She’d put the bouquet in a jelly glass and then in the middle of the table. The dandelions were brilliant yellow and didn’t seem at all like a weed should be.

My father always got two weeks’ vacation, and he took them in the summer. Most of the time we didn’t go away as it was too expensive though I do remember the trip to the island in Maine and the Niagara falls trip, but that’s it; instead, we’d go places close to home. I remember going to the beach on weekdays when the traffic was light, and there were parking spaces near the water. We’d stay most of the day. A couple of nights we’d go to the drive-in. Sometimes we’d go to Maine for a weekend and stay at my father’s friend’s cottage. I always found that boring. The water was too cold, and there was little to do. The museum trips were my favorite. I remember standing in the Egyptian section at the MFA and marveling at how tall the sarcophagi were. I still get that feeling when I visit the MFA even now. Once during the two weeks we’d go out to dinner, a rare occasion for us. We’d go to Kitty’s where the food was cheap and plentiful. It never occurred to me that we didn’t have enough money to go away. I never felt deprived, and I loved being surprised by every day.

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  1. Hedley Says:

    In Britain, summer holidays meant August and that meant a very high density of birthdays in early May. My parents, my sister, the list is endless. It all makes sense really,

    Growing up, our destination was usually Bognor Regis to stay with my Grandparents. Each morning my sister and I would walk down Silverston Avenue, judging gardens as we went. Our destination was the newsagent to pick up whatever comic had been issued that morning. Sometimes the comics would have a Summer Special – a bumper edition but that meant no new publication for two weeks.

    I take time off as and when I think that it is appropriate. I have a general idea of the number of days but nothing really specific. There is less pressure now the kids are grown but Prince time is especially wonderful and we are going to England when he is 9.

    • olof1 Says:

      Here in Sweden it’s midsummer that gives a boost to the population around Mars the next year. Strangely enough vacation time doesn’t seem to have that effect here 🙂

  2. katry Says:

    My Dear Hedley,
    I know the Prince is probably counting the days until he is nine. That will be the most wonderful trip for all of you. The Prince gets to see where you grew up, meets more of his family and spends all that time with you!

    It does make sense. We have two birthdays in August, happenstance I think.

    We never stayed with our grandparents. One set lived in the same town and the other in the city. I would loved to have stayed there as I found the city fascinating even as a little kid.

    • Hedley Says:

      August ? I am calling Thanksgiving

      The Prince has made it quite clear that he would not object to another visit to Mickey’s place when he is 8. He does have an ability to map our lives.

    • katry Says:

      Thanksgiving is yours.

      He knows you’ll be more than happy to oblige. Smart boy that Prince!

  3. olof1 Says:

    Just as hot here as it has been lately but a strong wind has made it rather nice anyway, just as long as one doesn’t move 🙂 Tomorrow will cool down and the weekend will be cool and rainy they say and after that the heat will return. It was 50F here this morning, I loved it 🙂

    The only thing I’ve done today, beside the morning walk (we don’t take any for the rest of the day now when it is as hot as it is, the old boys can’t take it) is to go to the grocery store in Gudhem. I had for once ordered a few plants, something I rarely do since I try to keep the Spanish forest slug away from my area. Two hardy? bamboo and a Kiwi plant. Too hot to plant anything now so they will manage well in their quarantine until it cools down.

    I also bought a new mobile phone but that didn’t requier any strength, the phone company called me 🙂 The old one is behaving odd and sometimes it just shuts down and sometime it just freeze. I don’t have any old time telephone any longer so I really need a new one. It’s a Sony that can take water and dust. I don’t really care about the water part, why should I bring it with me if I take a bath or shower? But working with powder paint means no matter how much I protect it powder will make its way in to the phone and I think that’s why the old one is giving up 🙂

    Have a greatm day!

    • katry Says:

      My house is only 2˚ warmer than if I had the air going so I’ll hold off a while. That wind is like my breeze from the north-facing window.

      We have been quite lucky in not having extremely hot days though a couple of humidity-filled days were beastly. I need to venture out shortly to get my errands done. I seem to take my time.

      Good luck with your new phone. I always like new electronic toys. My phone is an old one but it works just fine.

      Stay cool and enjoy your day.

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    My father got a week vacation in July. My mother always had the summers off when we were in grade school. Vacation was usually a week at The Lake, usually in our own rented cottage or staying with my uncle who owned a place there. If we had our own cottage, we took the cat with us which was amusing because the cat hated the car ride and spent the entire time underneath the front seat hacking up. He loved the woods at the lake and didn’t want to come home again after a week up there. I can’t say I blame him. Neither did I.

    I’m planning on seeing the quilt exhibit at MFA next week. I hear the Magna Carta is in town, too. It’s on my list.

    The new AC unit arrived late yesterday but it was too hot to wrestle with it so it’s still in the box. It’s cool enough that I don’t need it so I won’t attempt it today either.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      If we could, the dog came with us. If not, he stayed with my grandparents who really didn’t care for animals. He kept escaping back to our house, and my grandfather would have to go get him. My grandfather wasn’t happy. Staying home made it quite easy.

      I haven’t any trips planned to Boston, but I haven’t been to the MFA in quite a while. I think it might just be time.

      Kind of ironic to have a new air-conditioner but it was too hot to uncrate it.

      Have a great rest of the day.

      • Caryn Says:

        I know. The AC unit came very late in the day and the worst of the heat was past. Nights have been fine so I wouldn’t have been using it anyway.

      • katry Says:

        I used mine last night. My bedroom is always one of the hottest rooms in the house. It is on the third floor and gets the afternoon sun so it hasn’t time to cool down at all. I used my window unit, and we all slept quite comfortably.

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