How about some questions about summer?!:) The weather here has been all about summer lately! Hot. Random thunderstorms. Muggy. Oh, and mosquitoes. Ugh. But, you will never (well, rarely) hear me complain about summer. Although mosquitoes are beyond annoying (and the entire species seems to survive off of me), Leslie’s ten questions for the month – found at Ten on the Tenth – are about summer. To be honest, I did not quite understand all the questions and/or I had absolutely no response. This post will be…um, a day late and more appropriately named Random Summer Thoughts on the Eleventh!!:) Let’s get into it:
What will make summer successful for you this year? Sticking to routine or a schedule. Sure, it may be a routine of the summer variety but having some type of routine is crucial for me. And summers tend to be when I most easily get sidetracked and derailed. And, as lovely as life in full-time summer mode sounds, it never works well for me. Closely related, for me, was another question that listed several “summer” songs or phrases and asked which one resonated most with me. I choose dog days of summer which typically refers to the oppressive heat and all the humidity of this season – of which we have plenty around here – but Merriam Webster included “a period of stagnation or inactivity” in its definition. Bingo. Exactly why schedule or routine is crucial for me. I do not want my summer to be total stagnation….physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually.
What do you look forward to doing this summer that you couldn’t do last summer because of Covid? What plans did you have last summer that had to be postponed or canceled altogether? We had to cancel our 35th wedding anniversary trip. Hugest sigh ever. That trip has not yet been rescheduled but we are hoping to make a few smaller trips in the next few months, although we really enjoying traveling during the fall. Fourth of July celebrations were basically canceled last year and I look forward to celebrating with family and friends again this year. Even today, we are attending a high school graduation party. It is just nice to celebrate milestones, special occasions, holidays, Sunday dinners, and even random Monday evenings together again.
Is there something new you look forward to trying this season? New recipe, new ‘do, new restaurant, new vacation spot? I have been “researching” Roan Mountain in Tennessee…and the small towns in the area. Thinking of staying in a cabin (but nothing that resembles camping!) Are you familiar with it? Have any thoughts or suggestions? And, yes, I desperately need a new ‘do. Ugh. For the most part, still cutting my hair myself – a bad quarantine habit that apparently I have not let go of. I want an idea of something new – at least a suggestion – before I give in and go pay (way too much) at the salon.
Share something you do on repeat every summer. The weekend after July Fourth, there is an annual birthday celebration for the City of Alexandria across the Potomac River from the Nation’s Capital. Similar to the Fourth, there are picnics, games on the lawn, live music, food trucks, the Marine Corps cannon…and the evening ends with fireworks over the river – done to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Complete with cannons fired!! We always look forward to this event with our friends and it was just confirmed that it is back on the schedule for this year!
Who will you connect with or reconnect with this summer? My son is coming home in July. He has been in Iowa for a year and will be moving to his next assignment in August (or September) and, yes, we stay “connected” but I am looking forward to connecting in person:)
How do you want to feel at the end of the summer? The perfect place to end because, truthfully, I want to feel connected. I want to connect – and reconnect – with friends that I have missed. With family that I love. I want to get together and be together. To spend quality time – face to face – with people. I am an introvert and, yes, I have to guard my personal space but connection is still very important. I have missed it and I plan to remedy that this summer!!
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