By Liz, enjoying the onset of warm weather
We’re celebrating the approach of summer this month, and last week we talked about our favorite summertime activities as a kid. This week I want to know: What about now? How are we all spending our summers as an adult? Have our favorite activities changed? Any big plans this year?
For me, I’m not still riding my bike around the neighborhood pretending to be a superhero, but as soon as I put air in my tires I’ll probably still be riding it. And the beach – definitely the beach. If you need me, that’s where I’ll be.
Wickeds, what about you all?
Sherry: We are traveling some this summer, but it definitely isn’t our usual summer! We’re driving out to Colorado to attend an Ultimate Frisbee tournament. Our Australian friend, Christine, has a son playing in the tournament. We enjoyed seeing him play last year in Ohio. Then we hope to visit friends from the military in the area and friends in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Jessie: That sounds like fun, Sherry! I remember hearing how much you enjoyed watching the game last year! As for me, I plan to spend time hiking with my son, working while listening to music in the screen house, and sipping espresso tonics. We are doing a major remodel of our house at the beach so I will spend time near the ocean off and on, but not in the usual way. If I am lucky I will make it out to Utah to visit one of my sons. I am also writing the eigh
Julie: I love that the Harris family have become Ultimate Frisbee fans! And drinking espresso tonics sitting in a screen house sounds lovely. I started the summer season by taking last week off, which gave me time to ponder this question. Slowing down in the summer, taking walks, sitting outside to dine, eating lots of the summer fruits and veggies, and sitting on my sister’s back deck and laughing are part of the plans. I’ve also got a few events planned, but I try not to think too far into the future. I plan on enjoying every day.
Barb: I have a book due July 1, so the summer won’t start for me until then. But, shortly after that, we have friends coming for a few days (Maine is a great place for house guests), and then my granddaughter Viola for 10 days. While she’s here we’ll stay in Boothbay Harbor for a few days, since I have a couple of speaking gigs in the area. Then in August will be our week at the Jersey shore with our whole family and my brother’s family. My parents started this tradition and we’ve had a good run. Most of all I am going to love not having a deadline looming.
Edith/Maddie: Beach and relaxing sound great to me! One of the things I love most about summer is local fruits and vegetables, so I’ll be pottering in my back yard veggie garden and diving into local blueberries and sweet corn the minute they’re available at the farm store. Reading on the deck with a G&T is also a favorite way to relax. Hugh and I have reserved a week in Maine in July. Relaxing, spending time with his cousin up there, and exploring museums and brewpubs are on the agenda. Plus writing. Always writing.
Readers, how are you spending your summer? Let us know in the comments!