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Friday, July 27, 2012

Blowing Through the Jasmine In My Mind.....

"Summer breezemakes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind."  Seals & Crofts

Summertime in Florida... is just... too hot!  I love how pretty everything is.. how green and lush it is here in the South, I love the fresh summer produce, and the sounds of the crickets at night.  I love the gorgeous summer night sky, and all the sounds of the summer night...   but the unGodly heat, humidity, and the Jumanji sized mosquitoes are the WORST.  

During the summer, some days it's so hot, even in the air conditioned house, you just don't want to turn on the stove.  Forget heating up that oven!   Getting up early, and getting errands done, so you can go hide indoors during the heat of the day.

At the beginning of the summer, I got new sunglasses.  I know some folks go for the ooh-la-la ones with the fancy design or the name brand.  Not me.  I want the ones used by construction workers... so dark that people think I just had cataract surgery.  They have "sides" on them too... I don't know about anywhere else, but the freakishly bright Florida sun makes hellacious glare. The combination of heat and glare can make for a seriously wicked headache.  So I am all for the ugly dark shades.  

Right now our driveway is NOT "so hot you can fry an egg on it".  Nope.  It's hot enough to fry the carton of eggs, a side of bacon, and even hoe cake.  We've had family get blisters on the bottoms of their feet THROUGH THEIR SHOES... after hours walking on scorching hot asphalt.  Even sand at the beach will fry your feet.  Yet another reason I love my Birkenstocks. That thick cork is truly your friend. :)

There's something about summertime that makes eating shrimp, having a cold drink, (beer, cider, sweet tea, or Co-cola) just a pure treat.  I like putting raw green peanuts in the crockpot and cooking them for hours, and then enjoying.  Summer afternoon naps... the heat just "takes it out of ya".   Peeking through my lacey dining room curtain and seeing tons of pink blossoms on the branches of our crepe myrtle tree, and the afternoon is starting to make long shadows... it's hot as Hades out there, but it sure is pretty.

Yesterday it was 102F.  I called my Granny, and she tells me tomorrow, (today) is supposed to be the "hottest day we've had so far".  Oh, goody.  "At least 110F," she says.  I told my hubby last night, "I ain't going NO WHERE tomorrow."   Joke was on me.  I was up early, going and picking up shrimp for dinner.  

So now it's late afternoon.  Eldest daughter is napping on the loveseat.  Both our dogs are stretched out, snoring.  My youngest is quietly playing with her dollhouse... in her own little world.  

Lazy summer afternoons... you just can't beat 'em. :)   


  1. Susan,

    I can feel the heat of Florida even though I am sitting here typing with cold fingers! I bet you only have to show your wet washing to the sun, and it dries instantly. The girls and I hung out our washing this morning and our fingers became numb... then they started to hurt as they warmed up again... and we don't even live anywhere REALLY cold. I wonder if people bother hanging out washing in REALLY cold places...

    Susan, your writing is so lively and visual. I love reading your posts. I hope you are thinking about writing that cookbook we were discussing!

    God bless.

    PS I think I'll visit you in the cool season. I'm not very tough.

  2. Haha!! Sue, yes, it darn near does dry instantly! :)

    Thank you so much for the kind comments!! Hmmm maybe I will do a cookbook. I certainly enjoy jabbering away about cooking. :) I don't think my recipes are any different than anyone else though is the problem!! I guess I could just go with them and my little 'tweaks'. :) Thanks again so much!! :)


    1. Susan,

      It's the 'jabber' that sells cookbooks, I'm sure. People want to read an interesting commentary, as well as get some great recipes. Anyway, that's what I look for... and beautiful photos, of course! Give it a go!