On staying home and sweet summer

This August will mark one year of not working. One year of staying home, of making my own schedule and trying my darndest to keep it. One year of not driving at least twenty miles to the nearest town, of not going into the ditch during a storm, of not hitting deer or pheasants or coons.

One year of making peace with myself, with home.

It’s been pretty swell, I suppose, except for those long, never-ending winter days. And if you’ve been stopping in here now and then, you know what I am talking about…

But summer, oh sweet summer… you puts those winter blues to shame.

South Dakota flower
Because summer means produce gardens, blooming flowers, pups on the deck, walks with friends, sandy beaches, bright nail polish, iced coffee (not really), driving around, The Bachelorette (did I just say that?), books, animals and so much more.

Freely marching to your own beat.

South dakota bird

It also means a bit of travelling, of camping… of campfires. Of four-wheeler rides out to pasture, toward a lone tree welcoming me.

Summer means a lot of things.

South Dakota tree

So that’s a little of summertime around here.

I’d love to hear a few of your favorite things about summer, and what it means to you?

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43 thoughts on “On staying home and sweet summer

  1. I can soooo relate! Polished toenails, flip flops, summer thunderstorms, ice cream cones, walks down country roads with the dogs, yard sales, and lightning bugs, the smell of fresh cut grass……watching the big pick up trucks pulling the hay wagons behind……Summer in the country.
    I resigned from my teaching position in June of 2007….so, four years for me. I’m still getting used to being home. I do home school the 3 kids but, that aside….there is always something to do around the house. A woman’s work is never done, and that is the gospel truth!!!
    Love reading your blog, my friend!
    P.S. I’ve watched The Bachelor(ette) many times. It is fun….though I find myself yelling at the person, “WHY DID YOU PICK HIM!!!”

  2. I love how much there is to do in the summer time. It feels like there is a never-ending amount of fun that can be packed into each day. This summer my favorite thing is checking the garden each day for more vegetables to be eaten.
    I often long for more fun things during the winter. Guess with not being able to go outside, it cuts the list down quite a bit.

  3. Well it’s winter here now and the summer seems so far off. But as Shelley said “If winter comes can spring be far behind” and spring is always followed by summer.
    Enjoy your summer and the time you now have to explore other ways to enjoy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Nice, summery blog — and GREAT lilies!! Thanks so much for tweeting about my post on getting old (even though YOU are so young!) — I just love the way you describe your life so honestly and tenderly. It takes a lot to let go of a job and just let yourself settle into your home life — but what a lot you can learn from the experience!! I love that you take us along on your journey of introspection!

  5. Great Blog! The picture of the lilies is a perfect example of the beauty of Summer. Achingly lovely flowers.

    Some of the things Summer means to me: the smell of clover flowers warmed in the sun, clothes on the line, the wonderful sound of cottonwood leaves in a light wind, bare feet, gardening (not so fun this year), bonfires….

  6. The sound of lawn mowers, the fragrance of flowers and freshly cut grass, beaches, runs with the pup, trickling streams, the sound of ice tinkling in every drink glass, colors everywhere, splashing swims, kids laughing, fireflies lighting up the lawn every night, open windows, warm breezes…… ah, summer…..

  7. Great photos!
    Summer to me is working with in my yard, going to the racetrack on Saturday nights, going to boat races in other towns, classic car shows….and going barefoot as much as possible!

  8. I love the heat. I’m usually cold all the time, so a 40 degree doesn’t bother me in the slightest, but it annoys everyone else. I also love that it stays lighter for longer. The sun makes me happy!

  9. long, long days. I live in the Westernmost part of the Eastern time zone so our summer nights seem to last forever.

    I love fireflies… watermelon … farmer’s markets… fresh fruit stands… tan lines … screen doors … oscillating fans … reading poolside … skirts & tanned legs… painted toes, bangles and tank tops .. baseball on the radio and supper on the deck.

    I love summer .. but not the heat :).

    Congrats on being home (almost) 1 year … sometimes adjusting to that new “schedule” (and that feeling of all there is to do now that you have all the time in the world – HA) is a challenge!!

    Cheers, MJ

    • I agree about the heat thing. A perfect summer day, in the mid-70s, works for me, but today is supposed to be near 100.

      And thanks for the congrats. It really is challenging when you feel like you should be “doing” something all the time. But somehow home keeps ya busy ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Ah, I’m still adapting to having a summer off- my first in several years. I’m trying to figure out the “schedule” thing, but part of my has regressed to childhood when summer meant sleeping in and spending all day on the beach. Of course, the necessary tasks have been completed, but I still spend most days waiting for Hubby to come home so we can grill, take a walk by the lake, go for ice cream, and ride the motorcycle on the weekends. Discipline: it’s overrated.

    Great post!

  11. I must say I have a love/hate relationship with summer…. I love the gardening, the long days, the lack of ice, the open windows, the fresh fruit, and going to the beach. I hate the heat and have trouble doing too much if it gets too hot. Fortunately I live someplace that rarely gets into the high 80s, but it is still tough. (p.s. I love your photos, especially the sweet little sparrow)

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  13. Loved your summery thoughts! Now that I’m retired, you would think that summer wouldn’t mean as much to me since I’m pretty much on vacation all the time. But I still associate summer with vacationing at my grandparents or going to Cape Cod with our kids. Summer holds such sweet memories, it still is my favorite season. It seems so alive.

  14. LOVE the last pic! PS: I have reconsidered and if I am the lucky winner of the giveaway I am ALL OVER YOUR RECIPES BABY! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ahem, I mean, pretty please and thank you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. Summer here is far too short and must be savored and sucked like a rack of baby back ribs. (Can you tell I’m hungry for lunch?)

    Maine summers are sun and sand and cold ocean waves. Eating outside, shooing and killing mosquitoes. Sunscreen scents and driving with the windows all down. Tousled hair. Kids fighting and making up. Grass growing and growing and being mowed for the umpteenth time. Fun and happiness dotting the chores of everyday life, and the warmth making everything seem better.

  16. As a teacher, I work throughout those cold months and spend my summers at home. I can’t tell you how refreshing, motivating, and peaceful those months can be. Love my summers home.

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