Summer is ending. There’s no getting around it. There are only a few more days of August and then September is here. That month brings with it colder weather, school, and all of the other things that mean that summer is over. Eventually, we’ll need to get the big coats out again and we’ll be watching the weather for snow. So for now, we’re enjoying the remaining moments of summer with the most quintessential of summertime activities.
(Once summer ends and school begins, our Doctor Who time will become much more limited so we’ve got to cram as much in as we can!)
What activities do you engage in as the summer winds down?
I’ve been averting my eyes and trying to shut out the truth, but I don’t think I can do it anymore. The leaves are already starting to change. The temperatures have dropped, meaning that pants are worn instead of shorts. I’ve even had to get out my (*gasp*) jacket. And, as the final nail in the coffin, it will soon be time to switch the calendar from September to October. It’s time to face the facts: Summer is over and Fall is here.
While the pool-time fun might be over for the next eight or nine months, and while I can’t sit outside anymore in shorts and a T-shirt, basking in the sun’s rays – at least without shivering in the chilly breeze, autumn fun is just around the corner.
Soon the leaves will fall off the trees making for fun walks. (I’m not sure why, but I’ve always loves the crunching sound of fall leaves under my feet.) Halloween is coming up as well. (NHL might go as Harry Potter this year.) Best of all, though, is the fact that the Oven Ban has been lifted.
During the summer months, when we’re fighting to keep the temperature in the house under 80, the last thing we want is a 400 degree oven pumping heat into our rooms. So from about mid-May through September, the oven goes mostly unused. We will bake occasionally, but that’s the exception, not the rule.
During the fall (and winter) months, though, I get free reign to use the oven. When it is 70 (or less) in the house, pumping in more heat isn’t as big of a deal. In fact, on some days, it’s downright desirable. (Everyone knows the adage "A watched pot never boils", but few know "An oven that is constantly opened to ‘check the temperature’ when the person is really trying to warm up won’t preheat quickly." I guess it doesn’t roll off the tongue as easily even if it is true.)
With the oven ready to use, I’m chomping at the bit to use it to it’s fullest. Here come the homemade pizzas, the roasted veggies, the baked lasagnas, and more.
What do you like cooking in your oven?
NOTE: The leaf image above is "Fall Leaves" from Gerald_G. It is available via OpenClipArt.org.
Today is the first day of school. This means that summer is over (unofficially, at least). My kids once again need to worry about getting ready in the morning, homework, and other "fun" school-related chores. Before the sun set on summer fun for the last time, though, we had one more fun moment. We went to Aunt S’s house by the lake. There, they enjoyed many fun activities with their cousins and other members of B’s family.
Ok, this is just a steep hill and not a mountain. Still, the boys had a blast climbing the mountain and running down it. I, meanwhile, liked climbing it for the view it afforded me.
What good is a house on the lake without a boat? Though NHL opted out in favor of the pool (more on that later), JSL and I went out with Nana, Papa, Cousin A and Uncle M. The trip began in an eventful manner with the engine dying. We were just far enough from the dock to see it slowly drift away with no way to get back. We did have a good view, though.
Luckily, Cousin A found a loose fuel injector line, fixed it, and we were good to go. JSL loved driving the boat and watching Cousin A water skiing.
The boat ride ended with a bang. Or rather a splash. JSL was standing at the front with Papa when a big wave hit the boat soaking both of them. (Sadly, my camera was pointed elsewhere at that moment, so I didn’t capture it.) JSL was first upset by the sudden face full of water but he quickly decided that it was funny instead.
Pool Time Fun
As mentioned before, NHL opted to go in the pool. As I understand it, he and Cousin S did some diving into the water. The next day, JSL, NHL, B, and I went to the pool together. B didn’t have her swimsuit, so the boys and I went into the water together. JSL was apprehensive, especially once he felt the cold water, but he soon got in the pool spirit and was laughing along with NHL and me.
Sand and Surf
Our last visit was to the beach right near the pool. There, NHL and JSL broke out some sand toys and had fun digging in the sand. We also walked all the way out to the buoys that mark the end of the "safe to walk/swim" area. Having grown up on Long Island, the beach brings back some great memories for me. I still find it very relaxing to just sit chest-deep in the water and let the waves rock me back and forth. I showed this to NHL and he agreed that it felt nice and calming.
Of course, calm isn’t as much fun and getting down and dirty in the sand.
Yes, school might be starting now. Their freedom to do whatever they want will be curtailed as things they WANT to do take a backseat to things they HAVE to do. Still, it’s nice that they had one last summer weekend milked for every ounce of fun it contained.