Friday Five

Friday Five: Hot Fun in the Summertime?

Bug Band  As posted by yours truly at RevGalBlogPals:

It's possible I may have a bad attitude about the arrival of summer. On the eve of the Solstice I left for a mission trip to a town in Maine bordering Quebec. Beset by a swarm of bloodthirsty black flies, and a "classic allergic reaction" according to the PA at the Urgent Care, I had to return the next morning to a week of Benadryl and ice packs. (If only I had known about Bug Band *before*…)

But I don't want that to ruin summer for the rest of you. So I invite you to share five things you love–or don't–about summer. The tone is up to you!

1) Happy music about summer — "Hot Fun in the Summertime," "Saturday in the Park." Any music that reminds me of being 17 or so, driving around in my mom's Ford Country Squire wagon with the woody siding, car full of a ridiculous number of friends, driver barely tall enough to see over the dashboard.


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2) 4th of July — I really enjoy it. I like the special food and the fireworks, and I love the excuse to watch "1776" for the millionth time and renew my love affair with John Adams. 

(It's good my daddy can't read this. He was a Jeffersonian Democrat.)

No matter how I'm feeling about our country, remembering it's genesis always renews my faith that we can turn out well in the end, by the efforts of people of good conscience.

3) The Farmers' Market — In Portland, it's open on Wednesdays downtown and on Saturdays in Deering Oaks Park. I'm more likely to turn up for the latter. It's not far from where we live. I especially love buying local tomatoes and later in the summer the most delicious corn in the world. But right now I'll be going for:

4) Strawberries — Really, there is nothing more deliciously summer-like than a fresh, local strawberry, even better if you've picked it yourself.

5) Camp — I spent six summers at Camp Alleghany in Lewisburg, West Virginia. My younger two have loved their time at our UCC camp in Maine, Pilgrim Lodge. LP leaves on Sunday for her session. Getting away from the world of electronics, looking at and playing in the trees and the water, hearing the sounds of night away from a city, and at PL being in the company of other young people who choose church camp, those are all things of beauty.


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The one thing not happy on my mind this summer in particular will be the kids driving around the way I did in #1, not really skilled or experienced enough to operate their vehicles in unusual circumstances. I'm still giving thanks that Snowman suffered no permanent damage in his accident last week, but mindful that other families have not been so fortunate. 

What are you looking forward to this summer?

13 thoughts on “Friday Five: Hot Fun in the Summertime?”

  1. I lived in Lewisburg WVA when I was in 3rd and 4th grade, and have some fond memories of summer there, particularly the WVa state fair.
    Haven’t done a FF in ages; maybe I should go do this one!

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  2. I adore 1776, it’s probably my favorite musical. And I just can’t help myself when someone says “go right,” the chorus of BF, TJ and JA sing out “to the right, ever to the right, never to the left, ever to the right.” The lyrics from this musical have a strong presence in my head.
    SO glad that Snowman is in reasonable shape after the other evening. SO glad.

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  3. OK, I’m going to have to watch 1776, even though my SIL left at intermission when the Guthrie did the play a few years ago. My brother is painting a “Spirit of ’76” painting right now, giving us tantalizing glimpses on FB. Our local Memorial Day parade, complete with marchers from Peaceworks and VVAW as well as unicyclists, old cars, and (maybe for the last time) sailors, starts off summer on a patriotic note for me. And yes — I too am very glad Snowman is doing so well now.

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  4. Our most local community farmers’ market (30 miles away) is so congested, and has experienced a bit of non-farmer vendor creep (for instance, to me vegetables bought at Eastern Market in Detroit and resold up here do not constitute “farm fresh,” even if they’re being sold in the open next to Amish pie ladies and a local truck farmer)…we’re finding ourselves bypassing that for just driving up and down the local roads looking for vegetable stands; not sure what this is doing to our carbon footprint, but at least we’re buying food from our neighbors.

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  5. Thanks for this Friday Five. I am envious of the Portland Farmers Market. But then, Portland is a wonderful place anyway. Enjoy!

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  6. I’m interested in your list of books…especially Anthony Trollope…my last name too. Yes, a relative for sure, but Joanna Trollope is a more direct one and is an Author living in England. It’s not everyone who has an interest in such authors, though his books have been on PBS.
    Anthony writes descriptively and is often writing about clergy and church life.
    I hail from Canada. I am a poet and writer, and retired minister … I am also on ‘spiritual motion’ blog.
    My mother was able to write, but never really had a chance. Kids, and busyness took her time and she’s now gone.

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  7. I just love the warmth and light of summer. Helps the aches and pains to go away, and the light encourages us to look around at the beauties of nature. Happy summer to you and yours.

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