Yea for summer!

Summer officially begins tomorrow.

My own little web creation-A summer day at the lake, maybe Lake McBride in Solon,  or Pleasant Creek outside Palo, both favorite summer spots.
My own little web creation-A summer day at the lake, maybe Lake McBride in Solon, or Pleasant Creek outside Palo, both favorite summer spots.

Hooray for the picnics, the beaches, and the bugs! 

OK, so forget the bugs…if you can. Let’s turn our attention to the fairs, the swimming pools and the bike rides instead!

Those of us who live in Iowa are extremely blessed because we can appreciate summer much more than someone who lives in Florida or California.

Why? Because we have the pleasure of changing seasons. We can be assured that after months of bitter cold and blowing snow, warmer temperatures are bound to come…sooner or later.

Spring took its sweet time this year. It rained more than we would have liked (much different from last year’s drought!) and flooding threatened those closest to the Cedar and Iowa rivers, but not nearly what it was five years ago when historic flooding affected the area.

So…yea for summer!

Bring on the county fairs and garage sales and let’s not waste one minute of it!

On my agenda for the next few months includes a couple of family reunions, a trip to Adventureland with my kids and grandkids, and kayaking on the Wapsipinicon (as soon as the river goes down).

I might even go to the Iowa State Fair at the end of August and try my first deep-fried Milky Way or some other food-on-a-stick.

Of course, there will be the baseball games, where I will cheer on the Cedar Rapids Kernels, and trips to the local swimming pools or the beach with the grandkids. I also have to find time to stain the deck and the picnic table in the backyard and finish painting the garage.

Then there’s the never-ending yard work…

Whew…

Hooray for summer?

Of course!

It won’t be long before the seasons change again so I’m going to enjoy my summer while I can.

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