Friday, July 12, 2013

Things I Love About Summer

Hi everyone!  I'm so honored that Emily asked me to guest blog, we have been reading & commenting on each other's blogs for a while now and I've really enjoyed getting to know her.  So it was a no brainer when she asked me to pitch in and share something, anything on her blog!
I will be the first to say that summer isn't my favorite season.  I'm an autumn girl all the way- hoodies, hot chocolate, cool breezes, colorful leaves...yeah, I'm all about it.  BUT- there are some distinctly summer things that even I am crazy about!  So when I was trying to figure out what to talk about on LWMUTM (wow just realized how long that title is, ha!), I decided to talk about my favorite summer pleasures.

-One of the first "summer-y" things I did this year was to go strawberry picking!  My dad used to grow strawberries in our yard when I was a kid, and being out in the field was surprisingly fun and nostalgic.  It's funny how I always dreaded working out in the garden as a kid, and now I love it!

-Everyone has their own personal summer traditions, and homemade peach ice cream is mine.  In my case, it has to be from a very specific place- no substitutions will be accepted!   There is a stand on the side of the highway near my hometown that has the best ice cream in the world.  I know, it's a bold statement, but I have yet to have it beat.  And every year I look forward to enjoying the deliciousness that they create there...I may or may not buy a quart to take home with me.  And next time...I may add a quart of scuppernong along with my peach (because really...where else will you find that?).

-Keeping in theme with food (because, well, I really like to eat) is...fresh garden veggies!  My husband and I are buying our first home, and one of the things I'm most excited about is starting my own garden.  I have what some would call an addiction to tomatoes, especially...I have been known to eat them the way most people would eat apples.  Can't help it, I LOVE them.  And hey, they're good for you so why feel bad about it?  Unfortunately our closing date is a bit late in the year for planting, so I'll have to hold off till next summer.  In the meantime, my parents loaded me up the last time I visited them so I have tons of cucumbers, squash, zucchini, potatoes, and more thanks to their hard work!

-Another one of my favorite things about summer is STORMS.  This may seem odd to some people, who love summer because of the heat and sunshine.  Well, I lived in a desert for a few years and got plenty of heat and sunshine.  Now that I am thankfully back home in NC, I am happy to soak up all the rain that the good Lord sends!  There's something about the rain beating down outside and being all cozy inside that just warms my's like a snow day, only without having to freeze my butt off and deal with ice on the roads the next week (yeah, CO weather didn't agree with me).  Plus there is something about the way the sunshine breaks through all those clouds in the's one of the most beautiful sights in the world.  

As you can probably tell from this list, I love being outside in the summer (and eating).  I love having more daylight to enjoy this beautiful world we live in, and seeing everything flourish.  That is my word of the year this year, so perhaps that's why this summer especially is more enjoyable to me than others. 

Emmy's Note: Thank so much Brittany for guest blogging today! I'll admit, I'm more of an autumn girl too. As much as I love summer (4th of July and my birthday!) fall has my heart. But After reading this post... I think I need to find some strawberries and ice cream! Don't forget to check out Brittany's blog at Delightfully Awkward Brittany .


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