Monday, July 1, 2019

The Livin’ is Finally Easy

It is a sum, sum, summertime, and I am doing OK.





Today is a day without clouds, wind, threat of damaging storms, tornadoes, hail, hurricanes, floods, power outages, falling trees, heat waves, and humidity.  I had almost forgotten what people do on a glorious day like this, but I intend to enjoy it all, even if I am just puttering around in my gardens. After all, that which is rare should be embraced and treasured.  You never know when another will come along.

I hope you are all having a beautiful day.

For Shady: Summertime, Summertime by the Jamies

It's time to head straight for them hills
It's time to live and have some thrills
Come along and have a ball
A regular free-for-all

53 comments:

  1. Hi, Arleen!

    I am happy to see you posting today, dear friend! I want to start by letting you know that I admire your header picture and the humorous caption.

    You must have had a long streak of nasty weather up there this spring and early summer. I'm delighted to know that you are taking advantage of today's fine weather and doing some gardening. Your "sum, sum, summertime" word play at the beginning of the post tells me you remember the song by The Jamies that was a hit in the summer of 1958 and again in the summer of 1962:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeNAgBFmJpM

    I hope today's rare lovely weather is only the beginning with lots more to come all summer long. Enjoy your week, dear friend Arleen!

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    1. I was writing a post with the words from Sommertime, Summertime but decided to go with this instead. For you, I just added a postscript.

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    2. Thank you, dear Arleen. I'm glad we share fond memories of that fun summertime song! :)

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  2. Revel in your glorious day. I hope that there are many more of them to come. Garden pottering is always good. (Says the confirmed potterer.)

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    1. I am, Susan. They forecasters are already using some of those descriptive words, storms, winds, etc. for tomorrow. I shall hold my ears shut if I hear them say that again.

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  3. It's good to hear from you, Arleen. I hope the livin' remains easy. X

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  4. Hubby is just getting ready to go out to work, and I was just telling him what a gorgeous day it is. If only summer would stay like this.

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  5. Enjoy that beautiful day, my dear friend. It is hot, humid, overcast and rainy here. I want YOUR day! xo Diana

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    1. It will probably be the same here tomorrow, but I live in the moment and am grateful for this day.

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  6. It is actually that kind of day here as well. You are correct, enjoy it while you have it.

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  7. How can it be that I remember so many of those perfect days from my childhood but we don't seem to have many of them anymore? Is it just that time has sped up, or is it that I am (horrors) not taking the time to enjoy them now? You have the right idea -- potter around the garden, then go for ice cream :)

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    1. I think, Jenny, that we tend to remember mostly the good but that doesn’t discount that the weather is changing, and not for the better.

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  8. Oh, the ice cream store! Must go, soon.

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    1. You should, Joanne. It is one of the nicest activities of summer. My only problem is picking out a flavor. Too many delicious choices.

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  9. Enjoy your summer. Not too bad here today.

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    1. Not too bad is usually good enough. I’ll take that most days.

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  10. Make hay while the sun shines? that sounds about right to me.

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  11. Always lovely to hear from you. Sometimes I'm so desperate to connect with you I consider replying to you on Going Gently where you always have something sensible/supportive to say. A favourite summer song of mine is the Mungo Jerry version of the pushbike song. 1970 I think. Have a wonderful, peaceful, restorative summer.

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    1. Thank you, Susan for your very kind words. They touched me so and boosted me up.

      Songs of the summer are fun and are ones that are remembered, especially those from our youth.

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  12. Yesterday here was cloudy all day. The temperature didn't climb above 25 C, and we were able to do outdoor things all day. We could breathe again! So refreshing!

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    1. I have found breathing to be good. The humidity and heat is hard on us all, especially as we get older. I am glad you are getting some relief.

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  13. It is so good to see your post! I'm glad you are having a great weather day. What is the temp there? We are having nice weather is you like HOT and HUMID! lol Love, sandie

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    1. That is coming our way. Hot, humid, and destructive storms is becoming a daily forecast. Hot and humid is normal summer weather, but constant destructive storms is a new phenomenon.

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  14. Sounds wonderful. I suddenly got very happy reading this post.

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    1. It is good to share happiness. I hope you have a beautiful day, Colette.

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  15. Beautiful!!! Enjoy the summertime weather! The message in this post is very powerful. Just 2 weeks ago, I was wondering if I'd ever see a sunshiny day again and now I'm so grateful I have!!
    xx

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    1. We have had so many storms (more expected tonight) and yesterday was such a gift. I am thankful for all the good that passes my way.

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  16. Such a pleasant surprise to see that you've put up a new post! I check every now and then, and today, I finally hit the jackpot. The header and caption are terrific, and it seems that you're back in a good frame of mind. Your humor and kind heart are shining through more brightly than the sun is.

    It's bloody hot here, but I guess that's to be expected. They don't call this place Hotlanta for nothing.

    If you like ice cream, (duh!) have you tried the Blue Bunny loaded sundaes? They're so good, they're downright decadent.

    Have a super 4th. I hope the weather cooperates for you. Me/ I'm probably gonna be singing about the "Sum-sum-summertime" for the rest of the day... :)

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Susan.

      We are back to hot, hot, hot and damaging thunder/lightning storms, but we are getting used to it and hope for the best and prepare for the worst. Hey, it gives us something to do and now I am going to go out and buy some of those Blue Bunny loaded Sundays to get me through the worst.

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  17. We are in the middle of a sizzling hot week in the south of England. There is the constant smell of barbecuing in the air. I love the light summer evenings sitting on the patio. You could hear a dog barking miles away.....
    Enjoy your summer Arleen- whatever the weather!
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    1. I am sitting outside now that it is evening, and the air is much cooler. I love these summer nights, oh wait, I can hear that dog barking also.

      Summer days can sometimes be challenging, but the nights (with a fan besides me) are wonderful. I often sit out here by myself till almost midnight. I want to enjoy it all.

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    2. I forgot to say that it must be 30 years since I heard Summertime, Summertime!

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    3. It is more like 60. It came out in the late 50’s. It is a fun song though, and I think it has been used in commercials over the years.

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  18. So lovely to see and read your post.
    Pleased to read that you have been enjoying some good weather, it can be so mixed up at times can't it!

    All the best Jan

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    1. Not even the weather forecasters can predict what’s to come. We all just have to hold on and hope for the best.

      It is always nice when you come to visit my blog, Jan.

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  19. I'm so glad you got a break and a beautiful day to enjoy in your garden. The weather has been so awful in so much of the country.

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    1. It has been a crazy weather pattern for quite a few years but it still does not wake up people to see what we are all facing in the very short future. Meanwhile I enjoy the good days and hope that it is not too late for the generations that follow me.

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  20. I hope there are more of these pleasure and happiness filled days to come.

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  21. Just pottering around in your garden sounds like the perfect thing for a sunny day! Wishing you many more to come.

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    1. Except for the morning shower, today was also lovely. I got some gardening done but did not have to do any watering.

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  22. Dear Arleen, yes, this summer is making the most of what climate change is bringing to us. No longer do we know what the norm will be. Our temps here in western Missouri have been in the nineties with the humidity making the day feel like it's 103-105 degrees. (In the past, that has been the norm for August.) Breathing becomes hard. When I open the patio door, I feel as if a wall faces me--a wall of hot air! Hope you enjoyed your day of the weather being tranquil and that there will be many more days like that. Peace and a belated happy birthday!

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    1. Yes, Dee, climate change is really being seen in all these storms we have been experiencing throughout the world. What the scientists have been warning us about appears to be coming true.

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  23. Yes, when there is everything Positive to rejoice in, I take full advantage and seize the Moment as well!

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  24. Hey that sounds like a VERY nice day! I am glad you appreciated it! I hope you get many more this summer!

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    1. I always try to appreciate the good. Life is short, and there are many blessings to enjoy. Today was another lovely day.

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