Friday, August 13, 2010

Dog Days Friday Five

I'm hosting the Rev Gals F.F. today.

Here in the snow belt state of Wisconsin we long for the first signs of spring--perhaps a crocus poking up through the snow, or a pussy willow bud popping out even beneath ice. The first appearance of robins, that most cheery little hopper of birds, causes widespread rejoicing. Spring is followed by summer, a time for home-grown tomatoes, watermelon, corn on the cob, all sorts of "fests," back yard "fry outs" (what they call a barbecue here, for some reason) and trips near and far.

I love summer, and wait anxiously for it every year. So how is it that we have arrived at the hot and humid "Dog Days" of August, and I have not done nearly enough of what I planned to do? I want to pack in as much as I can before snow flies once again.

How about you? And what is happening for those of you who are in a different hemisphere than I, and it may be cold?

1. What is the weather like where you live?
One would think we were in the southern states instead of cool Wisconsin. It has been hot and steamy for days on end, and almost constant rain. Mosquitoes are dive bombing us. People are grumpy about it. ;-)

2. Share one thing you love about this time of year.
It isn't cold. I am a California girl, born and bred, and it doesn't matter that it has been many decades since I was a "girl" nor that I have lived in Wisconsin for about 30 years (how did that happen?) I still get very cold in the winter and I still like heat. Humidity--not so much.

3. Share one thing you do NOT love about this time of year.
Did I mention mosquitos? I mean, it is very frustrating, the way we long for spring and summer and being able to go outside and then when the summer months finally arrive we can hardly go outside. Very irritating. Both Minnesota and Wisconsin consider the mosquito to be our "state bird." Not nice.

4. How will you spend the remaining days leading up to Autumn?
I am still trying to get my home office organized. The summer has not gone as planned. We do have a couple of camping trips planned, other than that it is working at home and trying to get it all done before snow flies.

5. Share a good summer memory.
Ah, I have so many. One that is vivid after nearly fifty years: Heading down beautiful Malibu Canyon towards the Pacific Ocean in my late sister Darlaine's little red convertable. We were singing at the top of our voices along with the radio, a bag of Italian meatball sandwiches was in the back, and we were anticipating a day of sun, sand and surf. I will never stop missing her.

Bonus: What food says SUMMER to you?
Watermelon, corn on the cob, tomatoes from the garden, oh, just one?


Jan said...

Thanks for today's FF. I grew up in CA and WA mostly, and that marks me in being like you, not liking extreme cold or heat. At least, you have SEASONS in Wisconsin! There's mostly summer in TX.

Sorry about all the mosquitoes. Yuck.

PrJoolie said...

agree about the mosquitos. Thanks for a fun Friday Five!

Faith Hope and Cherrytea said...

Thx for today's FFs post~ lots of great responses as i've followed along...
i'm with you about mosquitoes and heat w/o humidity - yes, bring it on!!

LoieJ said...

We just got back from your neck of the woods. Mosquitoes, yes. And they followed us into the house when we brought in our suitcases. We are used to Mosquitoes in June, but we didn't have any then this year, but we've had them in July and August. Like somebody said, "Global Wierding." I know that the area near the shore of Lake Michigan is damp, but this year was unbelievable. And I'm not used to that heat there, nor here. We took mom out to the zoo in Manti, the pathetic zoo, and the animals were mostly hiding. She didn't feel the heat and didn't take off her sweater. We just sweated.

Deb said...

Malibu Canyon is beautiful -- my son lives out there, so that was one of the "tours" he took us on. Here in NH we get attacked by black flies in spring: just when the weather gets lovely, out come the bloodthirsty blackflies, followed by mosquitos. Weirdly, this year wasn't as bad as usual!