Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Ultimate Symbols of Summer

By Jennifer (aka Ellery Adams)

First, the winners of last week's Save A Cat/Dog Contest are:

Julia - the cat key chain
Charlene - the dog key chain

Congrats and well done to everyone for adopting a pet. I plan to have more ASPCA-beneficial contests in the future. (Julie and Charlene, send me your mailing address at so I can ship your key chains).

Today, I'm keeping the post short. I wanted to share my five favorite things about summer.

1. The pool! Here's my son jumping off the diving board.

2. Flipflops.

3. Popsicles. I especially like a Creamsicle.

4. Watermelon. The ultimate summer taste.

5. Sparklers and fireflies. A tie here. They both illuminate a summer night sky with surreal beauty.

What's your favorite summer symbol?


Linda Leszczuk said...

The sight of gardens in full bloom, the sound of kids playing outside in the evening with no homework or early bedtimes to worry about, the smell of burgers cooking on the grill, the taste of a pineapple milkshake from Dairy Queen, and the clean feel of the air after a quick thunderstorm has swept away a week of hot and muggy.

Laineshots said...


Lori Mager said...

My favorite five would have to be
1. Summer break for the kids-love having them home
2. Flowers, flowers, flowers
3. The sunshine!! Love the hot weather.
4. Fireworks!!!
5. Bonfires with family and friends!!

mary in MO said...

It would not be Summer without these treats to my mind and senses.1. camping at the river with family and friends
2. Fresh garden produce, picked sun warmed.
3. Our Fourth of July family reunion, food, fun, fireworks
4. Home made ice cream
5. Smell of fresh cut hay
6. wet hugs from sprinkler drenched grandkids.

Andrea C. said...

My favorite five things are:
1. Summer Vacation - (teachers love summer break as much as kids)
2. The smell of grilling out
3. Fruit of all kinds
4. Still being light out at 9 pm
5. Lots of time to read!!!!!!

There are lots more, but I kept it short too - Hope everyone is loving their summer! :)

Babs said...

Some of my favorite things are:

1. Kids being home for summer break.
2. Working in my gardens.
3. Cook outs.
4. Watermelon
5. Working with my kids on crafts.

Dru said...

not having a care in the world
a stroll on the boardwalk
longer days
sweet watermelon
ocean breeze

Belle Sloane said...

Summers off from school so I can really concentrate on writing.

The the smell of the summer desert air.

Fresh corn and tomatoes from our garden.

Reading time!


signlady217 said...

Water sprinklers! We used to run through them a lot when I was a kid.

Aimee said...


Shutterbug said...

1. Reading - I get way more reading done during the summer.
2. Watermelon
3. Ice cream
4. Walks (I multitask and take my camera so I can get pics and exercise at the same time.)
5. Cook outs!

Rural View said...

I love:
fruit of all kinds now available,
fawns losing their spots and free to follow mom, so many birds in our yard including a pair of kestrels eating up the grasshoppers, and finding shapes in the puffy clouds.

Leann Sweeney said...

Air conditioning

Valerie Consoer said...

I have some fond memories of summertime. When I was about six or seven, my mom took me to the park pool and we swam all day. Around 6 o'clock, she taught an adult water aerobics class. I remember hearing Roy Orbison, Cyndi Lauper, and others on the boombox. Those were the best years. So my favorites of summer are of course the pool, music, and the feeling of the sun on my skin even after we went inside to eat dinner. There's nothing quite like the feeling of the sun still baking your skin even after taking a shower and settling in for the evening. Am I the only one that knows that feeling? Does it make any sense?

Andrea C. said...

Leanne...I agree!!! LOL
Valerie ..I totally get it and remember that as a kid too!

Mare F said...

I'm with you on watermelon, sparklers, and fireflys. I'm now hooked on Edy's frozen fruit pops, specifically the blueberry.

caryn said...

1.Hot, sunny weather
2.Flip flops
3.Afternoons at the pool
5.Flowers everywhere
Caryn in St.Louis

Mihla said...

Sounds: banging of the screen door, roar of motorboats, slap of a slalom ski on the water, playful shouts of children, the ice cream truck.

Smells: steaks grilling, freshly-mown grass, damp bathing suits, rich loam turned over in the garden, ozone during a thunderstorm.

Sights: children splashing in the water, a dog sleeping in the sun, a popsicle dripping down a toddler's hand, a field of daisies, a glowing campfire.

Tastes: my special potato salad, burnt marshmallows, watermelon, charred hot dogs, tomatoes fresh from the garden.

Textures: sand sticking to your sun-screened body, ice from a cold drink pressed against your cheek, sweat trickling down your spine, the thong of a flipflop between your toes, cool grass under your bare feet.

Lover of Books said...

Favorite five:
1. smores

2. smell of the grill going

3. koolaid or lemonade

4. lazy days of fun!

5. taking picnics or just trips going nowhere


Heather Webber said...

Flip flops, shorts and t-shirts, sunshine after 9 pm, road trips, and all the colorful flowers.

Btw, loved your post today at Killer Characters!

Ellery Adams said...

So many great ones on here. Now I want to fire up the grill, have lemonade, run through the sprinkler, and watch a baseball game (live of course) and have it end with fireworks!

Ellery Adams said...

Thanks, Heather. Dixie is a hoot!

Shiloh said...

Oh this is a toss up for me. I'm a summer baby, so it's always been my favorite season. When I think of summer, I think of the beach, swimming suits and ice cream. (Not necessarily in that order. *smiles*)