Summer Sensory {Part I}

It’s inevitable.

Every year, I try to get a tight hold on summer, remembering how quickly it faded the year before.  I always foolishly think I can hold it close and never let go.  I try not to let it out of my sight for a second.  But no matter how hard I try, it slips.  Time does not slow its pace, but I am not convinced that it stays the same either.  Father Time must be playing tricks on us.

From June, the prime of summer, to July, the heart of summer, to August, the summer finale….   it’s all but a dream.

June, my very favorite, has come and gone.  I spent 4 weeks in a classroom and behind books, which certainly does not help the situation.

July will leave as quickly as it came.  Yet I am determined to soak up every ray of sunshine.

Maybe I try too hard?

I am pretty sure I have the extreme version of SAD (seasonal affective disorder) because the thought of any season other than spring or summer makes me want to … relocate my life to the Caribbean and never look back.

Now that I have that off my chest…

What is it that makes summer so heavenly?

It appeals to every sense.

The sight of….


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and Fireworks.

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The smell of….


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and a day at the pool (chlorine + sunscreen).

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The taste of….

Ice Cream

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and Watermelon.

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The feel of….

The wind while riding my bike

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and the Warm Sunshine.

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The sound of…

The birds and bees.  (Not like that!)

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There’s much more to name, so we’ll call this Part I.

Tell me, what tickles your senses during the summertime?

Summer Strawberries

What else screams summer like some fresh, homegrown strawberries straight from the garden to the kitchen?

Or better yet…. a homemade strawberry pie made out of those juicy, red strawberries?

Top off a piece with some whipped cream, and you have perfection.  (No picture of that because I was too busy eating it.  Notice I didn’t remember to take a picture of the pie until after we cut into it.)

A few weeks ago, Ryan’s Momma picked the strawberries from a friend’s garden, and then another friend of hers made a pie out of them.  It was soo delicious, I took my sweet time to slowly take in every bite.

Seriously, I’m pretty sure this was the best pie I’ve ever had.  I’m not usually one for pie (don’t get me wrong, I love sweets), but this was a definitely an exception.  No way would I pass this one up.

Am I making you hungry yet?

Sweet, sweet summertime goodness.

What’s one of the best pies you’ve ever tasted?

Our Summer To-Do List

Since Ryan made a list of his
personal summer goals/daily routine, I decided we should make a list of things that we should do this summer together. Well, “we” started one (he ran out of ideas quickly) and here’s what we came up with….

  • Get hitched (JUST KIDDING)
  • Go to the beach (That’s wishful thinking on my part)
Okay now I’ll be serious…
  • Go on a float/canoe trip down the river
  • Go fishing at Table Rock Lake at Ryan’s Grandparents
  • Make s’mores over a bonfire!
  • Bike more each week to get/stay fit!
  • Fish from our pedal boat
  • Take more pictures & more pictures together
  • “Camp” in tent
  • Cook together
  • Go swimming (in the HOT sun) and hottub (at night of course!)
  • Walk Ryan’s dog, Abby
  • Stargaze
  • Go on a hike
  • Go to the new driving range at Kokomo Joe’s (and play mini golf)
  • Find Mindy new glasses/and start looking for a new car
  • Go on a picnic
  • Go to the drive-in theatre and regular movie theatre
  • Wake up for the sunrise and fish
  • Go on a hottt date (dress up)
  • Go shopping
I hope we have enough time to have all this fun! Ryan will be gone parts of the summer with John Tibbs & band playing drums… so we’ll see if we can fit it all in. Plus, the summer flies by and before you know it, it’s over. (Okay, that was depressing.) What I meant to say is time is precious and we must be conscious of that! Hopefully making this list will help. I just wish it would never end, especially our time together. :) It’s way too fun and awesome right now.

Any other summertime ideas that we’re missing? What are you hoping to do this summer?

Summer Purchase

Guess what Ryan and I each bought on Monday?

Here’s the big hint: A mode of transportation, fun, and exercise…

It was his idea, but I bought one too. Obviously I thought it was a good idea.


If you guessed bikes, you are right!

Ryan has been talking about getting one for a while, and I thought… well he can’t ride alone. ;o) It’d be fun to do together too! Apparently this surprised him (read his blog post here– I think I like surprising him). But I used to love riding bikes when I was younger, so why not now? I also need the exercise, as I don’t get any of that.

So, Ryan did a lot of research (as he always does) and let me in on the info. We decided what we wanted, but ended up with different bikes after getting help at a local bike shop where we made our purchase. Ryan got the Trek 7.1 FX and I got the Trek 3 Series: 3500. Mine is a mountain bike, but they switched the tires for me because I wasn’t planning on using it for that purpose. The reason why I went with that bike is because the wheels are smaller and since I’m small, it gives me more control. Ryan got a bike that will be good for commuting when he goes back to Anderson.

For now, we’ll be riding around the area during the summer. We’ve only gone one day so far (one day when it actually stopped raining) — first on a gravel road by my house (hills+gravel+out of shape=hard!) and then in town by his house. We actually ended up riding about 6 miles the first day. Not too bad for someone who is completely out of shape (me, of course)! I’m sure Ryan could’ve rode like 20. As for me, I could barely make it the first mile on my road. I actually was thisclose to passing out after a few hills. No really, I’m being serious. Ringing ears, sweating, blurred vision and all… as I was standing in the road freaking out and holding onto Ryan. Thank goodness for a sweet boyfriend and no passing cars at that moment. Not my proudest moment, hah.

But hey, I made it back home and we loaded up our bikes into my car (yes, they fit into my little Eclipse!) and went into town. Ahhh, so much easier on smooth ground.

{These two pictures were taken after we got back to my house. Can you tell? Ew. By the way, I was the only one with a helmet but Ryan went back and got one. He needs to be safe, and not look like he’s riding with his little sister.}

That was just our first day, but I’m sure there will be many more to come! Hopefully no more passing out though. Just waiting for the never-ending May showers to clear….

P.S.- And how appropriate! It’s National Bike Month, and specifically Bike-To-Work week.