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With A Thud

Monday, August 08, 2011

It crept up on me this year. I guess the older you get the more you have on your mind and then suddenly one day there is a clue and you feel a bit cheated. You really wish someone had been giving you an update on a regular basis, like those apps you can get for your phone that tell you about bad weather or your bank balance. It came crashing down with a large ďthudĒ last week when I went to Wal-Mart to buy pool chemicals. After playing a cross between Whereís Waldo and Where In The World Is Carmen San Diego, I found them tucked away in a corner near the lawn and garden department. It was just yesterday, wasnít it, that they had their own aisle, festooned with all sorts of floaties and the like? Now the chlorine tablets were consigned to a bottom shelf in a dark corner.

Our neighbor, Vanessa, has been going back and forth for the last week or so and has that determined look on her face when she waves as she motors past. She teaches English at one of our middle schools. Itís a good sign things are gearing up when I see her running errands. School starts tomorrow.

Iíve been so busy fighting disaster and trying to stay above water that I almost missed the sign my birthday sent. It can really be a challenge when you were born in the hottest month of the year. Your gatherings are around the pool and you pray it doesnít rain. No one feels much like eating so you put in a DVD and everyone watches a movie.

It was cooler this morning and I watched the buses make their practice runs on my street. Tomorrow there will be kids huddled on corners, parents snapping photos of the Sammy or Sallyís first day ever. College football begins in earnest and the NFL begins preseason play on Saturday.

Wasnít it just yesterday we were buying sunscreen and insect repellent? Hadnít we just aired out the tent and made sure there were no rips and tears before we set off on a season of camping? Gosh, I just opened the pool last week, didnít I and why were we having such a big barbecue only a few days after the Fourth of July?

Summer slipped through my fingers again. Like a friend you plan on calling for weeks and weeks, summer left without a forwarding address. Oh, itís no cooler, and Iím not breaking out the fall and winter clothes just yet, but all the events that mark her slow withdrawal are clamoring for my attention. I think about my summer ďto-doĒ list and vow that next year Iíll complete it.

Thank goodness there is always a next year.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SILLYHP1953 10/12/2011 10:59AM

    I remember my grandmother telling me that the older you get the faster time goes. I'm probably about the age she was when she told me that. Didn't understand it back then but sure do now.

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REJ7777 8/11/2011 6:20AM

    I've been feeling the same thing. Where did the Summer GO?!

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RACINGSLUG 8/9/2011 5:27PM

    I know time flies, but I can't say I'm sorry to see the end of summer. This one's been grueling!

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MOMONTHERUN1 8/9/2011 10:26AM

    I think that older I get the faster the whole year goes by.

My son doesn't go back to school until Sept. 6th, but I wish that Michigan would start going 10 out of the 12 months.

We've enjoyed our summer, but didn't go to too many places becuase I need to save money for my Half Marathon in February.

Have a great day John!!!


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WANDAH3 8/9/2011 7:34AM

    Wow, school starts early in your part of the world. The kids here don't go back for another couple of weeks. But then again, your part of the world probably gets out earlier so it all equals out.

I can't believe where the summer (did we have one?) has gone. I'm looking at my garden and realizing that so much needs to be done with canning/preserving in the next couple of weeks. Time to start thinking about next year's garden *grin*

Have a great day and PS...Happy Birthday.


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LYNMEINDERS 8/9/2011 3:21AM

    Your not the only one who experienced summer slipping through this year.....
my summer fully slipped through....don't think I really saw it apart from the beautiful weather while we were on holiday.....
And yes....It is great that there is always next year.....
Unfortunately a lot of those have slipped through on me as well....

Trust you are going well and all is good in your world.....

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NASFKAB 8/9/2011 12:30AM

  Interesting blog

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CARTOONB 8/8/2011 11:22PM

    It didn't get warm here until July, so fall can't start until November. Right?

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SUSUSUZZZIE 8/8/2011 11:14PM

    I've been having similar thoughts about the end of summer, though as Irish said... we haven't had but a few real summer days.

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RUN4FOOD 8/8/2011 5:34PM

    In Houston we are really ready for some sore of change. This summer has been and continues to be extremely hot and extremely dry. The national weather guys are saying it will likely be under this dry pattern until the spring of 2012. We already have lots of trees that are dying. I work just across from the largest park in Houston and it's tough to look out and see all the brown trees. Thanks for the heads up on summer being over. We usually get lots of notice since we normally plan on our first cool day being mid October. emoticon

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GIRANIMAL 8/8/2011 4:52PM

    Yep, the older I get the faster summer hauls on through!

Still on my to-do list for next summer -- and yes *sigh* they will probably still be there next summer -- are going swimming at least once, and buying (and using) derby skates! And flying the BF's pirate kite. And at least one picnic!

Geez, where the heck DOES summer go when you have to work and do laundry and buy groceries and act like an adult?! emoticon

Ah well, we did barbecue more this year than in years past. Yum. emoticon

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QUIKSYLVER 8/8/2011 3:29PM

    Super fast summer! But I am READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!!! emoticon Go, Boise State!!

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MIZZSB 8/8/2011 2:23PM

    i hear you John.. cant believe its already august either.
schools dont start untill September 5th over here so the schools still have their summer break. But in a few months we have thanksgiving, xmas, sinterklaas.. time flies!!!

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ANATASHIKI 8/8/2011 2:10PM

    my summer to do list is surviving while everyone else is leaving for vacation , I still have a month until I can relax and think to leave myself . so , as usually , I 'm happy that the summer is over . but I know what you mean , I get this feeling every end of the year.but this year seems a little different though emoticon

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HDHAWK 8/8/2011 1:01PM

    Same thing for me. I thought I'd have some fun after teaching summer school and taking classes all of June. I'm not sure what I've been doing, but I go back to school on Monday. No classes next summer. I'm already planning for it to be different (hopefully)! I've been saying this for years!

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KKINNEA 8/8/2011 12:32PM

    Agree. Whenever the MN State Fair commercials start playing, I always feel bittersweet about the end of summer.

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RUNNERGIRL60 8/8/2011 11:51AM

    It has been fast! But im still count aug as summer I need to do some fun things yet!!! I don't have kids for school so im not done yet! I want to play more dad! Its not over please!!!!!!! Have a great one! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Out here in the Pacific NW we have yet to HAVE summer... we've had a few summery days but mostly overcast and cloudy... UGHHH

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    My summer was stolen as well. LOL. But I am getting a head start on Fall. LOL.

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AKATUJE 8/8/2011 10:08AM

    That was WAAAAAAAAAAAY too fast!! Our kids still have a month at home!!! And the weather has been really mild this summer, so i am still enjoying it...

Yes, thank God there is next year...

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-AIMIE- 8/8/2011 9:25AM

    My birthday is next Tuesday and we are on like day 60 of triple digit weather here in Southern Oklahoma so I completely understand. I can't wait for Fall...bring on the pumpkins, changing leaves, hot apple cider, and sweaters!!!

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JOURNEYTO60 8/8/2011 9:22AM

    I am a teacher and looking forward to the routines that start again in the fall. But, you are correct, the summer was so welome and now it seems to be over and I also wonder if it got by me without my really savoring it. Let's welcome the fall and live in the season!

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SHERRYJVP 8/8/2011 8:52AM

    I love getting a fresh start with the next seasons routine. I already have a new organzing plan.

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KATHRYN1955 8/8/2011 8:52AM

    Our "summer" doesn't end until after the Labour Day weekend (that's when the kids go back to school). And I must admit that I always breathe a sigh of relief even though I don't have school-age children anymore. It seems that order and routine is restored once again. There is nothing quite like that smell of autumn in the air. I am moving all the summer items on my "to do" list to the fall when it is cooler!
Take care,
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MKPRINCESS007 8/8/2011 8:39AM

    Oh no, John..........don't be making me think summer is over.........I am having too much fun! No seriously, I refuse to acknowledge it until there are leaves all over the ground and DS has to hit the books again (not for another month here) so I will keep living in my happy place until then............. :)

Have a great day,

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/8/2011 8:36AM

    This is exactly how I feel. I haven't done one summery thing. How can that be? Ugh!

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_AIYANNA_ 8/8/2011 8:36AM

    These are the things that depress my hubby especially as regards our children. What I say to him, though is that there's no point in worrying about how time flies, just make sure you make the most of it when you can.

Here in Greece we still have another 2 or 3 months of summer heat-wise and I must admit I'm looking forward to it being over. It's no fun being stuck in the house all day :(

Elen xxx

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JECKIE 8/8/2011 8:28AM

    YAY FALL!!!! :)

I won't miss summer. Oh, I know I shouldn't rush time, and winter will be here all too soon, but there is nothing I love more than pulling on the sweaters, watching football and eating apple pie. I love fall more than chocolate. lol

Today, though, while it may only be 79 degrees, it's clearly still summer. In that "I'll make you grow gills it's so humid" kind of way.

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WENDYSPARKS 8/8/2011 8:27AM

    Yes summer has gone way tooo fast!!!!

Wendy emoticon

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