With apologies to those cultures for whom summer ended on September 1, and those who live in the southern hemisphere, this week we’re going to have a little summertime fun.
Those of you who follow me on Facebook know that I am a moderator for one of the many Facebook Groups I’m a part of. Here’s the image you’ll see on the right sidebar (and down a bit).
Sharing, Inspiring, Promoting Bloggers is such a long name; we use SIPB for short.
Last month, another moderator, Peabody Amelia (her blog is You Can Always Start Now) –- not really her name, she just loves those books — came up with a cute idea for us to get to know one another and our members better; she dubbed it SIBP Summer Tag. She and the other Mods came up with questions related to summer and asked our members to answer them on their own blogs, linking back to SIPB. We’d read them and, yes, get to know each other a bit better. And SIPB might grow a bit in the wake. Great plan.
Party pooper that I can be, and neither into Tags nor having any open blog dates through the end of August, I passed. Politics was on my mind this summer, as was returning to work, and more politics. Serious stuff. But, self-care being what it is, a break is in order. SIPB Summer Tag to the rescue.
Isn’t play what summer is about, anyway? The days go a little slower (the heat has something to do with that). Clothing is, if not optional, certainly more casual. Food is different. Thunderstorms, garden harvests, butterflies, stargazing. Fireflies! Campfires. I could go on.
Without further ado, here are the 10 questions in this 2018 SIPB Summer Tag and my answers.
What is your favorite Summer holiday destination?
What’s a summer holiday? I live on a farm.
What is your favorite childhood memory of Summer?
That has to be my solo treks from the city to Camp Dawson every week day from ages 9 to 12. But that story will wait for next week when we’ll look at the era before parents turned into helicopters.
Which do you prefer: ice-cream or frozen yogurt?
Depends which one is the darker chocolate.
What is your go-to dinner on a hot Summer evening?
If I’m cooking, it’s my summertime no-cook Puttanesca sauce. Here’s a post from 2013 on that one, with pictures.
But usually Woody cooks so I don’t really have to think about it much.
What is your favorite BBQ food?
Is there anything other than ribs? Actually, I have a slow-cooker beef round roast recipe that after eight hours gets mixed with a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce. Easy and simple, just as I like it.
Share a song that takes you back to an amazing Summer.
There is no ONE song that takes me back any particular summer. Instead, there are dozens that take me back to lots of places and times.
The summer I graduated high school, Jefferson Airplane’s Don’t You Want Somebody to Love and The Lovin’ Spoonful’s Summer in The City, came out. I remember those songs, of course; but I have no specific memory of hearing them.
Instead, the Beatles; the Byrds; Chicago; Credence Clearwater; Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young; the Dead; the Doors; Simon and Garfunkel; Sly and the Family Stone; the Stones; Three Dog Night; the Who; and Nat King Cole, Sam Cooke, Bob Dylan, Janice Joplin, Tom Lehrer, Otis Redding — Sitting on the Dock — blur together and form one great big summer night dance party in my head.
How do you beat the heat in the Summer?
I jump in my pond and float around for a bit.
Do you prefer swimming in the ocean or a pool?
Real swimming? I swim laps three times a week at the local pool. That’s very hard to do in the ocean; I’ve tried. But for sheer pleasure, I love floating in the ocean, on my back, arms folded under my head.
This is actually a spiritual experience for me. It’s my way of reminding myself what it feels like to truly let go and let the waves (i.e., life) take me where they will.
But then I get curious and lift up my head and the metaphor collapses.
Do you prefer to travel with family, friends or solo?
It depends. Who’s paying?
Flip-flops or barefoot?
It used to be barefoot, for sure. Even in the city. Today it’s my Teva sandals as often as I can.
How about you? How might you answer these? If you are a blogger why not come join us at SIBP? Yup, that’s the link. Three quick questions and you’re in.
Then you can post your own answers on your own blog one of these days and link back to SIPB. After all, it’s always summertime somewhere in the world. Nearly.
Next Week: Perception of Risk and Our Children