Sunday, August 31, 2014

Good-bye Summer 2014

It was good while it lasted but as they say, all good things must come to an end and the summer of 2014 has officially come to an end this weekend. I really didn’t do a lot this summer yet the time seemed to just slip away. I spent some time out at my daughters place and even did a weekend of dog sitting there. It was nice and relaxing even through the bouts of doggy back door scoots due to a very emotional dog missing his mom and dad’s attention. Since Hanna has arrived my daughter and her other half has been on the usual running around introducing Hanna to family members that are scattered over the entire Province of Ontario. We all know how hard it is to travel with a baby so putting two English Bull Dogs into the back of the car along with Miss Hanna was out of the question. They did as many day visits as possible so they would not have to leave the dogs alone too long, but there were times when they had to spend more than a few days away from home, leaving the dogs in very capable hands of friends and neighbours. It just so happened that Miss Ava (one of the Bull Dogs) decided that enough was enough and decided to let mom and dad know that she was not happy about all the away from home travels and she decided to have the back door scoots when she was in my care for the weekend (oh goody goody). I managed to keep things as clean and smell free as possible and was able to have some nice relaxing time as well. We had a few get together with family and friends as well. There is nothing like relaxing, laughing and having fun with a few drinks and a camp fire on a summer night.

My cousins from the States came up this summer and it was a real treat to have them here. My cousin’s husband is a retired U.S Marine and has such a southern drawl that you can’t help but have fun when he talks and jokes around. We had a few friendly discussions about the American accent of Pennsylvania. They insist it is us that have the accent yet when they say the word “wash” for some reason they include the letter r in the word as in “warsh”. Even my spell check could not figure out this spelling as I was typing this and kept saying it was the wrong spelling! It was a great visit for sure and they even want to come back next summer!

I had a few summer reads this season but my favorite was going back to my childhood and reading the book “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”. For me Mark Twain always brings me back to my childhood and even though I am an adult I found myself on that raft sailing down the Mississippi River along with Huck and Jim. I’m not sure why but this summer I was filled with memories of my childhood from making tents out of blankets thrown over the clothes line to trying to catch fireflies at night and on a few occasions I was able to capture them in a jar.  I will be honest and tried once again to catch them this summer but was unsuccessful. I guess I was quicker and my eyesight was keener when I was a kid. I also did a Netflix Marathon of the show “Lost”. I had watched a few episodes when it was in TV but was unable to watch the series. Well I watched from Season 1 episode 1 to season six the very last episode. It was rather dumb but also intriguing. I became addicted to watching them and sat dumb-founded yet riveted by the adventures of the survivors of Oceanic Airlines Flight 815.

This year’s annual Labour Day fish fry has been moved back a few weeks since we had to attend a family get together this weekend. I’m hoping the temperatures won’t soar into the high 30’s with the humidity into the 40’s. We haven’t had too many heat waves this summer but when we do get them it’s been brutally hot.  That about sums up my summer of 2014. I hope everone had a great summer, stayed safe and were able to make some great summer memories.

Until next time my fellow bloggers and remember, tan lines will fade, but summer memories will last forever!


Barbara In Caneyhead said...

We didn't do anything huge, but many small things I truly enjoyed. Luckily, down here where I live, we should be able to squeeze out another month of summer.

Life & Faith in Caneyhead

Al Penwasser said...

Ask your relatives from Pennsylvania to say 'water.' It comes out 'wooder.'
Even though I'm from Connecticut (and have my own linguistic woes), I know that Pennsylvanians have a very real accent.
My summer?