Monday, July 23, 2012

How to Make a July Weekend

Begin with Mexican food at your favorite local spot.

Sleep in on a blue sky Saturday morning.
Lounge with cups of coffee sipped in the comfort of your very own kitchen.

Take a trip to Loews for this and that.

Watch your hubs carefully.
Loews is a dangerous place for a middle aged man with a yard and energy.

Distract him with an ice cream cone eaten beside the lake.

Let the sunlight work its magic on the water and your soul.

Take care of simple things...laundry, weeds, mail.
Feel the temperature dip and the gentle whisper of a cool evening breeze.
Share a steak cooked to perfection on the grill.

Don't forget a side of sweet summer corn, fresh from the farmer's field.
Dine al fresco because you can.

Light a fire in the fire pit and let the music take you back a decade or three.
'...the dangerous coals of fire'.

Laugh at the boy and the memory.

Let him roast the marshmallows because he has a gift.
Just the right shade of gooey deliciousness.

Breathe in. Breathe out.
Sit under the stars and dance slow on the patio.

Open your eyes to a beautiful Sunday.
Sit on a pew and sing softly.
Pack a picnic blanket and some tuna salad.
Grab your shades and baseball cap and hop in the little red car.

Actually, climb ever so carefully into the little red car.
'Hopping in' makes the hubs frown.

Turn the music up loud and feel the wind on your face.
Smile big and ride into the countryside and the glorious day.

Sit on a mountaintop.

Be amazed.

And thankful.

For love and life and grace and hope.
For a blank July weekend in a calendar filled with busy.

This post is linked to the One Word Blog Carnival hosted by Peter Pollack.
Today's word prompt is July.


  1. Sounds like a perfect recipe for a perfect July weekend!

  2. What a gift in the midst of all your crazy busy travels!! Ahhhhhhhhhh . . . . my shoulders relaxed just reading this. Happy you could have such a weekend. : )

  3. Looks like a wonderful weekend! "cool" evening? I wish!

  4. Lovely post. I really like the little red car. You live in a very beautiful place. :)

  5. Sounds wonderful and relaxing just as ours was. In fact, we did the Mexican on Sunday after church. Yummy!

  6. Oh Joyce, what inspiration for a future Saturday. I managed the sleeping late and doing some piddling together in the yard, as well as the worship together part, but the spontaneous fun - do something different just didn't happen. I need to plan for spontaneity, don't I. I'll work on that minus the little red car. Thanks!!

  7. Looks like you were at High Point.

  8. What a perfect July weekend. You've made me want a little red car!

  9. I've been off-line for a few days, so I'm just catching up. Sometimes it's just good to take a break and spend more time doing other things.

    Your weekend sounded wonderful, especially the part about sharing the steak, lighting the fire, then letting the music take you back...Ed and I have been doing a lot of that sort of thing lately, too :)

    I enjoyed your list of 13 summer sounds,in Thursday's post, and many of them brought back sounds from my own childhood. Those were the days, weren't they?

  10. Sounds absolutely wonderful! And the marshmallow looks yummy! :)

  11. Ahhhh. I'm going to show the Hubs this recipe. ;)

  12. we did much of the same here this weekend... minus the red convertible LOL. My husband and I are both dangerous in Lowes... like this weekend - we spent way too much.

  13. Perfection! So glad that you all were able to kick back and really enjoy a "not so busy" weekend. Loved sharing in your July weekend!

  14. OMG, what a truly beautiful awesome wonderful weekend you had!!!!

  15. I like the whole "breathe" part.

  16. I love the way you two DO stuff. If we have a free weekend we do . . . nothing. Next free weekend I'm going to use you as inspiration!

  17. i love love love your weekend and your great pics---so fun to read :)

  18. It really does sound like the perfect summer weekend... Thanks for chronicling it for us!

  19. Looks like a perfect weekend! Especially the ice cream part :)

  20. Oh that DOES look like a perfect weekend! And what amazing views from the mountaintop. Wow!

    So now I have an ice cream cone question for you. Seeing that pic of your husband's ice cream cone reminds me of an old Poirot in which they all had cones. There was no ice cream above the top of the cone. Is that common in England, do you know? Here, as you know, ice cream is piled high. Just curious.

  21. Sounds heavenly! Glad you had a chance to catch your breath.

  22. Heavy sigh! Sad for us, but sounds like so much fun. With the heat and the drought, most of us can hardly go anywhere nearby to have a fun time. I know it could change in a heartbeat, and looking forward to that. Hope you are blessed big time with your car and family and friends and fun... been a long time since I could have a roasted marshmallow... YUMMY!