Thursday Thirteen 41: Summer

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When a friend mentioned going for an evening bike ride along some old familiar roads, he got me to thinking about the things I must enjoy about this sultry time of year:

1. Bees drunk on the perfume of
2. wide-open blossoms,
3. Clouds that accumulate into gigantic sailing ships
4. That capsize and pour relief onto the still afternoon heat
5. And the dripping from one leaf to the next of those lingering drops
6. That evaporate after the last fall from the last leaf,
7. The sounds through open windows of tables being set
8. And ice dropped into tumblers full of cold tea,
9. The smell of boxwood from the front porch
10. And slow walks along shady paths,
11. The sounds of insects wakening to night,
12. The smack on the water of the beaver's tail--
13. Hello? Beware? We know you are here.
I love these things.

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Comments

  1. Great list and bee and thistle! I could do without the noisy chipmunks and night creatures, like crickets but the rest sounds pretty nice.

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  2. I especially like the insects of night! All great tho.

    My 13 is published, hope you can stop by sometime.

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  3. Because I am hearing impaired and could only hear through my cochlear implant, I am sensitive to sounds. I like hearing ice dropped into tumblers full of cold tea. I have yet to hear the sound of tables being set through an open window. I will surely missed the sound of insects wakening to night since I always sleep w/ out my hearing devices. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and also visiting my blog.

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  4. Anonymous6:24 PM

    remember the simple things, they're the best we're given

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  5. Beautiful and a great list too ;).

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  6. #8 sounds good right about now.

    Thanks for visiting me today!

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  7. What a restful, lyrical thirteen, Sandy. Awesome.

    I'm still trying to figure out how to bike to book club tonight and get home safely after dark... hmmm...

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  8. oh the clouds and the leaves and the ice in my water glass i am w/ you so w/ you

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  9. The ice and cold tea sounds good right now. So fun to read this...ah summer...

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  10. Anonymous7:17 PM

    Great list! I love all the little pleasures of summer days.

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  11. A beautiful list---such a reminder that the simple things really do matter; that they bring pleasure, and that little is required of us except to use our senses.

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  12. My favorite thing about summer is the warm wind just before a thunder storm!

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  13. Anonymous7:59 PM

    Gosh, what a wonderful list. Of course, mine would start with tank tops and Gallons of ice tea! ;) No sub zero temps... small things like that. I love your bumble picture.

    Happy TT, Sandy

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  14. I like your list better than mine this week. I do love the summertime, the sights, smells and touch of summer.
    Although our clouds tonight were more dark and ominous than looking like a gigantic sailing ship.
    Enjoy the cooler temps in the next two days!

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  15. Beautiful picture! I miss the nature...Metro L.A. doesn't have much. :(

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  16. Great list, my 33rd TT is up at 13 Muslim Greeting Cards - I noted the paucity of Islamic Greeting Cards at my local stationery store and so as a public service to Muslims in America, I offer the following 13 Shariah-Compliant Greeting Cards...

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  17. I haven't even had any iced tea yet this summer. I'd better get with it. But, I've been having lots of ice water.

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  18. Oh, I'm so with you on #8. I LOVE iced tea. We have a nifty little McAlister's here closeby; it's my #1 Summer Survival item. Thanks for stopping by my Wedding TT. Have a grand week -

    DK

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  19. Love afternoon showers! Great list!

    sobeit
    http://sobeit89.squarespace.com

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  20. Anonymous9:45 PM

    That was beautiful and all the things I love about summer too!

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  21. Yes...but 112 degrees is too hot. I love this time of year when Im at the beach..other then that, it sucks!! Great list though. Loved it. Happy TT and thanks for stopping by:)

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  22. Luv your list...it's almost poetic.

    Makes me really miss some of the things I love about living in the south...where you can really appreciate the outdoors.

    Here in the city...it's NOISY and often hard to stop and smell the roses.

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  23. Beautiful.

    SJR
    The Pink Flamingo
    http://thepinkflamingo.blogharbor.com/blog

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  24. Those are things I enjoy to.

    Thanks for visiting have a great TT.

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  25. Anonymous10:53 PM

    Stunning picture and a beautiful listing of all of the wonders of summer!

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  26. Anonymous10:57 PM

    Great list, very beautiful :)

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  27. Great list. I love summer. My favorite is listening to the tree frogs and crickets at night while I sleep. It's so peaceful. Happy TT!

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  28. Lovely photo, wonderful list...very poetic...
    Sandi

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  29. Your 13 was like a poem or something.

    Very cool!

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  30. Nothing beats fluffy clouds and iced tea.

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  31. What a wonderful list and I just love the header pic. Happy T13!

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  32. oh, this is a wonderful description of summer!

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  33. Splendid description of the intense summer atmosphere.
    I love the picture too, with its nice background.

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  34. # 10 sounds absolutely wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. Anonymous2:30 AM

    great list with great photo.

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  36. Love the photo. Nice list too. Thanks for stopping by my place. Good morning from Mississippi, USA. I hope you have a wonderful morning!

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  37. You really take the bad luck of the number 13 away with these beauties... love the picture as well.. my bads all pack for this evenings trip around blog-world.. ha!..

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  38. Magical, just magical. And very different from the sounds of summer in Tel Aviv.

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  39. Ilove the way you turned the list into a poem. And beautiful words.

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  40. I love these things too, Sandy! And I love your TT post! Excellent photo! :)

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  41. a great list!!!!

    she
    http://www.shebecameabutterfly.net

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  42. Anonymous8:31 AM

    Very nice close up.
    I like the bee, very cute but dangerous. :P

    Alexander
    Alex's World! - http://www.kakinan.com/alex

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  43. Great list! I love these things too. Summer is such a wonderful time of year. Happy TT!

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  44. A list poem - great. Enjoyed that. Pappy

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  45. beautiful capture, sandy!!!

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  46. Cool entry for TT! Mine's up too hope you can drop by... Happy TT!

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  47. that photo is totally the bee's knees!

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  48. Anonymous11:14 AM

    Wow. You had me feeling, smelling, hearing... all those things.

    Great list!

    Happy TT!

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  49. Anonymous11:21 AM

    Ah yes... summer is great! Just makes me wish I were at laying in a hammock under the palm trees with a book in my hand, enjoying the sound of the waves and the soft Caribbean breeze. *wg* Happy TT!

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  50. Such a romantic TT! I'm a winter girl myself, but your writing almost made me forget that. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for visiting my TT.

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  51. Beautiful list! Makes me more attentive to the little beautiful things of life.

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  52. Anonymous2:27 PM

    Sun dresses with garden dirt and blueberry stains on the.

    Yours is a poem!

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  53. Anonymous2:58 PM

    Wow. Fabulous poem. It took be right away from my little cube for a moment. Actually, it made me a little homesick, but I'm not sure why.

    Happy TT!

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  54. Lovely list ... I like the longer days and the warmer ocean temperatures too. Then there are the fresh strawberries in my yard ;--)
    Hugs and blessings,

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  55. Anonymous6:31 PM

    What beautiful images you wrote about-I loved them all!

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  56. Anonymous10:37 PM

    Beautifully written- how clever!!
    The sound of ice being dropped into my glass is one of my favourites. It's amazing what one hears when really stopping to listen.

    Mine is up at:
    http://bellamocha.wordpress.com/2008/07/11/thursday-thirteen-12/

    bella :)

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  57. Ilove these nature awareness posts you often write. It makes one really appreciate the outdoors.

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  58. I forgot to say that the sounds of summer when I was 7 still reverberate in my memory 56 years later.

    Thanks for stirring it up for me.

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  59. That was beautiful, Sandy! With your skillful writing you managed to capture the essence of summertime. Loved it!

    Hope you'll visit my TT when you get a moment. :)

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  60. Great list - makes me be nostalgic for my grandma's house in the southern country.

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  61. Ahhhhhhhhh...lovely.

    Don't forget the lightning bugs, fresh corn and watermelon, and swimming in the sea....

    I love summer too. Only summer in Houston happens in April and May. What we have now is Hades-on-Loan!

    Found you on the TT hub...love your list! =)

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  62. I love summer too :) What a great and thoughtful list of beautiful things!

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