Summer Selections

When I was a kid, summer was my favorite time of the year, outshining even Christmas!  What was not to love?

Hot summer days playing cops and robbers with my little brother.  Long hours planning how to torment my older sister.  Glass after glass of iced tea with lemon slices that really did make me feel like falling backwards into a swimming pool – if we’d had one.  And, of course, no inkling of school until after Labor Day.

I thought it’d be fun to talk about our summer selections, so here goes — what are your choices?

water skiingA.   Water skiing or soaking up sun at the lake or beach?


B.   Camping out in the backyard or sleepovers with your besties?

C.   Watermelon or cantaloupe?

D.   Homemade ice cream or your favorite store brand?watermelon

E.   Sleeping in or hitting the fun road early?

state fairF.   Family vacation or State Fair?

What are some of your favorite choices for summer selections?  You don’t have to answer all of them to be entered into a contest for a prize.

Today I’m giving away an e-book of “The Avenger,” as well a free download of the audible version  to one interesting commenter, so be sure to respond.

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  • Jane says:

    Hello Jo,
    Summer was my favorite as a kid, too.
    A. I’m more of a pool person.
    B. Sleepovers
    C. I love both, but I’ll give the slight edge to watermelon.
    D. Store brand. Love the Good Humor bars like Toasted Almond and Strawberry Shortcake.
    E. Definitely sleeping in.
    F. Family vacation.

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    Pool. Sleepovers. Cantelope. Store brand. Sleeping in. Family vacation.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      I’m with you on the cantaloupe, Debbie. Love the sweetness of it. Watermelon always tasted like a bunch of water to me! And Dr. Big puts salt on it! What the heck??

  • Jo Robertson says:

    I remember the slumber parties we used to have in school; that’s where all we girls learned how to kiss — by practicing on our arms!

    Pool side is so great — no sand or waves, although that’s fun too, unless of course, it creeps into your sandwiches. Nothing like beach sand in your homemade sandwiches!

  • Alyn says:

    I loved summer as a kid too. I don’t remember there being such a thing as a “too hot” day when I was a kid. Now that I am older, anything over 80 degrees is too hot.

    A. Neither. I burn easily so no soaking up the sun for me. I can’t swim either so no water skiing for me either.
    B. Sleepovers because I am anti-camping.
    C. Seedless watermelon. Yes, has to be seedless or else I am going to go with the cantaloupe.
    D. Store Brand
    E. Sleeping in!
    F. Family Vacation

    • Jo Robertson says:

      And sunburns are so unhealthy, Alyn!

      BTW, my daughter’s middle name is Alyn, pronounced AH lyn. How did you come by that name?

      I can’t take heat as easily as I did when I was younger, but that’s okay. Who wants to see a tan, wrinkled old lady??

  • Helen says:

    Hi Jo

    As a kid I too enjoyed summer (not so much these days LOL) but I loved going to the beach and I love water melon and rockmelons (as we call them) and any ice cream home made or store bought not big on camping so sleepovers were great sleeping yes (Iwish I could do that now) and family vacations were always the best and besides our big Royal Easter Show is in autum not summer.

    Have Fun

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Hi, Helen! Are rock melons and watermelons the same thing? Where did the name rock melon come from? I’ve never heard that name.

      Hope you’re enjoying cooler weather than us in the states!

  • Amy Conley says:

    Soaking up the sun and swimming. Sleeping in, sleep overs, family vacation, any sort of ice cream works for me, and watermelon all the way.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      What was your favorite family vacay, Amy? Where did you go? I’m always looking for ideas although long trips on harder than they used to be for me.

      • Amy Conley says:

        It was right after my fil retired. Neither of my in-laws could drive by then, so I became the official chauffeur. Starting from southern Indiana we traveled to Gettysburg, Philadelphia, Mystic, Cn, Boston, Buffalo, NY, Niagara Falls on the Canadian side, Youngstown, Ohio to my grandmother’s house, and backk home. Trip of a lifetime.

  • Mozette says:

    A. Water skiing or soaking up sun at the lake or beach?

    Ooohh… I have skin that’s too fair (and my Epilepsy medication makes me burn easier – yes, it’s true – that happens to us). So, A is out of the question for me.

    B. Camping out in the backyard or sleepovers with your besties?

    A sleepover at my besties… so many things to whisper and giggle about in her bedroom and to keep her folks wondering… 😛

    C. Watermelon or cantaloupe?

    Cantaloupe… 😀

    D. Homemade ice cream or your favorite store brand?

    Homemade… tastes so much better 😀

    E. Sleeping in or hitting the fun road early?

    Sleep in… and then hit the fun road! 😀

    F. Family vacation or State Fair?

    Family vacation. 😀

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Yeah, Mozette, I’ve noticed that lots of meds, especially antibiotics, make us sensitive to the sun.

      Do you have a favorite homemade ice cream recipe?

      • Mozette says:

        Oh! Yes! It’s the Hockey-Pokey Ice-cream…

        you know that one with the home made honeycomb in it? yeah that one. 😀

  • Susan Sey says:

    Good morning, Jo! What a great summary of summer! I don’t know if I can choose between ANY of those options! They all say summer to me! Although…I’ll admit to a predilection for homemade ice cream. Especially since you gave out your recipe a few years ago. We make that one a lot! It’s so light & refreshing!

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Thanks, Susan, it’s our favorite too! What I like is that it’s so quick and easy with no cooking involved. I pretend it has no calories in it, though!

      Hmm, I’ll have to get Dr. Big cracking on making up a batch. He hasn’t done it all summer!

  • Shannon says:

    A. Soaking up sun on the beach with a book.
    B. Most of our camping out was somewhere in Northern Idaho. We wanted our beds when we were at home.
    C. Watermelon.
    D. Homemade ice cream.
    E. We were 8-12 hours from the State Fair in southern Idaho. So we put all our 4-H projects into the county fair. For me, sewing, canning, baking cookies AND bread, sheep, and chickens.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      How great to get your 4-H projects in the State Fair.

      We’ve done quite a bit of camping in Utah and Idaho — lots of gorgeous scenery — but I could never overcome my belief that true camping is staying in a 5-star hotel LOL.

  • Tina M says:

    Sleeping outside with all our friends. Playing flash light tag. Catching lightning bugs. Making homemade ice cream. Fishing at night.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      OMG, Tina, I haven’t thought about catching lightning bugs in a jar in years! What fun that was. It’s so easy to have fun when you’re a kid, isn’t it?

      What is flash light tag. I’m intrigued.

      • Tina M says:

        Flash light tag. We played all summer long. When it got dark out side you go and hide than someone with a flash light will tag you by shinning the flash light on the first person they see. Than you have to take the flash light and find someone.. We had so much fun when we were young. Still do this with the grandchildren now. Love watching them smile and laugh when they find someone or catch lighting bugs..

        • Jo Robertson says:

          It’s great fun to share those old games we used to play, without electronics or much in the way of gear, with our grandkids.

          Flash light tag sounds like Hide and Seek in the dark! What fun!

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Since Susan mentioned my homemade vanilla ice cream recipe, I thought I’d share it here. It’s so quick, easy, and lightly delicious. Give it a try.

    2 quarts of half and half
    1 can evaporated milk
    3 cups sugar
    2 TB vanilla
    1 TB lemon flavoring

    Stir well and pour into the canister of your electric ice cream maker and voila! In about thirty minutes, you’ll have your delicious ice cream.

    I’ve found that using the rock salt liberally is the quickest way to get the ice cream to set up, as opposed to adding more and more ice.

  • Minna says:

    A. Water skiing or soaking up sun at the lake or beach?
    Neither. I like to swim.

    B. Camping out in the backyard or sleepovers with your besties?
    I don’t think those two are mutually exclusive.

    C. Watermelon or cantaloupe?
    I like both.

    D. Homemade ice cream or your favorite store brand?
    I eat both Homemade and store brands.

    E. Sleeping in or hitting the fun road early?
    Sleeping in.

    F. Family vacation or State Fair?
    We obviously don’t have State Fairs, so Family vacation or going for vacation by myself or with a friend.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Minna, I was just reading an article about how you can get some great exercise in at the pool without actually knowing how to swim! Interesting and appealing to me since I don’t swim :-((

  • bn100 says:

    water skiing, sleepovers, watermelon, store, sleeping in, family vacation

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Ah, do you do much water skiiing, BN100? Lake or ocean?

    Which ice cream favorite brand? Most folks enjoy home made.

  • Hi, Jo–

    Ahh, the joys of summer!

    1. Soaking up rays. I tried waterskiing once, and my ankles wouldn’t stay steady. It was fun to try, though. As an alternative, I could ride in the boat pulling the skier.

    2. Sleepovers. Camping out in the back yard just never appealed to me.

    3. Watermelon. If I can have good, ripe, sweet watermelon, I’d take that over any other form of produce. Except maybe vine-ripened tomatoes.

    4. Homemade peach ice cream was a staple of summer when I was growing up. My dad made it, and it was fabulous. Whenever I have it, I remember his pleasure in serving it and the fun of licking the paddle.

    5. Sleeping in will always be my choice.

    6. Family vacation, definitely. The NC state fair is in the fall. We went once when the boy was little. While it was a nice experience (we took the train, which made a special stop for all the fair-goers directly opposite the fairgrounds), we’re not much for rides and the skill games.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Ah, Nancy, I’m too clumsy to try water skiing. My family always says I can trip just standing still.

      I’d love that peach ice cream recipe. Can you share with us?

  • Jo, there’s a cruel, cruel edge to your post today. It’s as cold as charity down here in Oz today. Summer seems a long way away! 🙂

    OK, here are my answers:
    Soaking up the sun at the beach.
    Sleepovers with besties.
    Any ice cream will do!
    Lying in bed late reading – which is both fun and lazy!
    Family vacation.

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Giggle, Anna. I knew you guys in Oz would be experiencing something a lot different from us in the states. I haven’t heard that “cold as charity” phrase; it must be an Aussie phrase.

    Isn’t it funny about sleepovers? I still love having them, like at conferences or going on a holiday with my girls. We get to laughing, giggling and playing cards like we’re still teenagers!