Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Make Hay While The Sun Shines

So long August....

I never have liked you.  

You're a perpetual sweat ball on the end of the nose... a  hot flash that won't go away. You kill the flowers and zap the strength.  You steal little children from the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer and lock them up in classrooms before they're ready. 

You meanie, you. 

No. I never have been  a fan of August. 
Not when I was a kid, not when I was a young mother, not ever.   

Until now.  

 It has taken me 52 years to find  the redeeming value of  August,
 but I've finally found it.

Here's what it is:

Congress is on recess. 

Lest you think this is a political post and plan to skedaddle, hold yer horses. It isn't. I don't suffer from the delusion that a congressional recess is a month long vacation. This is a representative republic, after all. Recess means that they work in the district among the folks they are supposed to represent.

That's a good thing, right?
Yeah, I think so too. 

But that's not the reason I like it. I like it because recess makes August is a great time for the little ants on the Hill to take their vacation time. In other words, come home to Mother...

That's what mine did, anyway, and that's why August is off the naughty list this year. 
We had a wonderfully extended Labor Day weekend around here with a full house.

You'd think I would have all kinds of blog fodder to show for it, wouldn't you? 

But no. 

Mainly, we just sat around and yakked.  We ate a meal on that sunflower table and sat on the porch fighting the gnats with our church fans.  The gnats won.

We had better luck when we took our dream team to Trivia Night at El Sombrero. We kind of kicked butt there 'cause we know random stuff like the name of Kimmie Gibler's boyfriend on Full House.

We ended up coming in second place behind a team whose name I can't repeat on the world wide web and won a $15.00 gift certificate for our trivial pursuit.   We would have won  $30.00 if we hadn't second guessed ourselves on a bonus question... or if any one of us had ever read The Life of Pi.

(Which takes place in the Pacific Ocean, just in case you get asked that at El Trivia Night.)   

All too soon, it was time to say good-bye.  Fortunately, we had enough family memories stored up to last us until next time.

 Oh, and it's Dwayne. 

Kimmie Gibbler's boyfriend's name was Dwayne.
You were all  racking your brains trying to remember that, weren't you?

Yeah, that's what I thought. 

So what did you do on your Labor Day weekend?

sharing at Good Fences this week.


Ann said...

Love your photos!
What fun that you got this time with both of your young ladies.
I'm not crazy about August either....but you gave me an excellent reason to appreciate it. ;)


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Well, that's what you get for not inviting me to go, too. I read LIFE OF PI. ;-)

So glad you all had such fun being together. And a $15 gift certificate is nothing to sneeze at! Well, that would be unsanitary anyhow. :-D

Okay, I confess, I woke up in a silly mood. I am supposed to be at a board meeting but can't make the multiple hour trek there so I guess I am playing hookie.

I agree with you about August. But I loved it as a child because it was the last days before school in September. And as much as I dreaded the onset of classes, I used to get so excited getting new crayons and dresses with the lat tr usually being plaid!. It was the South, and we descend from many Scots! LOL.

Me? I long for spring. I think I am a perpetual child, loving flowers and green, green grass, and baby ducks. I love the Easter egg hues of spring. I love the soft sun before it becomes so fierce in summer, and I love Easter.

Okay, I best get moving. Love to the entire Yak family! Here is a special shout-out to the Duchess. "Mornin', Duchess! Hope you are feeling sassy!" xoxoxo

Loving the cooler temps today...

Sheila :-)

Denise said...

I thought you were going to talk about actually making hay while the sun shines...which of course we are actually doing around the farm.

So glad you had some extended time with the girls. It's always such a pleasure to spend time with our adult children. I'm not surprised that you played trivia so well. You are, after all, a plethora of information. And, we do possess that competitive gene.

As you know, I spent the holiday weekend with my girls at the beach. Long drive but enjoyed every moment with them.

Not a fan of August either. Too hot. Tired of it.

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

These photos are so pretty!! I liked Full House but I would never get the name Dwayne...I agree with you, the best times are yakking with family!!

Debbie said...

Good morning! Nope, never much cared for August either, lol. But your discovered reason is wonderful. Soo glad you got this time with your girls. Fun times, and I would have never gotten that Full House question, though my middle son would have. Don't know how he stores all the information he does. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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Babs R said...

Your Labor Day sounds like it was fun, except the gnats part. Ours was really quiet...just vegged around the house. Oh, I did make pulled pork and cole slaw. Whee! :)

Babs R said...

Your Labor Day sounds like it was fun, except the gnats part. Ours was really quiet...just vegged around the house. Oh, I did make pulled pork and cole slaw. Whee! :)

Sharon said...

Oh Debbie, sounds like so much fun! You know, my oldest son is a master at trivia - we have actually nicknamed him POK (Purveyor Of Knowledge). So, I'm going to challenge him with this Full House question. He might just remember it!

What did we do?

We wandered around yard sales and explored an antique store. Found a wonderful cow skull with horns. I know, not everyone's cup of tea, but for us, it was on our antique bucket list. Continues the rustic theme.

Oh, and we ate out. But, it was after a long walk into town, so I'm thinking I had already walked off my calories? (Please say yes).

Loved the photo montage of the hay bales! And saying goodbye to August? I'm on the fence...


Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

Cute post and so glad you had such a wonderful visit. That is one of the many joys of them living out of town and coming to see them for a long stretch at a time!!

Oh Labor Day..labored, but first went to the lake with grandson!

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Sounds like you had a great visit! (Well, minus the bugs.) We fired up the grill and made some BBQ chicken-good stuff:@)

Barbara F. said...

August is my birthday month, so I like it a lot. It is not my favorite month, that would be October! I will take a sweat ball dangling off my rather short but cute nose any day over snow and ice. lol! Oh, btw, I finally got a new laptop. Need to hook it up!

Sue said...

There is nothing better than the family all together. Especially when these days are all too fleeting. I know you savored every moment.

Chatty Crone said...

Well I am with you - I do not like August either - way tooooooooooo hot - and this August was no exception here for us!

Maria said...

Lucy and Linus took a trip to the Magic Kingdom over Labor Day. Woo hoo!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I have always hated the fall, when I lived in Minnesota I dreaded the long cold winters ahead. How great to have your daughter home!! WE cranked up the smoker on labor day and made some fabulous smoked chicken and ribs...Yum


Kathryn Ross said...

So glad you had your girlies home for some family fun! Those empty nests can be lonely - but look how much time you had for all the upgrades. Bet the gals loved your new decor for the digs!

I was just thinking about Full House this past week. Ed and I watched Candice Cameron Bure in Finding Normal - darling film.

I introduced a new blogging friend who hadn't' quite found her way into Blogland yet, to your blog. She writes with a sense of humor, too, and loved the "meandering motormouth" line. Just met her via our new state Christian writers group.

Always blessed with a chuckle when I drop by your place.

kitty said...

Well second place is great, Debbie, and think of all the memories you made. I did labor on Labor Day. I was in my sewing room working on baby bedding. That's me...Little Miss Project!

Mrs.Rabe said...

You had the best kind of holiday weekend! So glad for you!

I have a trivial mind too, but forgot Kimmie Gibbler's boyfriend's name.

I like the espalier fruit trees.


Kelley said...

We? What did we do? Three generations went Labor Day shopping and got some especially great deals! Haven't done that with Mother and The Firstborn in a looong, looong time!


Debbiedoos said...

I am with you for the month of August. The only good thing about it imo is that it is both my husband and sons birthdays. Otherwise I could skip it and go right to sweet September. Beautiful photos Debbie!

TexWisGirl said...

love your hay bale and fence photos! just gorgeous! harvest time (for any crop) is always good. glad to have you joining good fences! nice to have another fence fanatic! :)

Amy Burzese said...

Hey, love all the hay roll shots. Hot flash that won't go away - me in summer.

Creations By Cindy said...

Love all of your pictures and I with ya girl on AUGUST! WOW, I would just love to see a little cooler weather! Cannot even begin to think about putting a pumpkin out in this heat! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Ruth Kelly said...

I've always thought that school should start after labor day and not in August and I believe that I am not alone with these thoughts.

Ida said...

I can relate to parts of why August isn't such a great month (the heat here was awful) but our kids don't go back to school until after Labor Day. I'm so happy yours got to come home and you all had a great time together. Trivia sounds fun.
Loved your fence shots especially the one with the rolled bales of hay and the vines around it.

Karen S. said...

Ha! Ha! My feelings exactly! Well early August is slightly okay, but once the fairs begin to hit town, we know it's a sign that summer is coming to a close! I don't like that idea one bit either. I do like your lovely photos, and your story here!

Chandra said...

Never thought hay could be this beautiful. I knew it was always fun to jump on and play in, when I was a kid, but never once stopped to enjoy its beauty, until now.
Well done!
Peace :) said...

Love, love your photos. Oh that is cool the gate all dolled up.

Happy August passed and Sept has arrived.

Deborah Montgomery said...

I don't care for the beginning of August either because of the heat. It usually gets very nice toward the end and into September, but this year it's been hot and sticky still.
I used to dislike March the most -- winter dragging on and on, and tax season too (my husband is a CPA), but then I had two babies in March so that kind of redeemed it!

Cranberry Morning said...

Fun post! I've always loved August. It's my birthday and now our family reunion time. It's also when we get most of our summertime company. It's warm, lush, gorgeous in Wisconsin in August. February is the one I hate. Lol

Jacqueline said...

Well, that is a good reason to like August! I would like it a lot more if they didn't put the kiddies back in school.
The hay bales are stunning! What beautiful farm life photos.

Felicia said...

cute post. excellent images of fences and round bales.

bettyl-NZ said...

It's good to reevaluate your views now and then. Sometimes, you find you've been missing out! I do like your hay rolls in the fields. I like how they look and smell.

bj said...

I'm lovin' the hay bales and fences.
So glad you had a good visit with family....always gooood.
xo bj

Decor To Adore said...

Dwayne! Hee. My son has just discovered Full House reruns on Nick. Loves it. The only other redeeming quality about August that I could think of was that I got to turn another year older. So now I am sure its your favorite month. :)

I also wanted to thank you for your kind comments and wonderful friendship. You are a treasure. Have a blessed week!

Amy Kinser said...

Hey my friend!! I love that you had extra time with your girls. I know what that means to you and I am thankful with you. We are great!! I love to laugh "with" you when I have a chance to sit down and my computer and read. Miss our "chats".


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