“What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.”  — Jane Austen

I can agree with that. But we’ve just moved to the Midwest and it gets cold here in winter – Chicago, you almost froze me out last winter – so I’ll soak up all the sunshine I can – even if I grow “brown and coarse” like poor Lizzy Bennett.


Hmmm…. Moving on…. I thought it might be fun here to simply share anything special you are doing this summer:




Are you growing your garden?

Spending time with family?

Getting ready for the AGM?

Working hard, but attempting to take a summer-filled breath each day?

As for me, we are to soon leave on our first family trip in about a decade. Moving, school, work has all prevented us from putting aside a little time and those

kids are growing fast! So I’m very excited about that. Of course, I’ll add a dash of work too – can’t help myself – and research and write my next manuscript.

So enjoy a lemonade, a good read, time outdoors and, perhaps, a touch of sunblock

And let us know what you’re up to…


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John Smith
John Smith
January 16, 2018 12:21 AM

What a great garden! Perfect!

Sharon Lathan
Sharon Lathan (@sharon)
July 23, 2015 2:42 AM

We finally finished planting our backyard garden area. After only one year in our Kentucky house I suppose that wasn’t too long a delay, but I sure was tired of seeing plain dirt! Now I hope, in time, that the perennials will grow big and flower like the ones in your photo!

July 18, 2015 10:18 PM

My schedule is even busier this summer with work, volunteering, and hopefully reading more P&P inspired novels! Wishing everyone a great summer!

Sheila L. M.
Sheila L. M.
July 15, 2015 2:22 PM

Deborah, I envy you the garden. Two things work against me in that respect, now living in a condo and having arthritic knees.

I will be traveling to the Seattle area to visit my daughter and her husband and then a bus trip with a friend to visit the Canadian side of Niagara Falls and that area. I have been before but this is just a three day get away. I have never been to Italy and just the architecture there looks so gorgeous in photos!

July 15, 2015 11:29 AM

I am sooooo jealous – Italy! Wish I was there, too.

Going to the beach for 2 weeks. Can’t afford a place, so we’ll be camping!

Linda A.
Linda A.
July 15, 2015 9:42 AM

After dry-roasting in the 100+ heat of the high plains, I have a work trip to Ireland to look forward to — at least I am looking forward to the 50/60 degree weather…

Stephanie L
July 15, 2015 9:06 AM

This summer, for me, is not much fun. I am in some really tough accounting classes that started in May and run through September. On top of that, I am very envious of Deborah’s garden as mine got completely drowned when we had the severe flooding a bit back. I’ll never forget seeing the tops of my tomato plants peeking through allll that water and then they were gone. sigh only my mint has survived. Not surprising as it IS mint. LOL I am working and going to school and staying out of the very hot Oklahoma sun. All of you lovelies post your pics so I can live vicariously through your adventures! I’m going to Cozumel in the fall so I think I can I think I can… =D

July 15, 2015 8:20 AM

Katherine, enjoy your family vacation! Please post lots of pictures. My summer plans are to stay cool and work my way through my TBR pile.

July 15, 2015 6:12 AM

I’m just finishing up 2 overnight shifts at the hospital and than I’m on VACATION! Going to Bermuda for rest and relaxation. Yeah!

Deborah Fortin
July 15, 2015 5:52 AM

For the summer, even though my work week has not been shortened as promised (from 50 hours to 40 hours) I have a vegetable garden with brocolli, cucumbers, carrots, radishes, tomatoes, raspberries, peppers, eggplant, mint and about 20 different herbs. I am hoping to get away for a week and go to Salem and Marblehead, Massachusetts, as my husband’s dad and mom are from those towns.

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