|Small Melon Basket that Mom made in Spring 2013|
If you think short sleeves, short hems, and short shorts signify summer in the south, you are sadly mistaken. It means spring has sprung. Summer's coming, tho. And when it gets here, we'll be wondering why we rushed spring's loveliness and days of seventies and eighties. Enjoy where and when we are right now, the mornings when sixties demand a light sweater to calm the goosebumps, the days when we might break a sweat as we move thru the sunny afternoons, the cooler evenings that are just right for sitting on the porch swing, and the nights when temperatures dip down in the fifties.
To my northern roots, the signs of summer are here: school's out, pools are open, and Memorial Day is this weekend. Watermelon's in the market, lettuce and summer squash are being harvested, and Sonic's half~priced shakes are here. So I've had to shift what summer means to me, those things now mean spring is mostly gone and summer is right around the corner. Summer now means a heat and humidity as thick as egg drop soup, nights that are a reprieve from the direct sun, panting dogs, tea, tea, and more sweet tea, sweating while I'm toweling off from the shower, pig roasts, grilled meats and veggies, huge salads, and wondering how in the world our ancestors ever managed without air conditioning while wearing so many layers of clothing.
All that's coming soon enough, for now, I'm going to enjoy what's left of spring and try to finish up the last few knitting projects with heavy yarn before I start some lighter weight projects.