Poetry Friday – End of Summer

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It’s Friday! And you know what that means: Poetry! Want to know more about Poetry Friday? Click this link right here. And be sure to check out the amazing Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s blog, The Poem Farm, to see this week’s round up of wonderful poetry related posts, blogs and goodness.


Hello and Happy Poetry Friday! As you can see, my blog has gotten a little bit of a facelift. It’s still a work in progress, so please excuse the mess.

My laptop was on the fritz, so I decided to upgrade. Actually, my husband (who uses the iPad Pro to illustrate professionally) decided to upgrade and I wanted to see if I could make his “old” iPad work as my new laptop replacement.

I was really curious if a tablet could actually replace a traditional laptop for a writer so I will probably do a separate post in the future with my overall impressions.

I went shopping with my toddler today and made two observations. One, the Halloween decorations and costumes are out! We spent about 15 minutes trying on hats and masks and giggling together. I LOVE this time of year.

Second, it doesn’t matter that I live in Florida and we will not approach “fall” temperatures until MAYBE December (average high December 1st is 77 degrees during the day). The stores will rid their shelves of flip flops and shorts NOW. I found one pair of sandals (on the clearance rack) in his size. The rest were replaced by sneakers and boots. BOOTS! Seriously?

This is the one time of year that I get a bit grumbly about living in Florida. I miss fall. I miss the changing leaves, and the crispness in the air. I miss it being chilly on Halloween instead of sweating buckets in your costume. Once the snow starts hitting hard everywhere though, I stop complaining (mostly because that’s usually when we have our month of “fall-like” weather.)

So in honor of summer wrapping up, I share my (and my husband’s illustration) contribution to Carol Varsalona’s “Art of Summering” gallery.

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  1. Love your intro to the poem, the ode to aloe vera & illustration, Rebecca. What different weather lives we live. But this is the time of year I love with the granddaughters. We sometimes go to a thrift store just to see all the different costumes, masks & hats. It is fun as you described.

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    1. How did your dog like their costume? My daughter picked out a costume for our bearded dragon this year. I will try to remember to post a picture on here at some point.

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  2. Haha! You and your hubby make a great team! I also had to laugh at your “end of summer” Florida laments—you’re so right about the sudden disappearance of flip-flops! These stores get so gosh darn bossy. Before you know it they’ll be pushing Christmas on us and it STILL won’t be boot weather.

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    1. My daughter made a comment that she hopes it’ll snow down here in Venice this year. I still don’t think she understands the Florida is warm all year round!

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  3. Aloe vera is a magic plant! We keep one in the kitchen. And how is it that we keep staying out too long in the sun when we KNOW the consequences? So funny! Good luck with your tech changes. And enjoy these seasonal changes. Here in Western New York, beautiful fall is on the way. xxx

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    1. I have Chinese neighbors that gave me a plant and they even showed me how to cut it so you can eat it! Enjoy your fall weather—wear a cozy sweater for me. 🙂

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