The Days Of Summer

“I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭10:23‬ ‭

It’s the season that stirs my emotions like no other.  It takes me back to a time and place where the days were long and the cares were few.  The memories…oh the memories! They seemed to last forever.  As a child, my days were full of hide ‘n seek with the neighborhood kids,  fireflies at night crammed into a mason jar,  and the taste of homemade ice cream churned by hand.  As I entered my teenage years,  I loved pizza and movies with friends,  falling asleep to the sounds of the late sixties and early 70’s  playing on my radio, and those years introduced me to the guy that would become my forever love.  Those summer days…the days and the memories that make me feel forever young.  Although now, you won’t find me playing hide ‘n seek or catching fireflies at night, I still love the days of summer.  Let’s take a look at some of the reasons that I love this season!


By now, you know we love the outdoors, but especially our little haven here known as our garden.  You can find everything from foxgloves to tomatoes to zinnias to squash right outside our door.  We spend our Saturdays weeding and doing the chores that it requires, so that our evenings may be spent relaxing and enjoying our meals al fresco style!



Farm-to-Table Eating

Does it get any fresher than farm-to-table eating?  I love to walk outside, pick a basket of tomatoes, squash, and okra….yum, my mouth is watering typing this!  So far this year, our squash has come in, but it wont be too long before we have tomatoes coming out of our ears!



Summer Sunsets

Who doesn’t love a summer sunset?  The past three evenings have been hand painted by our Creator with hues of oranges, pinks, and blues as the sun retreats until morning.  We have seen sunsets all over the map, but right here in the Appalachian foothills is the place we love to end our days.

Right here in our front yard!

Sailing away from the island of Crete!

Weiss Lake

Weiss Lake again!

Sailing on the North Sea

Ending a day in Arizona


Last year, we decided to plant sunflowers behind the garden.  Little did I know how much “happy” they would bring to my days with their smiling faces!  We loved them!  So, this year, we planted even more and they should be making their 2016 debut soon!  Whether standing tall in the garden or tucked neatly inside a vase on my table, sunflowers are one of my very favorite things about summer!

“Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer…”

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  1. lulu says:

    My garden doesn’t yield quite so much, but the simple fact I have one gives such great pleasure. The same is true for summer days whether we are exploring on the boat or taking a walk on the dirt road. It is a short season here so every day is to be cherished. Backtracking a little, I so enjoyed your last post. What a gift to have men you so love and respect in your life. They are equally fortunate to have you.

  2. Kim says:

    You two have a good system going for managing your garden. The fruit (and veggies) of your labor looks divine! You two are so blessed to have each other to love, live with, work beside, share, and all the other things of life. I know you are thankful! Thanks for sharing your love of summer with us today. It sounds like your childhood was exactly like mine! Those were treasured days, and so is today. God is so good!!!

  3. Beautiful post. I adore sunsets and the tomatoes ! My mouth is watering for a plate of corn and fried okra,cornbread and peaches! Can’t wait to see all your sunflowers.

  4. cindy says:

    Oh I love this post and the pictures are beautifully stunning. Love me some sunflowers too and you can never beat farm to the table! Thanks for sharing. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  5. acaciaserena says:

    Querida Pam, os felicito por saber vivir y valorar lo que tenéis. El jardín es precioso, claro está que vuestro trabajo os cuesta, pero el resultado es maravilloso.
    Disfrutad, queridos amigos, no desperdiciéis ni un solo minuto de vuestra hermosa vida en común.
    Visitar vuestro blog es un magnífico regalo.

    Dear Pam, I congratulate you on how to live and appreciate what you have. The garden is beautiful, it is clear that costs you your job, but the result is wonderful.
    Enjoy, dear friends, do not waste a single minute of your beautiful life together.
    Visit your blog is a great gift.

    • Querida Dolores, gracias a nuestro amigo! La vida está ocupado, pero es bueno. ¿Cómo está su Antonio después de su cirugía de garganta? Le deseamos una buena recuperación! ¡Bendiciones para ti y tu familia! Butch y Pam

      Dearest Dolores, thank you our friend! Life is busy, but it is good. How is your Antonio after his throat surgery? We wish him a good recovery! Blessings to you and your family! Butch and Pam

  6. dolores says:

    Pam, me he dado cuenta que el comentario ha salido firmado como “acaciaserena”, que es el nombre con el que firmo en Youtube, pero soy yo Dolores

    Pam, I’ve noticed that the comment has been signed as “acaciaserena” which is the name I sign on Youtube, but I’m Dolores

  7. Stacey says:

    Beautiful…just beautiful. Summer is wonderful and you’ve captured it to perfection.

    Thank you for sharing at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. We are glad to have you. :)

  8. Christine says:

    You have captured the warm memories of summers past .
    We must be close in age …
    you have described so perfectly my childhood and teenage years long ago ! Those emotions , those feelings , friendships and young love… what a blessing to know we experienced life in a simpler , less complicated time !
    I may go out and look for fireflies tonight !
    Thank you Pam for sharing !

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