Summer Is… by 320 Sycamore

By Kate Riley June 21, 2012

It is so nice having spent this past week on vacation and I’m *almost* ready to return home – I do look forward to the familiarity that awaits.  Our vacation has been so great, yet I can’t wait to enjoy even more pleasures of summer in our own backyard.  Today, I have two more guests who will share their favorites about this time of year in the “Summer Is” series, the first is my friend Melissa who offers so many great tips, ideas, and projects for the home at her blog 320 Sycamore

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“Thank you, Kate for having me over at your place! I love summer. When I think of summer, I think of  flags and home-town parades,

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cloud watching in green grass,

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do you see the whale eating the fish??

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lazy afternoons in the hammock with a good book,

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blueberry picking,

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the lake,

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playing until dark,

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lanterns, white candles, driftwood, and shells

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and yummy salads.


(we love this one from Southern Living)

For us, it’s a perfect time to slow down a bit, to lighten things up around the house, to open the windows at night, to soak in childhood and make memories, and to be grateful for the freedoms we enjoy that others have sacrificed so much for.

It’s the smell of green grass, sunscreen, and burgers on the grill. It’s the sound of marching bands, crickets, and sprinklers.  It’s the touch of gooey toasted marshmallows, cool water, and hot pavement underneath your bare feet.  It’s the taste of watermelon, strawberry jam, and ice cream cones. It’s the sight of fireflies at night, green fields, flowers, and lemonade stands. It’s the time that you look back on a cold, dreary February afternoon and long for.  Here’s to summer of 2012!”

Thanks so much Melissa for sharing your summer favorites with us – burgers, and watermelon, and ice cream?  Yes, please!  And I so love how Melissa’s summer’s are ones dedicated to making memories, do you feel the same?  




  1. Yay Melissa! My blog idol! Love your posts, you speak to me and now I am gonna go outside and pick some weeds while eating a little bit of watermelon. :) Happy Summer!

  2. Thank you, Kate for having me! Loved your paint/stain class at Haven and it was so fun to see CG too! You are every bit as wonderful in person as you are online. You all did amazing with the conference. Can’t wait for next year! xo

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