Sunday, August 7, 2016

Summer Style Note - Wringing Summer Dry



As I drove home from work the other day, I noticed that one lone tree in the center of town has a smidgen of red on its top.   Instead of making me sad, I decided to redouble my efforts to wring dry every drop of summer.  Also in response, my August Seventeens went back to storage and I bought a stone-colored denim skirt to wear with my relaxed tee shirts on the weekend.  It's unusual for me to buy something new this late in the season but I am determined to live this summer to the very end.  In stone-cold January, I will thank myself. 

I am guessing this image was taken in the 60's.  I adore the crisp white pants, the bright print shirt, and especially, the whimsical bow hat.  Our model pulled out all the stops to go painting on the beach.  Making summer last means pulling out some stops too - making salads with native tomatoes and corn, eating ice cream, and drinking gallons of homemade iced tea.  As much as my new skirt sounds rather dull, don't expect me to settle into pre-fall drab right now - I'm all about my colorful dresses, white jeans, jeweled sandals and my beribboned beach hats.  

Last night at our summer theater, I spotted a fellow believer.  She wore a delightful sleeveless vintage gown in creamy mint sherbet with a chiffon overlay that trailed behind her.  Around her waist was a belt made of tiny seashells that matched the two bracelets on her left wrist.  And tucked behind her ear was a huge tropical lily.  Talk about embracing the season - she was not a day younger than 91. And although she needed help walking to her seat, a few glimpses her way told me she enjoyed the show very much - the smile never left her face. 

In the winter of life, she is still wringing summer dry. 


12 comments:

  1. Summer theatre aficionados always have class. Lovely post, a always.

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    1. Thank you! I love Theater By the Sea in RI.

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  2. We're having a garden party the end of August--a huge fundraiser for our schools' art, music, and library programs. This is asking a lot but I wondered if I could post your last paragraph to our group facebook page to encourage young and old to attend. I just love it.

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    1. Thank you Gail! Absolutely use my work and post a link if you want too. How wonderful to be part of such good work like your school's fundraising. We need elders to attend these things - they can inspire.

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  3. Too bad you didn't snap a photo of the lovely woman--I would have loved to see the outfit!

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    1. She was lovely Lynn! And her dress was pure 1969! And it looked amazing.

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  4. My granddaughter and her boyfriend are picking me up shortly but I wanted to thank you for granting permission to use. I've already got the ball rolling and I hope you will receive an e-mail with the link to the Foundation's facebook page. And you're so right; we need all the support we can muster for our schools.

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  5. Wringing it dry indeed! This summer has been a TRUE summer...hot, steamy days, balmy nights, cooling breezes, lazy moments, beach sitting, and shady reading. We Northerners need to embrace every minute to store it up for the wintery blasts we know are to come. I love this post!!! XO Karen

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  6. I will cling to summer right to the last drop/shred/morsel. Each season deserves to be enjoyed right to the end and I have little interest in 'getting ready for fall' or wishing the summer away in any manner. Lovely post, as always!

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  7. Here's the link for Willits Educational Foundation group Facebook page. Hopefully, you will see the excerpt from your post. Thank you again.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1360485147300805/

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    1. Thank you Gail...glad I could help and I hope it's a smashing success!

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