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Enjoying the Last of Summer

September 18th, 2009

I realized I haven’t given you an update on Lucy in a while (if you don’t know what happened read about the original injury here and here’s another one a month later). She’s been progressing quite well this summer and is now able to go on 20 minutes walks with us in the evening. We’re going to start adding another short walk in the morning soon. She is only limping a little, and occasionally she even jogs a little bit. Her injury hasn’t stopped her from enjoying the summer, she’s been sunning herself every afternoon and chasing bees whenever she gets a chance, although chasing deer, rabbits and the UPS man is still off-limits.
Dog_eating_watermelon
One of Lucy’s favorite summertime treats; watermelon ends. She gets very excited when she sees me bring one home from the farmer’s market, and as soon as she hears me cut it, she’s by my side in the kitchen waiting for the end. Out to the porch she goes with her watermelon end and you’ve never seen such a cleaned out rind when shes through!
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There’s just something about watermelons that say “summer”. I’m truly sad that summer is coming to and end, the chill in the air and the twinge of color on the trees lets me know that it won’t be around much longer. I’ll be sad that watermelon season is over, but I’m also looking forward to fresh bread and soup season!

What foods you associate with each season?

12 Comments to “Enjoying the Last of Summer”
  1. Daphne on September 18, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Spring is greens season where salads rule. Summer brings fruits like strawberries, cantaloupes and peaches. Fall is the fattening season, when the carbs rule the kitchen. Potatoes and squash take over as do pies and baking. I always lose weight with the spring and gain it in the fall. This has nothing to do with effort on my part or summer bikini season, it is just the natural flow of the seasons.
    .-= Daphne´s last blog ..Collecting Lettuce Seed =-.

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  2. Chicago Mike on September 18, 2009 at 8:27 am

    I associate barbeque with each season. :)

    And I associate tomatoes with summer. It is a defining moment every year. One of the most accurate things my father ever told me, one that still effects me, is that the seasons mark time in our lives, months are a fake construct, days are too short, it is seasons that define the timeline of our lives. The older I get the more right he is. And one of the marks of season simply has to be tomatoes.
    .-= Chicago Mike´s last blog ..The Coolest Kid In The Neighborhood =-.

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    • Susy on September 18, 2009 at 2:11 pm

      I agree – tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes!

      I like the “seasonal” living idea as well, very true!

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  3. L2 on September 18, 2009 at 8:31 am

    Tasha and Justin recommended that I check out your blog – I am so glad I did, too! It’s fantastic! All of your information on gardening, canning, how-to’s is just great! I’ll be checking back for more tips! Amazing work! P.S.- Keep bees next spring! :) Be well!
    .-= L2´s last blog ..Fit for a Rockstar =-.

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  4. KitsapFG on September 18, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Spring – asparagus, spinach, rhubarb
    Summer – tomatoes, corn, strawberries, blueberries
    Fall – pumpkins, brussel sprouts, potatoes
    Winter – parsnips, kale

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  5. Tree on September 18, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Fall: Fall is color and leaves, its raking and jumping, children’s laughter. Its snuggling on the couch (for a little extra warmth) and wrapping up with a warm sweater or blanket. Its apple cider (first cold then warmed) and fresh apple fritters on Sunday after Church (haven’t done that since I was a child and went to church, time to ask my mum to share the recipe and make these with the girls and me). Its long walks in brisk weather, its pumpkins and all things baked good with pumpkin, its soup and fresh bread, pasta and potatoes and other warm comfort foods, its time to enjoy!
    .-= Tree´s last blog ..Craigslist Success! =-.

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  6. the inadvertent farmer on September 18, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Spring is for peas, summer belongs to tomatoes, fall is all about pumpkins, winter is for overwintered greens and root crops! Every season my garden shares its bounty with me, thanks! Kim
    .-= the inadvertent farmer´s last blog ..Friday Funnies…Here Comes Trouble! =-.

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  7. deedee on September 18, 2009 at 10:21 am

    fall is my favorite…. i love the leaves & taking kids to the pumpkin patch. we have several other “fall” traditions too. lots of fun! apple cider is one of my favorites:) i absolutely love the pics of lucy & her watermelon… too cute!

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  8. Heather on September 18, 2009 at 11:56 am

    I love the seasons as well. It just wouldn’t be the same living somewhere that didn’t get such well defined seasons. For me fall is about apples and pumpkins and warm soups and stews. Its also about getting the garden ready for next Spring, so that it will be ready for another round of yummy fruits and veggies.
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..Helpers =-.

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  9. Kathie on September 18, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Watermelon is one of my most favorite parts of the summer season. I can totally understand Lucy’s enthusiasm.

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  10. Sherri on September 18, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Our dogs follow our 3 year old around when he’s eating watermelon and wait for the rinds too! Only difference is – ours eat the entire rind! Glad to hear Lucy’s doing better!
    .-= Sherri´s last blog ..this dress… =-.

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  11. Christine on September 18, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Living in Florida, we don’t get much in the way of seasons (I’m just now starting some tomatoes!) We’ve moved even further south this year down into zone 10— we don’t even hit freezing most winters here. We’re also just a mile or so away from the bay, so the weather is even more mild. It works well for extended the seasons, but we don’t have much luck with any “winter” crops— most root vegetables won’t even grow here.
    .-= Christine´s last blog ..Tine and Tay =-.

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