Patricia Bates http://ofinkandquille.blogspot.com
Kay Springsteen http://kayspringsteen.wordpress.com
Anne K. Albert http://anne-k-albert.blogspot.com
Gabrielle Bisset http://gbisset.blogspot.com
Delia Latham – I’m always behind…I see the movies after they leave the theaters. I think I’d like to see “Water for Elephants,” and I just watched “Tangled” with my grandchildren last week. I love animated movies, so they’re always a pleasure to watch, any time of year.
Water for Elephants is on my Netflix queue. Haven’t seen Tangled yet, but want to.
Wend Petzler – Harry Potter’s Deathly Hallows part II. Got to see the end!!! I must, I must!!! Oh, I am also going to see Thor. Dead Lord! Chris Helmsworth is the most sexy man of the summer!
Saw Thor and Helmsworth definitely was easy on the eyes (don’t worry, I already told my hubby that while we sat in the theater watching the movie together!)
Anne, what kind of books do you like to read when relaxing at the beach or while on summer vacation?
Anne K. Albert – I always take romantic suspense or mysteries along to the beach. They’re the perfect way to forget about the real world for a few hours.
I love romantic suspense and mysteries. Loved your book, Defending Glory and can’t wait to read the next one in your series. Gabrielle, what about you?
Gabrielle Bisset – When I’m at the beach or at the lake, I’m reading romance novels or mysteries. I can get lost in those books for hours, which means if I didn’t slather on the sunscreen, I’m in big trouble!
Agreed! I can get lost in a book so easily. Thankfully, we bring an umbrella to the beach or I’ll get as red as one of the tomatoes from my garden!
Does anyone prefer the summer Olympics over the winter games?
Stacy Juba –I prefer winter because of the skating and ice hockey, though I do like the gymnastics in the summer.
I agree. I watch skating in the winter and the gymnastics in the summer, along with swimming and diving. My husband likes to watch the ice hockey in the winter…and anytime the Flyers are playing during the hockey season.
Heather Haven – I plant tomatoes, spices and herbs, which I use for cooking. I’m a good cook.
That’s great. We have a garden too…plant tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, broccoli, cucumbers and eggplants. Love fresh veggies in the summer!
Has anyone experienced any damage from summer hailstorms? Last year, we had a bad hailstorm and it destroyed some of our vegetables from the garden.
Julie Lence – We’ve been fortunate the last few years. Our trucks are garaged and the hail has only shattered the leaves on the trees. Years ago, we did have damage to our roof and had to have it replaced.
That’s one thing about summer I don’t like…those thunderstorms with hail! Are there any sports adventurers who like to go kayaking, boating or do you prefer relaxing on the beach with a good book?
Killarney Sheffield – None of the above, horseback riding and camping are my favorite things to do.
I’ve only gone horseback riding once and camping is not my favorite. My husband is trying to get me to go camping again.
Elaine Marie Cooper – Speaking of camping, I would rather not worry about bugs while using the “facilities” in nature! LOL
I agree, Elaine! So, Annette, do you ever “work” on vacation? You know, check your email and blog and get some writing in?
Annette Snyder – And yes, I work on vacation. Writing is in my blood and I’m an early riser so, while all my vacation cohorts are still sleeping, I get up, write for a bit, check emails, update my blog---all those things a writer does. By the time everyone else is ready to go, I’m done working and we’re off.
Me, too. I’m guilty of the same. I try not to get too crazy about it, though. That’s where my husband comes in and reminds me to relax.
How about another quote on summer time and relaxation?
Elaine Cantrell – “In every girls life; there’s a boy she’ll never forget and a summer where it all began.” — Unknown
Elaine, I love that quote! Thanks for sharing it.
Kay Springsteen – This is an excerpt from my WIP, Heartcries.
“May I have a large lemonade, a funnel cake with strawberries, and a large vanilla ice cream cone with chocolate sprinkles, please?” The little girl staring up at Lina couldn't have been more than ten. A gust of wind toyed with the curly light brown hair outlining a petite heart-shaped face, and ruffled the crisp twenty dollar bill she held in her hand. She tightened her grip.
Lina glanced out over the crowded midway but saw no sign of an adult accompanying the little girl. Normally, it wouldn’t have been a problem. After all, the girl obviously could pay for her order. But it was the third time in the last hour or so that the child had presented herself to the Sweet Treats kiosk Lina was manning for the Salem Hills Fire Department, and she began to wonder if the little girl was lost.
With the location of Sweet Treats in the center of the Salem Hills, Virginia Founder’s Day festivities, Lina had a good view of the entire fair. To her right, the entrance to the rides, to her left the hawkers with their game booths, behind her, more concession stands with variations on fair food; popcorn and snowcones, cotton candy, hotdogs and fries. But Sweet Treats had the best place, right at the center of the midway, the first of the food kiosks. And they had the most popular delicacies, too; the fresh squeezed lemonade, the funnel cakes with fruit and sugar, the elephant ears, the deep fried Oreos, and the hand-dipped ice cream. (From Heartcries, WIP)
Cher Green – By the time I turned seventeen, I was working part time after school and fulltime during the summer.
I did some babysitting as a teen and got my first part-time job working at my mom’s counseling center as a secretary during my senior year.
JoAnn, do you even like summer or is winter, spring or fall more what you enjoy?
JoAnn Durgin – I do enjoy the summer because of the warmer weather, but spring is my favorite. The rebirth of the earth, the emergence of the daffodils (normally the first flower I see – and it’s yellow, my favorite color of flower, like the yellow rose), that touch of chill in the air and yet the promise of warmer weather.
I’m partial to spring, too. Like the rebirth and my birthday is in April so that helps!
Loving this chat with all you ladies! Let’s take a short break. See you all soon!
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