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 – Does Hawaii count? I visited the island of Oahu with a friend several years ago, and it was amazing. I’ll never forget that blue, blue water and the gorgeous countryside.
My husband and I went to Hawaii for our honeymoon on a three island tour. We absolutely loved it. The beautiful scenery inspired me and my current WIP is set in Hawaii.
Stacy Juba – I'd love to visit Hawaii sometime, though I don't like the idea of the long flight.
I wasn’t too excited about the flight either, especially since I don’t like to fly. We went from Philadelphia to Cincinnati and then from there to Hawaii. A total of about 10 ½ hours flying to Hawaii, then counting the return trip and flights between islands and then one helicopter flight over Kauai. I joke with my husband that on that trip I did enough flying for a lifetime!
Heather, where do you like to go on vacation?
Heather Haven – Hawaii and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico come to mind. So gorgeous.
Mexico, another beautiful place to visit, especially along the resort coastline, but the Mayan ruins are also a neat excursion to take.
Anne K. Albert – I love lilacs in the spring, but don’t actually have a summertime favorite.
Another lilac lover. My favorite flower scent, although gardenias come in a close second.
Kay, any favorite flowers that bloom in the summer?
Kay Springsteen – All of them.
Know exactly how you feel. So many beautiful flowers, it’s hard to pick just one or two favorites.
Killarney Sheffield – No thank God because we are a really odd bunch.
Sounds interesting, like I must meet your family some time! How about any mishaps while on vacation?
Elaine Marie Cooper – Yes! My vacation on Cape Cod. When we rented bikes I was peddling and one of the pedals fell right off and I tumbled onto the ground. I wasn’t seriously hurt but I thought I was going to pass out!
Wow, that would’ve scared me. Glad you were alright! Julie, I can see you have something to add, what happened?
Julie Lence – No mishaps while on vacation, but once on a day trip to the Jersey shore the hubby ran for his life. He'd talked me into joining him on an amusement park ride alongside the water, swearing the ride did not go that high in the air. It did, and since I don't like heights, I threatened to throttle him when we got back down to the ground. He ran like heck down the boardwalk as soon as the ride stopped.
I’d be doing the same thing if that happened to me. Not so excited about heights.
Elaine Cantrell – When my children were young, we took them to a water slide. My younger son didn’t weigh much, and when he went down the slide he landed on top of a drain and couldn’t escape the suction. His feet waved in the air for a minute before we realized he was in trouble. I was ready to jump a fence and get him, but my husband came down the slide and pushed his feet up. Scary.
Sounds scary, I’m sure. Very glad everything was OK.
Wend Petzler – My first marriage was in August. Lovely wedding my mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother put together. Downside was the rare tornado that touched down on the upper Priest Lake in Idaho, tearing up trees and knocked out power at the hotel. Scary!
Geez, a tornado, I’m sure you never expected that on your wedding day. Gabrielle, what do you like most about the summer time?
Gabrielle Bisset – I love the weather! Summer is always so relaxed because the weather is so nice. I’m a girl who loves hot temperatures, so give me 90+ and I’m thrilled. There’s nothing like relaxing on my porch with a cold drink on a hot summer day.
I love the warm weather, but the humidity really gets to me. Very happy we have central air at home.
Cher, do you wear sunscreen? Do you like tanning or just enjoy being in the sun, but get easily burned?
Cher Green – I don’t usually wear sunscreen although I should. If I do burn, I’m tanned by the next day.
I’m jealous. There’s no doubt, when, I burn, I don’t usually tan until several days later. I’m very pale skinned.
JoAnn Durgin – I hate tanning and am naturally fair; even with a strenuous effort before a cruise, I only achieved a light golden brown. Some people simply aren’t meant to be tan. I never understood the value of “laying out” when I was younger, and watched my neighbor (a tall, leggy, beautiful blonde) start the annual ritual as soon as the temps hit 55 degrees or higher. Brrr… Fair rules! is what I say. I think having a tan face ages a person, and who knows what havoc a tanning bed might create 20 years down the road. Maybe it will have no effect, but I’m not willing to take the risk.
Yay, you’re my kindred spirit, JoAnn. Must be the same name! My sister was the tanner in our family and she inherited my dad’s genes. I got the genes for light skin from my Dutch mother.
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