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Summer: Where did you go?

Most seasons don’t change all that much as we grow older. Fall remains the same pretty much—with exception of back to school. If you have children, it’s a busier time. With no children in school, one fall is pretty much the same as any other, and with exception of weather, a day in fall is not much different than a day in winter or spring.

Winter also remains pretty much the same year to year or day to day. Days are shorter and gloomier. But it’s pretty much a matter of whether it’s colder or wetter than previous years. Well, there is Christmas in there but for this piece, I’m discounting holidays as people celebrate differently or don’t celebrate at all. And I feel spring falls into this same category. Unless you have children in school, there’s not much difference in our day-to-day lives. For many, spring does mean time to plant so if you are a gardener, it’s a great time.

sydney canstockphoto1698750 (2)But I find that summer is one of those seasons that changes in how we view it as we age. What it means to me now is not what it meant to me as a child. As a child, summer meant freedom. No school, no homework. It was a time to run free and play outdoors (none of those cool electronics in my childhood. A transistor radio was the coolest electronic toy I had or one of those dogs that walks and barks…) It was also a time of family vacations. Summer was the best time of the year (with Christmas maybe overshadowing it but Christmas was one day and summer, well, summer was SUMMER!)

When I graduated school, summers became a time to look forward to taking some vacation. Going on cool trips and maybe doing some camping. After I married and had children, summer was a mixed blessing. Kids were home and I worked part time so had to deal with childcare. But we also took a lot of vacations and enjoyed our family time and lots of summer activities.

But something happened when the kids grew up and left home. Summer became just another season. We take fewer trips. I am a full time caretaker for my mother and my husband’s workload is heavier than ever at work. Oh, we have our garden and I end up harvesting at least 50 lbs. of tomatoes a week but overall, summer has lost that magical quality. Summer means hot days in the triple digits. In short, it’s just another season. I miss the summers of my childhood and the summers of my children’s childhood.

I anticipate that magical feel of summer returning with the birth of my first grandchild. How fun it will be to share that magical time with her and any other grandchildren I might be blessed with. Summer won’t mean too much until she gets here, and grows up a tad.

But then, I hope to share many magical summer days with her, taking trips, having sleepovers, engaging in many summer activities and even celebrating the end of the season with a little back to school shopping. Just me and my grandchildren, enjoying the change of seasons.

What does summer mean to you? Is the season just another passing season or is it something you look forward to all year long? If yes, why? I’d love to hear what summer means to you and what makes it special.

Wishing you lots of sunshine
Sydney St. Claire

perf5.000x8.000.inddJaimie Newberry is jobless, her rent is due, and her cat just died. On top of that, she was accused of embezzling before she was fired. When her friend invites her for a weekend of kinky fairytale role playing, she agrees to go as Cinderella. What has she got to lose when sex with a handsome prince is involved?

CEO Bryce Langston needs to know if Jamie is innocent of embezzlement or just very clever. He arranges for her to be his weekend sub but soon realizes the pretty scullery maid is naïve to the BDSM lifestyle. As her prince and her Dom, he intends to not only learn the truth but to make sure she has a fantasy come true.

About the Author:“Sydney St. Claire is the pseudonym of Susan Edwards, author of 14 Historical Native American/Western/Paranormal romances and the author of the popular “White” Series.

Sydney loves writing and sharing stories of love, happiness and dreams come true with her readers. She credits her mother for her writing success. Encouraged to read as a child, she always preferred happy endings which meant romances were her favorite genre. Sydney takes her readers into the world of erotica romance where her characters come together in explosive passion as they solve life’s problems and find true love along with the best sex our hero and heroine have ever experienced.

Sydney’s office is quite crowded with three dogs at her feet and five cats to keep her company while she writes. Three cats always insist on beds on her desk, barely leaving enough room for her monitor and keyboard. Life gets fun when all five insist on supervising…

When not writing, she enjoys crafts of all sorts including quilting, sewing, cross-stitch and knitting. She and her husband of 30 + years are avid gardeners. He takes care of the veggies, and Susan is in charge of the ‘pretties’. Her medicine wheel garden is in a contact state of war: flowers vs. weeds. Sadly, right now the weeds are wining…

While writing, she listens to a wide variety of music. Her current favorites are Blackmore’s Night and David Lanz.

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  1. Welcome. I hope everyone who reads this had a great summer and that you also have wonderful summer memories.

  2. Rita Wray says:

    I love summer. I can wear shorts and tank tops. I can work in the yard without freezing my butt off. I don’t have arthritis pain. Yes I love the warm weather and will miss it.

  3. When my daughter was growing up, summer used to be vacation time, time to get away and enjoy ourselves. I’m not a hot weather person but I did so look forward to traveling. Nowadays I sit at my computer and look at the bright sunshine outside so it’s really sort of lost the excitement for me ;-(

  4. SHELLEY S says:


  5. I can identify how Summer seemed more fun when I was a kid with less responsibility and more time, rather than a working adult. Wow, 50 lbs of tomatoes a week seems a lot to me. I love the photo of the stone bridge with the cool and refreshing waterfall.

  6. sounds like a lot of pets

  7. Val Pearson says:

    We look forward to summer because the kids fly in from Oklahoma and we have about two solid months with them. It’s all about cramming in as much fun as we can in that two months. Sometimes, it’s breathtaking. Other times it’s exhausting, but it’s always super fun.

  8. I too have changed some of my outlook on summer. It doesn’t mean vacation and playtime anymore, but it does mean more freedom as the days are longer and I have more fun going out and about than I do in other seasons when it’s blistering cold or snowing.

  9. Love summer, I can get out and garden and enjoy fresh air. Wear shorts and tshirts instead of being bundled up.
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