Since we’re more than halfway through the summer of 2015, I feel like somewhat of an expert on the season. And although no one has asked me for this, I’m going to share my expert insights with you now.

You are very welcome.

Firstly. Global Warming, Global Schmarming. I do not believe in such a thing. I know our cousins on the west coast are “sweating to death” and have seen “temperatures like the sun” and they are “probably going to sizzle into a dust and then blow away in a Nino event.” Or so they report on the Facebook.

My flower say hello.
My flowers say hello.

But not here in southwest Michigan. A couple of weeks ago the news reported that we hadn’t had a 90 degree day in over 668 days, and we still haven’t had one. We were close last week when we hit 89, but 89 doesn’t count. Lake Michigan is still approximately the temperature of a glacier. We were there last week and our feet were numb from trying to walk near the shore. Numb, I tell you! However, the nights have been cool and beautiful and we’re saving a ton on our air-conditioning bill.

Secondly. I haven’t seen a tick in at least a month. I can’t explain why, but I’m certainly glad to be feeling less twitchy.

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Thirdly. We didn’t put up a pool this year, but someone gave us a hot tub and we’re trying to convince the children this is just as much fun. If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time you will remember that each previous summer I moaned and whined about our cheap pool because it caused me no end of trouble. Green water, leaks, off-balance chemicals– it was all just a nasty mess. I put my foot down and refused to do it again this year, and then along came the hot tub. Our daughter says it’s not as much fun, but the rest of us think it’s divine (and much less trouble!). We think she’ll change her tune in December when her friends can come over and join her in the spa-like waters in our own backyard.

Exhibit A
I took this picture a year ago. I do not miss this beast. I slashed the liner with a screwdriver when we took it down last September. True story.

Fourthly. The children are home for the summer. Because they are now 12 and almost 10, I am not at my wits end. (It helps that I work four days a week, too.) The kids are able to 1) make their own breakfasts 2) entertain themselves 3) go for bike rides around the neighborhood and 4) stay away when I’m making angry eyes and yelling about blog stats. Have you ever had a 12-year-old and almost 10-year-old? This has to be the best age group ever. I love it.

Their father and I relaxed on a bench while they managed their own merry-go-round.
Their father and I relaxed on a bench while they managed their own merry-go-round.

Fifthly. I’m still working on the companion devotional for If I Plug My Ears, God Can’t Tell Me What to Do. It’s coming along nicely and I’m quite pleased, and I hope to have it available here (free!) in the next week or two. I think I might do more devotionals and post them as free e-books, actually. Then I’ll use the blog here to be as dumb/ridiculous/sarcastic as I want, but actually write helpful/edifying/biblical things in the ebooks.

So how about you? How’s your summer going so far? Are you getting all the things done that you had planned?

9 Comments on Summer 2015: The Grit, the Glory, the Gratitude

  1. David
    July 20, 2015 at 4:56 pm (2 years ago)

    I’ve noticed blog hits declining in the last few weeks. Must be a seasonal thing. Anyway, you should just have registered a hit from Russia where I arrived earlier today. Played the tourist this evening but it is work tomorrow.

    Fortunately we do not have a tick problem in our neck of the woods. The sea around the UK doesn’t quite reach Florida temperatures but we do swim in it. Sometimes. And we don’t have air-conditioning so that saves a fortune. Then we spend that fortune staying warm in winter.

    Was the slashing of the liner an accident?

  2. Jessie Clemence
    July 20, 2015 at 4:59 pm (2 years ago)

    The slashing was not an accident. It was the result of a very fed-up mother attacking the pool while her husband looked on and laughed.

    I’ve seen a decline in stats in general, but twice now I’ve had huge and unexplainable spikes– like 100 views in a hour (but only to my landing page. If they’re real people, which I doubt, they aren’t reading any posts). This has only happened since I switched to the new theme. Have you been seeing any weird stats, David?

    Enjoy Russia! I loved your selfie in Red Square.

  3. David
    July 20, 2015 at 5:01 pm (2 years ago)

    Beth is not impressed with the selfie!

    Not weird stats, just that hits are down. Occasional weird country (Russia for instance!).

  4. Sheila Buehler
    July 20, 2015 at 8:34 pm (2 years ago)

    Of course, you were being facetious, but just in case some of your readers are not environmentalists, biologists, or any kind of scientist who is in tune with actual scientific data on the subject, there are simple images that tell the facts very vividly. Type in “global warming graph last 100 years” and click on images.

  5. wineandhistory
    July 20, 2015 at 11:58 pm (2 years ago)

    Well I’m one of those ones sweating it out in the PNW. Seattle just broke (or tied) a record- the most consecutive days over 90 degrees. I’m about 90 miles north of there, and a couple of degrees cooler, but not much. Happy summer!

  6. Jessie Clemence
    July 21, 2015 at 7:37 am (2 years ago)

    Poor Seattle! I bet a lot of people are ready for fall.

  7. Jessie Clemence
    July 21, 2015 at 7:44 am (2 years ago)

    I just happened to click over to the Weather Channel’s home page, and one of the top stories there is that 2014 was one of the hottest years on record and 2015 is (so far) even hotter. Except Michigan is looking more like it was average to a little cold. đŸ™‚

  8. memyselfandkids.com
    July 21, 2015 at 11:08 pm (2 years ago)

    Kids are basically enjoying camp so that means summer is fine. It doesn’t have the same meaning as it once did for me.
    Your kids are home all day – every day? Aren’t they going stir crazy?

  9. Jessie Clemence
    July 22, 2015 at 9:51 pm (2 years ago)

    Yes, sir. They most certainly are. CRAZY.