|Grandma, me, Grandpa | August, 1976|
|me and Granddaddy | August, 1977|
|Grandmother and me | August, 1977 (that dress I'm wearing, I think I sewed it the previous summer)|
2. summer vacation. I'm sure there must've been parts that weren't fun, but all I remember is a seemingly endless stream of warm sunny days. riding my bike to the pool. or to a friends house. popsicles. cookouts. you get the idea.
3. looking forward to new albums (the kind you played on a turntable) from the likes of Billy Joel, The Rolling Stones, Chicago.
4. The Carol Burnett Show.
5. playing. My family took three-week long camping trips the summers we lived in Wyoming (1971 - 1976) and my brother and sister and I usually had only ourselves for playmates. We made up wild games, full of imagination and fun (and likely a bit of competition!)
6. Little House on the Prairie. the books. the TV series. I loved all of it. (I'm sure the Wyoming connection had something to do with this!)
7. Nancy Drew. I "discovered" her in the school library when I was in the 4th grade. The Clue of the Dancing Puppet. I proceeded to devour the entire series (and I remember my mom would re-read them...took her about 45 minutes to finish one. me, it took a few days!)
8. ice cream. I remember having several scoops for dessert most nights. we always had a few flavors in the freezer. mint chocolate chip stands out as a special favorite.
9. my mom's vegetable garden. She grew tomatoes, zucchini, peppers and I'm sure a lot of other things. We enjoyed fresh vegetables during the summer and home-canned sauce during the winter. sadly, I have no talents in this area....
10. sledding. those Wyoming years again. sledding was a big thing. and after that, we moved to New Jersey and there was a park across the street from our house with big hills. even through college I loved bundling up and flying down the hill. (I wonder if I'd like it so much now?)
So - there you have it, a little trip down memory lane. remembering the good times.