That B!tch Summer. And a few good things too.

I realize for most people “summer” is still a few months away, but for us in Texas- Summer is like a really bad case of the herps. And I’m only going off what I’ve read on Web MD, but just when you think it’s gone away, it flares up with the heat of a thousand suns, making you so uncomfortable that you want to tear your skin off, jump in a bathtub full of ice, and hurt small children.

That being said, I’m really not looking forward to it, especially now that I no longer have a pool and my air conditioning in my car is about to go kaputz. That, and I can already see the thousands of Facebook and Twitter updates from my teacher friends who get to spend a few months doing nothing but reading and sitting by a pool. But for now, I’m trying not to think about summer and instead I’m attempting to focus on the fact that the last few weeks have been abso-fricking gorgeous around these parts. It’s been so glorious that I kind of want to take Mother Nature out behind the school yard and get her pregnant in order to create lots and lots of days just like this, incestual as that may be.

The last few days I’ve really been trying to get the most of this nice weather, because I know it’s fleeting and that in a week or two I won’t be able to move without breaking out into a sweat. As a result I am likely to spend the next few months smelling like a kid after recess, which if your wondering is the mixture of grass and Taco bell. Speaking of, I’ve never understood why parents wait so long to introduce their children to deodorant, but if I somehow end up with a child I swear on sharp cheddar cheese that I will make my kid start wearing deodorant at the age of 5.

Oh yeah, the weather. It makes me really wish I had a hammock. Or some trees in my backyard. Or green grass. Or at least grass that wasn’t covered in stickers and dog poo. This weather always makes me want to be in my grandparent’s front yard. If I were there right now I’d be sitting in one of their butterfly chairs under the giant oak tree, sipping iced tea garnished with home-grown mint leaves out of a bright turquoise glass. If you’ve never drank iced tea out of a turquoise glass, I suggest you go out and buy one stat, because it makes it taste a thousand times better.

I actually acquired a few of my own just a couple of weeks ago. I was having an emotional break-down and went over to my grandparent’s house (across the street from my parents) to let them cheer me up. My grandparents are the best people in the world for cheering people up. If you don’t have your own, I’ll let you borrow mine for an hour or two… but since their the best g-funk parents in the whole wide world I’m kind of afraid you won’t want to give them back. But I trust you… so, maybe.

Any-g-funk-era, a weeks ago I had a lot of drama in my life, and all of their usual tricks weren’t working. My grandmother rubbed my back; told me stories about her own hard times;  fed me graham crackers with marshmallows, a few prunes and a cut up orange; let me pick out a song to play on the Juke Box (Sweet Georgia Brown,) and finally in a moment of exasperation she started trying to give me things. As much as I have always loved her gifts, I really hate when she starts trying to give me stuff, especially when I think her motive is to make me feel better… I guess it makes me feel guilty. I went ahead and accepted a couple books, (one was an 1890’s Guide to Good Girl Ettiquete!!) and then she pulled out a set of turquoise glasses that, as many times as I said no, she insisted that I keep.

They aren’t really so much a set, but a bunch of different ones that she has collected from antique stores and such over the years. Each one is a little bit different, but they are all beautiful!

turquoise glasses

And let me tell you, I’m glad I finally accepted. I have been drinking out of them every day, and liquids have never tasted better. Even the liquids that aren’t tea.

So please, get yourself a turquoise glass or two and you won’t be sorry!


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  • herding cats

    Oh – those glasses are so quaint. Yes quaint! I said it. I'm practically an 80 year old myself 😉

  • BobbiJanay@Kid to a Grown Up

    That is so awesome this made me miss my Grannie and I am pretty sure I have the nut bowl that matches those in my kitchen cabinet that I took from my Grannie's house.

  • Amber

    Those are such pretty Glasses! Ummm I'm pretty sure that summer is here now. it was fricken 90 degrees! And of course Cali wanted to go out on the patio and lay there. Such a nut case. lol

  • NIkki

    Love that. The glasses are beautiful. I would like to be sad and visit your Grandma, I have a thing for glass you know.

    Hope things are getting better…don't sweat the small stuff this summer. Ha. I make myself laugh. Its sad really.

  • ScoMan

    Writing about your grandparents front yard reminded me of the farm my grandparents used to live on, and the fun we'd have there during the summer (smelling pretty bad because we hadn't been introduced to deodorant yet)

    Those glasses look pretty cool.. but they're no match for my cup that says “ScoMan” on it. That cup is awesome.

  • thebacksofmyeyelids

    I. HATE. SUMMER. TOO…..all of it….every blessed thing except the produce/

    I love your grandmother. Hug her and spend time with her. Mine has been gone for 14 years and I still talk to her.

  • Pollypoptart

    Oooh those glasses are gorgeous. And I'm jealous of hot weather – maybe not as hot as you get, but it would be nice to have some consistency here.

  • skinny_dip

    Grandparents are the best! Mine are always trying to give me stuff too but I also sometimes feel guilty. Turquoise is beautiful so I'm not surprised drinking out a turquoise glass tastes better 😉

  • Ennazus

    You are totally right about the turquoise glasses! But I thought it was always the fresh mint. In fact, I miss your grandparents iced tea soo bad that I've been planning a mint garden next to my house. (It's also a ploy to keep out scorpions as they don't like mint or lavendar) However, I need to get turquoise glasses! What was I thinking!
    And my yard is covered with goat head stickers and scorpions, otherwise I'd be out there slippin' and slidin' on a slip n' slide every day bc it has an awesome slope! Maybe I should turn the lawn into a mint farm….

  • Clevelandpoet

    those glasses are pretty sweet. I'm not that big a fan of summer especially since I worked outside for a long time. I'm just not a fan of hot. now I want one of those glasses and some tea and maybe so liquor. yeah.

  • badassgeek

    I know just what you mean. I got this glass from McDonald's last summer, and water tastes the best from that glass.

  • BeckEye

    My sister used to live in Dallas and I went to visit her one summer. In August. When the A/C in her car was BROKEN. And Dallas is basically one giant backed-up highway. I was miserable.

  • Steff Spina

    my gramm is the exact same way. just last week she gave me tiki torches and a butterfly net to take home! for no specific reason mind you, just because she had them and wanted to share. she also lives across the street from my parents. WEIRDNESS!!!

  • ambermurphy

    It's been all hot and humid here in Louisville this week. Two words: boob sweat.

  • Candice

    I had to stop reading halfway through this post as I wore my winter jacket to work this morning. THANKS A LOT, CARISSA.

  • Candice

    I had to stop reading halfway through this post as I wore my winter jacket to work this morning. THANKS A LOT, CARISSA.