And Then It Was Summer

by Stefani on 23-April-2009

Time Out For Flowers

(*** this illustration is a little peek into our May Book of Days ******)
You want to know the worst part of Texas spring? …how very quickly it becomes summer. 

It was 95 degrees yesterday. 

This fills me with dread. Yes, there will be swimming and lake days and sprinkler play and popsicles, but all that fun wears off after a couple of months, yet the heat will go on… and on… and on… 

I'm doing my best to brace myself and accept what is, really I am. And I will hold off on the complaining as long as humanly possible, but if you are new to Blue Yonder, know this – come September, when it is still over 100 degrees outside, I will be a puddle of whiney, pouty, mess! Anyone who has been around these parts in September knows that the entire month is a wilty, scorched pity party. 

Consider yourself warned. 

There's sure to be a few 80ish days left before the full strength of summer's iron grip is upon us though, and you can bet I'm gonna drop whatever I'm doing and head out to enjoy every blessed second!

I hope you're soaking in some springtime too!

A couple of notes: 

1) The May edition of the Book of Days will be in the shop early next week. That means you've only got a few days left to enter our monthly contest

2) Come back tomorrow for a sweet sponsor giveaway!
kari April 23, 2009 at 8:12 am

all I can say being a hill country girl myself is “Amen”

Kelly April 23, 2009 at 8:19 am

I won’t mind your complaining if you don’t mind mine come January! Your illustrations are gorgeous – love!

Holly April 23, 2009 at 8:25 am

I am completely with you. It has already been 103 here. And my mom, living in the 70s, had the audacity to say, “But you like it.” Yeah, the same way you like the 20s.” It has no business being in the 100s in April. But, it’s already cooling down. It was just that reminder of what’s to come and to enjoy the last few days of tolerable sunshine while we still can.

Sarah Jackson April 23, 2009 at 8:35 am

Right there with you, sister. But you know that. We’re supposed to go back to mid 80’s for a few days, and then the heat will be back in full force. The only benefit is that the kids have been using the pool.

Cassandra April 23, 2009 at 9:06 am

Well, we’ve had some mid 80 days here this week and I know for sure we’re going to be confused here in another week when we’re back in the 40s to 50s…so odd for our neck of the woods, but we’re not complaining! In fact, bedtime has gotten a little later because I have a hard time coming inside, let alone dragging the girls inside!

Ember and I did some cherry blossom painting last weekend. That was AFTER we tried to capture some butterflies out in our field, but boy are those suckers fast! Too fast for our leisurely pace in the heat! Tonight we’re going to try an indoor rain storm…

melissa April 23, 2009 at 9:08 am

and I thought it was bad in memphis! but we rarely have over 100 degree days.

Mama_Amethyst April 23, 2009 at 9:10 am

It was wonderful here in Missouri yesterday. It does seem that really nice days don’t happen to often here either. It’s cold and then it’s hot. My son could only be happy outside yesterday, so it was nice that the sun was out with a breeze. We walked with our bare feet on tickly grass. I love sharing nature with him.

Lucia April 23, 2009 at 9:29 am

Love, love this illustration. My kids have been spending a lot of sunny afternoons doing laundry on our patio. We have a washboard, buckets, soap, and a line for drying. They have been washing towels and doll clothes and seriously occupied for hours! Wish I could love laundry as much as they do right now! I’ll post some pics on flickr soon. Can’t wait to see May’s book!

Lucia April 23, 2009 at 9:31 am

Meant to add…I can relate to your feelings about summer having grown up in south Louisiana and now living in Florida! We are trying to enjoy spring as much as possible because summer is right around the corner here, too.

Stefani April 23, 2009 at 9:32 am

Well now THAT is a fantastic idea! I’m not sure anything would get real clean, as (at least in our house) it would surely dissolved into a soap/mud fight, but it would a lot of fun anyhow. I’m going to have to keep my eyes open for a washboard!

Stefani April 23, 2009 at 9:33 am

You go on and complain all you like in January! I’m certain I could not look into the face of a real winter either. Maybe I should just move to Maui where it 80 everyday and be done with it 🙂

Stefani April 23, 2009 at 9:35 am

103??? Already? What is the world coming to?
I think you need a frozen something or other to drink.
Come to think of it, by September I’m just going to hide under the table and drink Margaritas until the first cold front.

Stefani April 23, 2009 at 9:36 am

Yes, I think a pool might make it bearable. Of course that would mean I’d have to work my “Year of Pie” rear end into a swimsuit, and that doesn’t sound altogether pleasant either.
Stay cool, sister!

Stefani April 23, 2009 at 9:38 am

My boys have been pretty frustrated by their butterfly catching efforts lately too. We’ve got a few, but the big swallowtails and monarchs that they’re hoping to observe for a little while… those are too fast and usually too high for them. We will press on though…. Happy hunting to you!


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MystikMomma April 23, 2009 at 9:55 am

Yes, I know!! we live in South Florida, Miami and you are correct in saying that spring, quickly becomes summer and summer quickly becomes spring again… there is no fall or winter here. Just different phases of summer. All too quickly…

The days we wear socks, pants and long sleeves are yippie days for us!!!

chanda April 23, 2009 at 11:50 am

I hear ya…Hill Country summers ain’t nothin’ but HOT! Good thing cool water sources are abundant! Funny thing is I can handle all the heat that comes my way, but I’m a sissy in the cold. I hate winter…even ours in Texas. Give me a cold beer and lots of sunshine and I’m right at home! April 23, 2009 at 11:50 am

Wow – I remember that. We used to live in TX and now we’re in CT, which is great for Spring and Summer. TX is great for Fall and Winter!

I was 9 months pregnant at the end of August when we lived in TX and boy did I wish we had timed that pregnancy differently! =)


Hannah April 23, 2009 at 12:15 pm

I feel the same way, of course. Like every day it stays below 90 needs to be CHERISHED (we did the duck pond behind the Arboretum today — so nice!).

Growing up in New England, I loved September. Now it is my least favorite month, for reasons you mentioned above.

Ruth April 23, 2009 at 12:19 pm

I foolishly have spent the last three weeks in the northeast visiting the family which means I missed the incredibly short TX Spring. Here is to 6 months of summer 🙁

Joanne April 23, 2009 at 12:56 pm

And here I’ve been whining because we’ve hardly even started spring! We had snow/sleet/cold, cold rain mix yesterday and only a few brave early spring flowers starting to open up. Yet, tomorrow we’re supposed to be up in the 70s. Can’t imagine how unbearable the heat gets, though. Even though I get REALLY sick of trying to pack kids into snowsuits for four or five months, I think it’s probably easier to get and stay warm than try to cool down. Hang in there, and hope you still get some more lovely spring before true summer hits.

Marianna April 23, 2009 at 2:14 pm

Right there with you! The only bright side to summer in April is that the kids have been able to enjoy the pool we’ve been skimming leaves out of for the last five months!!

kristine April 23, 2009 at 2:33 pm

that illustration is adorable!

boy, i LOVE hot weather, but i don’t think i could handle lots of 100 degree days. especially up here in the center of hot and humid country. and definitely not w/o a/c (which we don’t have or want).

our spring has been cold and gloomy. so, i’m personally looking forward to the 80’s tomorrow! 😀

nicola April 23, 2009 at 3:00 pm

i am feeling so blessed to live where i do. the southern bloggers i visit are all melting and the north/eastern bloggers are all freezing! happy spring!

Melanie April 23, 2009 at 4:03 pm

Oh, Stefani…love that laundry picture…really I might have to frame that!

No weather complaints here in the Pacific NW, other than we’re supposed to get a little rain this weekend. In fact, we’re still waiting for most of the butterflies to arrive…we’ll keep looking!

Dawn April 23, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Oh.. I am just super excited about the possibility of reaching 64 on Saturday!!
But I have been to Texas in the summer a few times! Yikes! I feel for ya!
Your illustration is just adorable!

Denise April 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm

That little girl in the illustration looks like my daughter. How sweet and adorable.

Yes, in the south our Spring lasts one week and then immediately it is hotter than a cat on the stove. Makes iced tea taste better though.

Lorilee Kopp April 24, 2009 at 6:43 am

great illustration! we love the book of days so much stefani. butterflies are just popping out and we have nets ready! looking forward to what May will bring.

Gloria April 26, 2009 at 7:21 am

hi, I wanted to know if you can give me the site where you download audio books to play to your children when you go on trips. I can’t remember the post and when I search for it I get zilch. thanks

Stefani April 26, 2009 at 7:43 am

Hi Gloria!
We just download them from ITunes.
I’ve heard good things about too.
We also love the Classical Kids series. You can get them from Amazon. Our favorite is Mr. Beethoven Lives Upstairs.

For our upcoming trip, we’ve downloaded a couple episodes of Boomerang. My kids LOVE it. You can find it at

Hope that helps!

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