Best of July!

There is a blogger. Quite a famous blogger. I like her quite a bit.

Last week she put up a post with some ideas for fall outfits.

I could have cried. The outfit was beautiful. But I, at this particular time, do NOT want to be reminded fall is coming. Too soon.

Toooo soon.

I always have a really bad reaction whenever I see the first back to school commercials. It can manifest in a variety of ways from chronic acid reflux to punching the first person I see. In the throat.

So it is with great sadness I bring to you today, The Best of July. Which mean’s we’re into August, which is followed by September (the MOST depressing month of the year for me) and then October, November, December, January, February, March, April, May. Hey. Hold on a second. May is JUST around the corner. Everybody calm down. Summer’s almost here.

At the end of June I promised you posts on how to build a jail, curdling milk and red assed baboons. I delivered on 2 out of 3. And as the song says, 2 outta 3 ain’t bad.

I’m still working on the red assed baboons. It’s surprisingly difficult to get them to commit to any engagement.

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Edible FlowersHow to Whitewash FurnitureHow and When to dig garlicBuilding Coop GatesYogourt from Scratch

Coming up in August, fashionable hair options for your vegetables, how to make a bomb and providing their social calendar isn’t too full … red assed baboons.


  1. kelliblue says:

    Funny how a change in locale can influence your viewpoint.

    Come about oh…June…I am so ready for Fall I could scream. Weeks and weeks of oppressive, over 100F heat, sky-high electric bills, and dripping sweat are enough to make anyone go a bit postal. Most folks hibernate during the long winters but down here, folks do the same thing but during the summer months. Autumn is still my favorite season, mostly because we don’t have a real Autumn here at all.

    So September: BRING IT!

  2. Barbie says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more on the loss of SUMMER! We simply don’t get enough of that here in Washington for this California girl. May and June are no consolation either….sometimes we don’t get “warm” until END of June and mostly into July b-4 it’s swimming weather…at least in my book. I don’t want to swim unless it’s hot and refreshing.

  3. Debbie says:

    One more thing. If I go to Costco and see Christmas trees, someone will have to pay the price…………… lol

    • Karen says:

      Halloween decorations are already at the Dollar Store. I ran screaming from the store ripping my clothes off in protest. The ripping my clothes off was just ’cause I was a bit warm. ~ karen

  4. Debbie says:

    As a Child the first day of August, summer was over. All the ads and everyone running around getting ready for school, still makes me a wee bit sick to my stomach. Then after 3 months of Mom Mom Mom, September could not get here fast enough. Funny, I still have both of these feelings still today. Maybe buying my self underware and boots will make me feel better.

  5. Marion says:

    Lets not get back around to summer too soon. I for one am looking forward to this Fall, mainly because I’m getting married in October!!!

  6. Natalie says:

    For some reason (until the last line of this post) I kept reading it as “Red assed BALLOONS”. Baboons make more sense, as balloons don’t usually have asses, let alone red ones, unless of course it’s a red balloon. Your posts are wonderful, and this post just highlights all of your wonderfulness in one place. Don’t fear the fall, just focus on the summer! :)

  7. Shauna says:

    Karen, I think deep down you’re a Southern Californian. We don’t have seasons – just different months with a tad of varying degrees. When it gets below 50 we cry about how wintery & cold it is. The upside is we can grow just about anything anytime. I read things that tell me to plant after ‘the first frost’ and it means nothing to me so I just plant whenever I want. I’m sure I’m still doing it wrong, but it’s hard for a plant not to grow here with the right soil.

  8. Lori Hall says:

    Just curious…..who is the blogger?? Would love to see the outfit that you liked. Agree with you on September…..but LOVE October!

  9. Rondina says:

    My favorite best of July was the coop gate. As far as Back to School sales, I’m right in there with you even though the kids are all grown. I loved having that time with them in the summer. However, what a difference in the seasons between our locations. Your May dream is my November dream. Usually Fall gets here on Halloween. (Sometimes before the Trick or Treaters, sometimes after.) I cannot wait to be able to go outside during the day again without having to shower afterwards. Cold front this weekend will get us down to 94 degrees.

  10. Lourdes says:

    I live in Florida where today it feels like we’re breathing through a wet wool blanket. September cannot come soon enough!!

  11. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    I love Autumn..The only part I don’t like is the fact that Winter is right behind it..I am going to Kate’s blog now to have a look at your bedroom..The last time I saw it the Fella was in there crying..Something about band-aids and torture..

  12. carolyn s says:

    Will you settle for some blue butted monkeys? I have some on my blog here

    lol. you put a smile on my face this morning.

  13. Paulina J! says:

    Ha ha! My favorite in this post:

    “Hold on a second. May is JUST around the corner. Everybody calm down. Summer’s almost here.”

    I’m ready for Summer!!! :)

  14. Dawna Jones says:

    Just a special request can you get us red assed Christian Loubiton baboons?

  15. gogothrift says:

    I have a love/hate relationship with september….
    my 13 year old is back in school BUT the lazy, fun days of summer are over. There’s no longer an excuse for not doing all the things I hate to do around the house. In my mind’s eye I have a picture of a nun with a ruler saying “get back to work, you lazy sloth”.

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