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Jul 10, 2012

Sprinklers, Swimming, AC & Ice-cream

MaryAnn Gaver

"Hotter than blazins!" said one of the young employees as he collected grocery carts outside the parking lot at our local market in town.  I just got back from a trip to the grocery store where I walkeparticularly slowly though the frozen food aisle!  I have a new respect for all of you who live out west or in the deep south.  

Many residents who live close to D.C. have just recently regained their power after several storms ripped through the area with extreme fierceness a week ago.  My parents, (who are approaching their mid-eighties) along with thousands of people in MD & VA, haven't had power for a week, so all of the siblings are taking turns hosting them in air-conditioned houses. 

Now ~ for the time being ~ forget my blog from last week which encouraged all of us to get out there and walk.  With temperatures topping 100 degrees, now it's all about cooling off in the pool or  AC!   

In the Washington, D.C. area, we're not used to temperatures in the high 90's - let alone 100's.  Yes, we're accustomed to humidity and  sweltering August days -- but not like this!  One summer day (some years ago) a neighbor of mine asked us to go blueberry picking late one afternoon.  Sounded "summery" to me, so the twins & I went for it.  Well,  it was in the solid 90's, &  I remember (being at the farm) thinking, "Hey, she's from Arkansas. She's used to this heat! This blueberry pie better turn out great..."  

This week, I encourage  moms to find something fun that you like and go for it.  Whether it's swimming, going to Starbucks, reading,  or enjoying the AC -- really, it's okay.  Sometimes we need to allow ourselves a little break -- heat wave or not. 

Back at the grocery store (where I just happened to be passing through the ice-cream aisle),  I remembered working as a waitress during college summers & serving COLD orange freezes.  Here's the basic idea:

For each "freeze":  (I just made one, & this seems to be about right!)

1/2 cup orange sherbert

1/2 cup vanilla ice-cream

1/4 cup orange juice

1/4 cup milk

Maybe use a little less liquid for thickness. Stir & enjoy.  Your family's going to love it, too!

Let's enjoy the day, the blessings God has given us, and our precious families!

Keep being a great mom!

~MaryAnn

 

 

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