Summer’s Favourite

This challenge is by Blaga from Broken Sparkles.  The challenge can be found here, and I’ll do my best to follow the guidelines!

Summer

Tiny droplets of sweat on your back,
condensation building from the heat
and a sense of buzzing in the air –
the spirit of the season is building.
As the degrees increase and grow,
so does the chaos within our hearts;
passion and lust ripe for the picking.
That commotion within our souls is
determined to come out to play
within the humid months of Summer.

People find it odd that Summer is probably my least favourite season.  That’s not to say I don’t enjoy the summer, because I find something to enjoy in every season.  I’m not one who enjoys the heat or humidity, I’m built for the winter.  But to me, summer is more than just the obvious heat and humidity, summer to me is about passion, it’s about excitement, and everything that comes with those two things.  Excitement can be all about anticipation, it can be about nerves and feeling worried about something to come.  Excitement to me also comes with impatience.  Passion has many degrees, just like the season I attribute it with.  Passion can be stemmed from hope, from desires, from sexuality, from anger – all the strong emotions that fuel some sort of action.  And ultimately that is what Summer is to me: it is the season of action, of doing, determination – this is the season where all thoughts of reflection or thrown out the window, this is the season of commotion, chaos, spirit and those in motion.

Favourite Word of Summer
Chaos
– noun
1. A condition or place of great disorder or confusion.
2. A disorderly mass; a jumble: The desk was a chaos of papers and unopened letters.
3. often Chaos The disordered state of unformed matter and infinite space supposed in some cosmogonic views to have existed before the ordered universe.
4. Mathematics A dynamical system that has a sensitive dependence on its initial conditions.
5. Obsolete An abyss; a chasm.

Out of all the many descriptors I used above to describe Summer, chaos  is definitely my favourite word associated with this season.  My life seems to become so busy and chaotic this season, and I never seem to find the stability that I really crave.  There’s always a jumble of disorder, usually with my emotions or those around me.  That’s not to say I don’t enjoy the chaos either, the chaos of summer brings new adventures and stories to tell during the calmer, quieter seasons.

Favourite Quote of Summer
“What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.” – Jane Austen

Favourite Poem of Summer
Summer Shower by Emily Dickinson
A drop fell on the apple tree,
Another on the roof;
A half a dozen kissed the eaves,
And made the gables laugh.

A few went out to help the brook,
That went to help the sea.
Myself conjectured, Were they pearls,
What necklaces could be!

The dust replaced in hoisted roads,
The birds jocoser sung;
The sunshine threw his hat away,
The orchards spangles hung.

The breezes brought dejected lutes,
And bathed them in the glee;
The East put out a single flag,
And signed the fete away.

Favourite Song of Summer
Casket Case – Green Day

I’m not sure why this song makes me think of summer, maybe because during the months of summer I go a little crazy from the heat, an insane, exciting type of crazy where I want to get up, go out, and do something.  Usually something stupid.
 
Favourite Movie of Summer
Speed
Summer to me is about big-action blockbusters when it comes to movies – lots of “popcorn” movies so-to-say.  Speed is probably one of my favourite action films, it’s mind-numbing, it’s fun to watch, and it’s full of stupid action.  And isn’t that what summer is about?  Whether you’re drinking til you puke with your friends, having a really stupid fling with someone you probably shouldn’t be having it with, or just out all the time until you’re exhausted.  Life in the summer is one big, dumb, action movie, and you gotta love it.

Favourite Book of Summer
Lamb – By Christopher Moore
This is a very entertaining book, and again, summer to me is about excitement, being entertained by something pleasurable (take that as you will).  Lamb is an exceptionally  hilarious book, it’s not a tough read either, so it fits in well after you’ve had a long summer week and need a lazy summer day to relax.  This book also deals with topics such as passion, excitement, and ultimately self-control too, which I think a lot of people probably need in the summer months. 

Favourite Town of Summer
Again, I haven’t travelled much.  For a place I have been to, I’d say Victoria, British Columbia.  When I went there I was young, I was excited to be there, it was bustling and just absolutely gorgeous.  I can’t wait to visit B.C. again, I hope that it’s sooner rather than later.  As for a place I’ve never been to, I’d say Greece in general.  I always think of heat and think of Greece, and it’s gorgeous.

Favourite Animal of Summer
Sparrow – In the summer months these little adorable guys are everywhere here in Burlington.  We have a bird bath set up in our yard, and they are amongst our visitors.  Plus, in the summer my friends and I will enjoy our coffee sometimes on the porch of Second Cup.  The sparrows in the area are so used to humans, they’ll sit on the opposite chair from you and chirp at you for some food.  It’s really just super adorable.

Favourite Food of Summer
Iced Tea.  Or I suppose it would be “Sweet Tea” so some of you.  Here in Canada we just call it Iced Tea though.  I don’t really like the store bought stuff, and have a really easy homemade one I make a lot during the summer.  It may not be what some purists call “real” iced tea, but I enjoy it on a hot summers day in the yard while I read and watch the sparrows.

  • 2 quarts of water
  • 2 bags of tea
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 60ml/4 tbsp of lemon juice

Put water in a large pot, and bring it to a boil.  When it has reached a boil, turn the heat off and drop in the tea bag; cover the pot with a lid and let it steep for 1 hour.  After the hour has passed, stir in the sugar and lemon juice until the sugar has dissolved.  You can either let it cool some more, or just transfer it now to a juice jug and add a few ice cubes.  Chill in the fridge and enjoy!

Favourite Image of Summer
Just to continue what I started in my last post, here is another of my favourite photos of Summer, by Saber!

“Blue 3” by Saber Hodson

This image always makes me think of surfing for some reason.

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13 thoughts on “Summer’s Favourite

  1. Pingback: Seasons winners « Broken Sparkles

  2. Sorry for my lack of commenting!!! I might not get completely caught up today but its a start! These are great posts ideas! I am not a huge summer fan, I think it is similar to your feelings, things just seem out of place and chaotic. I always feel disjointed I suppose, I think its because I really love being in school (like University, not high school haha) so the summer always takes me away from that and I am a little lost. Great post, loved your answers too, we should def’s watch speed sometime soon, and eat loads of popcorn, haha!!

  3. You have some interesting choices here. I never thought about chaos being connected with summer, but it surely is! I really liked your picks for the quote and poem. 🙂 I just finished reading “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”, which, if you liked the original, you might find entertaining with an unusual twist on it. Of course who could forget Iced Tea?! It’s definitely a summer staple here in the south, and I soooo agree with you about the heat + humidity – ugh – I’m built for cool weather too. Thanks so much for sharing with us and giving me some new ways to see the season!

    • I’ve watned tor ead Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but I’m so far behind on all the other books I have at home, that I probably wont get to it for some time. If you’re built for cool weather, you should come up to Canada in the later months, anytime after September, you’ll probably enjoy it!

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  4. An altogether wonderful post on summer. I like the way you pulled in Jane Austin and Emily Dickenson.

    You just want to go to Greece to visit dear Blaga! I don’t blame you.

    Hey, I like chaos too. Don’t generally think of it in regard to summer specifically, but I think out of chaos comes creativity. Don’t know how you feel about that.

    I love sparrows too; and, I actually had a couple when I had my love birds. They are sweet tings indeed.

    Happy Summer! Have fun in the midst of your choas.

    • Of course I want to visit Blaga! 🙂

      I agree, chaos and creativity work well together. When my life is boring and there’s nothing going on, I don’t feel like doing much of anything, including writing.

      Happy summer to you as well!

  5. I have heard great things about Victoria in the summer – there is supposed to be an awesome beach there! Not that I would spend much time there haha.

    Action movies are so great for the summer – they make you feel so alive like the summer – full of activity! I may have to go watch speed soon!

    I will definetly try that recipe – love Ice Tea!! so yummy!

    Put in the context of summer my photo reminds me of waves on a beach now. I never thought of it that way before. You just blew my mind.

    • Definitely check it out if you can, lather up in the sunscreen, and you’ll probably get some great photos :).

      I should totally watch Speed tonight, such a great movie! And as for the recipe, you’ll probably really enjoy it, it’s rather tastey.

      Haha, i’m glad I could blow your mind!

    • Yeah, there were so many words to pick, and I felt that it was the best one to describe summer. Chaos is both welcome and unwelcome, at the very least it causes interest! haha.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Well, another perfection here! We seem to have some similar thoughts about what summer is, just a little difference I find passion and heat rather appealing and not at all chaotic again 🙂

    The quotes is hilarious, thanks for sharing! For a person who is not a summer lover, Greece in the summer would be rather brutal, but yes it’s beautiful, when there aren’t fighting people around trying to set the town on fire 🙂 I love heat, I feel perfect with the heat, but today it’s extremely hot even for me, so imagine what it’s like.

    I like that Speed movie too, I even have it on DVD and see it often. Saber’s image – no need to say- adorable! The blue colors definitely make me think of summer!

    Cherlyn, thanks for this post! Regards from extremely hot Athens today!

    • Yeah, I think if i visit Greece, I’ll stick to when it’s a bit milder, just so I don’t melt! I’ve never dealt with chaos and passion very well, mostly because I’m never centre stage of it all, always a spectator, so I guess I have little experience.

      Speed is a great film, glad you enjoy it too!

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