It’s Labor Day weekend, and summer is officially over. Which made me reflect on my summer…which was entirely too short. But here is my Summer Top 10 List, in no particular order:
1. Presbyterian Youth Triennium – The tri-annual summer youth conference for Presbyterians and Cumberland Presbyterians at Purdue University. The worship services alone, where 5,000 high schoolers and young adults sing, dance and pray were incredibly inspiring and moving.
Which transitions to No. 2…
3. Rainy summer afternoons. Of all weather, I’m most inspired with rain. We’ve certainly had our fill here in Paducah this summer. I’m OK with this.
4. My new Black and Decker palm sander. I want to sand everything I own, and things I don’t yet own, and it makes me feel like such a BOSS.
5. Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix. This one was a guilty pleasure for me. I really enjoy the Marvel Universe, especially Captain America, and I got in on Daredevil this summer. It was actually quite violent for me (I closed my eyes a few times!) but the storyline was very compelling and it was very well-written. And that cliffhanger after Season 2…
6. Silver Leaf by Valspar. It’s a lovely light gray color that I painted my bedroom and part of my kitchen. It instantly makes me happy when I walk in to my bedroom…sometimes it’s gray, sometimes it’s gray-blue, sometimes it’s gray-violet.
7. Bargains. Summer is a great time for yard-saling and scoping out free stuff on the curb. I bought a sturdy wooden chair at a yard sale around the block for $3 with plans to repaint it. And I found a dresser for free on the curb. It came with a child’s size pair of Superman socks and a small black bra tucked into the dust under the drawers. But I got it home with my trunk flapping. Barely!
8. My side porch. Even though I haven’t gotten to spend much time on it this summer between my travels and the heat, I love sitting and hearing the cicadas and eating a Popsicle or talking with a friend or paging through my Bible. It’s my happy place.
9. Sunday night bike rides. My friend Erin and I have resumed our Sunday twilight rides around Paducah. We switch on our headlights and taillights, as well as the Wheel Brightz we have woven through our spokes. The dusky rides are good therapy for both of us.
10. Tropical Smoothie Cafe. It’s new to Paducah this summer, and $5 gets me a giant cup of happiness.