“…and there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues.” ~ Eddie Cochran, 1938-1960
Back in 1959, young Eddie Cochran wrote and recorded “Summertime Blues.” It has since been recorded by many other artists, including Roger Daltrey and The Who. It continues to entertain me whenever I chance to hear it. I included the link so that you might enjoy it, too, if you choose. Music, as I have said before, soothes my soul and brings me great joy.
I have mentioned in previous posts that I have bouts of depression. Some of the worst times come in the summer. I am at my core an outdoor “girl.” When we have days, sometimes even weeks on end, of ninety-five plus temperatures, it starts to wear on me. Walking in the mall isn’t my idea of satisfying exercise. Walking outside is out of the question–even dangerous. Stubborn soul that I am, I try hard to outwit my depression and negative thoughts. Tonight I’m looking back on my last twenty-four hours and remembering the things/people/events that brought a spot of happiness into my world. For example, red flowers in a summer bouquet as seen in the photo above. I bought these for myself at my local grocery.
Stella and her mom spent the night with me last night. This is her Bananagrams message on our Winnie the Pooh rug in her favorite room. You can see Pooh’s feet, lower right. We rocked and I sang the songs I used to sing to her mom when she was little. S sings with me on You Are My Sunshine. We read books, ate chocolate cake, watched a bit of Sponge Bob Square Pants (a very funny show for adults), and lots of other fun stuff. No time for depression with S around. She’s a joyful little girl.
This is Stella’s t-shirt for the day. She didn’t want to pose long enough for me to snap a picture but she finally relented so I would “just get it done” and leave her alone. I’m proud of her parents for teaching this message to their children and for promoting it in the community via t-shirts and attitudes. Title IX lives! and I’m glad for that. In fact I can gratefully add that all three of my daughters encourage and support this message. Thank you, Daughters, for your open minds and progressive thinking.
High on my list of hot-weather activities is visiting my nearest book shop, so I don’t need to tell you that I was delighted when Daughter #1 (numbers established by birth order) texted and asked if I wanted to meet her there. Of course I did. It’s a large store and it’s wonderfully cool. I often spend a couple of hours browsing, and I admit it, I buy far too often for one who has an electronic reader. It helps that there’s a Starbucks there. This time of year it’s the coffee frappuccino that calls my name. Yum!
I keep telling myself that I must start to spend more time at the nearest public library so I won’t buy books. It would be just as cool. Of course they don’t have a Starbucks and the library is farther away. One of these days. Maybe. I’m considering it. Really!
Do your best. Give. Eat good food and share. Celebrate tradition. Cherish family. Look back. Look ahead. LIVE NOW. Play games. Dream. Accept change. ~~ These are the messages on a lovely, handcrafted Lazy Susan which sits on my kitchen table. Today, I’m happy to say, I did most of these things. It was a good day.