Saturday, August 24, 2013

As the end of summer nears...

sunset: sun setting over hills

Summer 2013 is slowly coming to a close. Sometimes I think I’ve blinked and missed it, as it has flown by amazingly fast. Summers often do that don’t they?
Summer is a time of memories made, adventures shared, and love discovered.

So as the days begin to grow a bit shorter and as the temperatures slowly start to creep down a degree or two per week, let us reflect back on summer for a bit.

What’s been the most memorable part of summer 2013 for YOU personally? What’s your greatest memory of this summer?

119 comments:

  1. My best summer memory THIS year was a visit to Disney World with daughter and grandchildren. Disney World is a great place for children of all ages to experience the magic, and I did!! Smiles.

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  2. Special times spent with family and friends are always a highlight of ANY season for me. This summer will long be remembered for the EXCESSIVE rainfall we have had here, too!

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  3. Spending two weeks with my grandkids and DIL in and out of my house daily helping me repaint and rehab my bathrooms. Not only did they do me a great favor but it deja vu reminding me of the days when my house was filled with my own kids and we were so busy. Not your traditional vacation but I wouldn't have traded it for anything.

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  4. ah most of my days were spent with my boys and the autistic boy i kept...lots of pool time and skate park time...we had no real going away vacation other than a quick trip to baltimore....we did see friends though that we have not for 8 years...so that one is def a special memory...

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  5. Well, my many walks in nature is definitely at the top of my list...but another thing, too. This summer was beautiful and not too much humidity, which I really love. :)

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  6. I think the most memorable thing for me was my oldest daughter's graduation...talk about making it seem time flew right by me!

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  7. Once you get out of school Summers are no different than any other season, apart from the weather.

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  8. I had immediate panic when I read your post - Whaaaat?! Summer's over already? Can't be, there's too much I didn't do...

    My greatest memories of this summer are of spending time with my family. I'm very lucky to have so many to love.

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  9. The most memorable part of summer for me was seeing God work in my life. I have seen so much, felt so much, and done so much with school, my family, church, and choir....So much has changed for me, as this is really a transition phase in my life. Looking back on it, I see God's hands all over it. This summer has been a blessing. ♥

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  10. The older one gets, the faster they fly by.
    A few days vacation with my wife at the beach was the best part of the summer for me.

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  11. I am lamenting the loss of summer, the weather here has been fantastic. The highlight might have been my brother and his family visiting from Arizona, I hadn't seen them in about 11 years and in fact met his 10 year old adopted daughter for the first time. His 13 year old son is very handsome. Families really have to make the effort to see each other, it's so worthwhile.

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  12. Mine was spending a week in Las Vegas with hubby and the kids :)

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  13. spending 6 days with my sis here, just the two of us.

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  14. Spring and summer is my favorite time of year because we are boaters. So this summer has been filled with lots of wonderful adventures on the water. Boating goes full speed ahead through October here in central California, so we have some time left to enjoy the weather and the boating.

    Have a terrific day. :)

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  15. Our highlight has been the garden. Starting to create it, watching it grow and develop, enjoying the flowers both inside and out, eating the food from it, sitting on the patio to eat with the garden as a backdrop. All of it made possible by the consistently lovely weather. It's been the best in a long while.

    But you haven't told us your highlight...? :)

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  16. Err ummmm same old same old here, but yeah they do fly by I fear

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  17. Did you take this gorgeous picture? Well, this summer will be hard to forget. The most memorable thing is my fall face down onto cement. My greatest memories are three: taking Ella fishing for the first time, finally getting a smartphone, and being in charge of teaching Wednesdays at church this summer. Now I want to know yours! The beach?

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  18. My daughter's high school graduation and/or our summiting of Mount Sniktau.

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  19. This summer for me has just been a blessed one all the way around.

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  20. I blinked and almost missed it too. I remember a VERY WET SUMMER. I have achieved one big goal and sold a full studio worth of ceramic bisque without even trying. Now if I could sell all my many plaster of paris ceramic molds in one shipment, it would be extra gratifying. I never even put them on the market since I'm so busy at the farm.

    JB

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  21. It's a smile, it's a kiss, it's a sip of wine ... it was a summertime!

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  22. The highlight of my summer was my trip to the U.K. with my family -- my first trip to Wales, and my daughters' first trip to Europe in general.

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  23. In our part of world, summer last longer among the seasons! Summer holds the sweetest and happiest memories in my life since it’s the vacation time of schools and colleges here, creating chances to spent with our dear ones.

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  24. Every summer we leave our winter home in Florida to live where our kids and relatives live. School's out so for summer festivities, lots of highlights: birthday parties, ballgames, family gatherings. Can't pin one down exactly except for the latest little moment when our 3-year-old grandson sang a solo Happy Birthday to his uncle Dave. Sweet, darling, and perfectly on pitch...I'll call that my highest highlight :)

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  25. You're right - - this summer seemed to go by incredibly quickly. It was a completely uneventful summer for me, except that here in arid west Texas we got an unusual amount of rare rain.

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  26. Being warm for a change - that is what I shall remember this summer for - we have waited seven years for a decent summer and I have been glad to make the most of it.

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  27. I always want autumn to come right after spring, so glad summer almost over!

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  28. Summer always seems to zip right by! :( By the time late September/mid October rolls around, I like the fresh air and cool temps. Most memorable thing this summer - we didn't have to irrigate the heifer lots at all! It stayed green from the 2.5 inches of rain we got! WHOOP WHOOP! And irrigating is done with hand lines! ugh! :)

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  29. I would have to say finally getting a little veggie garden all fenced in-to keep the big critters from eating it all on me-and most memorable-the 36 inches of rain we got in 10 days-LOL

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  30. My holiday. The summer does seem to be slipping away - and yet it's been lovely this year - lots of memories to keep us going through the dark cold nights.

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  31. I've had some great times this summer including getting closer than I was before to a friend of mine.

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  32. It would definitely be our trip to China and our national parks road trip.

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  33. My summer flew by while I was in and out of the hospital. I feel as if I have been cheated out of the summer of 2013.

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  34. I have enjoyed the slow pace of this summer. No big events, no big projects, just enjoying life as it slowly unfolds. xo

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  35. Just time spent with the kidlets and soaking up the warmth on the front porch...simple pleasures.

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  36. I know you had a great summer! Saw your vacations pics.

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  37. My most memorable moment this summer came at the beginning- when I retired after 29 years of teaching middle school~

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  38. Going to our nation's capitol for the first time. Even tho' I grew up in NYC, I'd only gone to D once for a march in the 1970s. Didn't get to see anything except the national mall.

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  39. Nothing really stands out. It was just a good summer with a lot of enjoyable little moments with my grandchildren.

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  40. This summer has been great for me, my daughter and her husband came for a visit and I was able to meet my adorable grandson Jackson. My sister came for a visit from New York state, it has been eight years since I have seen her.

    The best thing I did was finally put one and one together with my exercise and eating healthy... This summer I have become more of myself.

    It has been wonderful Keith :) I look forward to this fall ...

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  41. Beautiful sunset, great capture.

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  42. The whole summer has been wonderful. Friends and family visited us, we took numerous day trips, spent a lot of time outdoors exploring, took 100s of photographs and had successful and beautiful results in the garden. And on and on... Once again, it's all these simple things that have made yet another summer so spectacular!

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  43. Slowly the days get longer. Slowly the air warms. Green shoots and flowers appear. I'll let you know in six months how the summer was.

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  44. Being an Indian and in India Iam gonna stand out here.
    I love the three montgs of winters we get December-January-February.
    Although, I might cringe a little with HOW cold it has become, I ♥ the short lived winters.
    ;-)

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  45. Moving to this beautiful part of the world. I love living here!! : )

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  46. i think it would be the time my friends from overseas visit me. we had a blast.
    i never think a lot about summer as i live in a tropical country, and in the city i live in, everyday is summer here. i think i'm done with beaches this year. i miss mountain and the lake and the smell of fresh pines. haha

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  47. I do think it has been a weird summer. Mostly because it wasn't hot! Last summer we had 3 months of 90-100+ degree temps and this summer we've been in the 90's only a handful of times. My garden is progressing very slowly. But I love Autumn so I can't wait for the changing of the leaves. The biggest thing that happened this summer was my shoulder surgery. I got to stay home with my daughter which was wonderful. We did lots of family fun things since I was home and we could.

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  48. Spending time with Family. We had my nieces Engagement party, my other niece graduating from high school, nephew graduating from 8th grade (middle school for some) Retirement parties, Birthday parties.

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  49. There were several highs, a few bullets dodged but the summer of 2013 will be remembered by the many blissfully cool and delightful days. Each day has been such a blessing, even the rainy ones.
    That is until this week when "normal" summer finally got here with uncomfortably high heat and humidity.

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  50. It has been a wonderful summer and lots of cherished memories of travel, dinners with frinds, painting in new places.
    Now to beautiful cooler evenings
    Helenxx

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  51. Wow Keith! The days are getting shorter? I thought they were still 24 hours long. Silly me! :)

    So this is a bit of a Northern Hemisphere thing happening. My greatest memory of this summer was the fact the mysterious glowing orb aka the sun, actually shone in Britain.

    I want bonus points for commenting at gone three in the morning!

    Gary :)

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  52. this summer was forgettable

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  53. Between Hawaii and next week disneys half marathon weekend for my 30th birthday, this is the week of memories for sure. What is yours?

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  54. this summer has had the best summer weather for years and I've never seen so many butterflies since I moved up to Scotland.

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  55. I got to see my very first granddaughter for the very first time every. Summer doesn't get better than that. :)

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  56. Keith
    I hope you found supreme joy in this fast-moving summer. I spent the summer working in the yard, cleaning up old trees and bushes and planting new. Watching each new bud burst forth brings me my joyous moments.

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  57. The highlight of my summer was standing on Tintagel beach and soaking up the magical atmosphere.
    If I have a Spiritual Home, then this is it!:)

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  58. Starting work on our raised bed garden!

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  59. So far, I'd say it was taking a little time off to spend with my family. How about you?

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  60. I really liked visiting Toadstool Park and staying in our cabin in Crawford, Nebraska! It was fun.

    I'm going to miss summer time. Now everything is hectic.

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  61. Our summer is just peaking through winter. Had the most beautiful day today.

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  62. Too short is summer here ~ We went to Vancouver last month and really enjoyed the beach and family gathering ~ Happy weekend Keith ~

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  63. I'm most grateful for the fact that Summer will continue over here until, well, the next Summer:)

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  64. Our summer highlight was the 3-week Norway cruise, coupled with the email from our son announcing his wedding date! Totally rocks!!!

    Loving our cool, not hawt, nawth Jawjah weather. Have a super summer Sunday!

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  65. My highlight was getting engaged! :) Anything other than that was just icing on top of the cake! I just wish the summer wasn't over so quickly - why do they always fly by?

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  66. I passed the bloody CPC exam. Not to find a job!

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  67. I love the spontaneous family gatherings once in a while and the days I spent in San Diego visiting my mom.

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  68. My grandson being born this year and my great niece being born as well. All good things this year.

    Dark Thoughts Blog

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  69. I cannot believe it's over already :( As my husband pointed out to me this morning - this has been the summer of shows for us. When I think back on this year I'll likely remember all the concerts and plays we took in.

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  70. I'd have to say the two new babies we've welcomed (or will welcome in October) to our family. We got to go visit one (and the rest of the wild bunch) a couple of weeks ago, and I'll go to Boston in October for the next arrival. While in Denver I also got to spend some very special time with my son. It's still close to my heart. He's had a lot of issues over the years, and he has done a magnificent job overcoming them. So proud of him - he's become a wonderful husband, father, and son.

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  71. I think most memorable for me is my oldest son's high school graduation...I can't believe he's all grown up! I also have really enjoyed the fun things we've done as a family this summer, especially hanging out at the lake. Good times...

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  72. This has been a tough summer. We made a big move, and it's still challenging. But I love summer nonetheless. We have a pool, so swimming has been a big highlight.

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  73. Lots of fun highlights. Panning for gold and gemstones was a blast. Spending time with our grandchildren is ALWAYS a blast. And we welcomed our thirteenth grandchild into the world. So it's been a pretty terrific summer. Matter of fact, every day we wake up on the topside of the sod is a pretty darned good one.

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  74. Summer has been all about work. Nothing exciting or memorable.

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  75. Oh, I will remember our many visits with family - we made some wonderful memories!

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  76. Having some good laughs and storytelling with my parents and my brother. All together in the same room, finally, after all these years. Guitar and song, swimming together, reminiscing of old times. Mother 87. Father 92. Happy times for sure.

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  77. My favorite thing about this summer so far has been Minnesota Mermaids and my favorite memory has been time spent at the cabin. A specific one in particular is the morning that my dad and I grabbed a canoe and went out on the lake with my puppy. All three of us had a great time!

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  78. This summer marked an important phase in my life, with me relocating to a new city.

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  79. Hard to say really, it's been a bit of a blur and nothing too exciting happened.

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  80. Hi Keith - summer is always fantastic with the long days, family parties and time with friends. I've had a few very short rushed trips away ..

    Have a happy Autumn .. cheers Hilary

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  81. Beautiful sunset! Summer seems to have slipped by too fast, nothing special happening here. Have a great day!

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  82. Well its a while ago now, but watching Quoll - a small marsupial predator - in Tasmania has to be near the top of the list!

    And I have another burst of (early) summer in 2013 to look forward to!

    Cheers - Stewart M

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  83. Nooo!!! I'm hanging on to this summer for as long as I can!! For now, I have several favorite memories, trips to my favorite beach with the kids, a trip to the amusement park, a trip to the mountains but it's still going!!!

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  84. I love autumn, but am really enjoying our heatwave. What a lovely shot!

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  85. The colors, scents, varieties and wonderment of flowers are my favorite memories of summer. I have been taking lots of pics on my cell phone so that I can remember them later. I welcome the changing seasons and I'm becoming more ready for summer to give way to autumn.
    What is your favorite summer memory Keith?

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  86. The best thing has been seeing how beautiful the place I now live in can be.

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  87. we had a sweet little baby girl granddaughter #2 July 12 so this summer will live on for ever!

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  88. Indeed we do seem to have found ourselves at the closing end of Summer. At least this time there hasn't been a note through the door saying Summer called while you were out. In fact up here it was just about to get up and put its coat on when it changed its mind and sat down again for a last cup of tea for the road.

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  89. Meeting my little niece Korbee for the first time!

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  90. Summers do go by so fast, don't they? I can't believe this one is coming to an end. I think it's the fastest summer I've ever experienced. My favorite memory this summer, and actually one of my favorite memories of all time, is going to the beach with two of my closest friends. It was raining and we drove all day to spend just 15 minutes on the beach. It was nearly dark by the time we got there, and still raining, but we ran out into the ocean anyway. Something about that moment just resonated with me and still gives me chills just thinking about it!

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  91. This was not a great summer. It was rainy and chilly, to the point of pulling my sweaters back out some days. I feel like I am still waiting for it to start.

    Hope you had a nice summer Keith!

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  92. The summer season is so short here. BOO! I dread the winter months every year. Someday I will live somewhere it NEVER snows. (I like snow on Christmas Day.) Of course all my memories from my vacation are probably my favorite. BUT I think all the cycling I did this year sticks out more. Over 600 miles on the bike and still going. :)

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  93. I'm not a sun or summer lover Keith, (you'll never see me with a tan) but my daughter and son-in-law managed to coax me out into the garden for a barbeque. I don't get seeing them much as they live in London, so to say I was out in the garden a whole day is a result! It hit 80+ some days!

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  94. This summer came and went in a flash. Or nearly so. :) This one was memorable for me as it included getting a book published. It's been a wild summer here!

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  95. It took forever for summer to get here and now we are be blasted with this unbearable heat. After a week of near 100 degree temps most of us here will be glad for Autumn!

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  96. The post is handsomely written. I have bookmarked you for keeping abreast with your new posts.
    Estetik

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  97. I remember the sensation of being drinking a beer near to the beach in Orlando, FL. Great!!

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  98. no question, this summer will always hold sweet memories of my baby's wedding :)

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  99. What a gorgeous photo in your post Keith - did you take it? Its really lovely.
    Summer! well I'm more a winter time girl. All my best memories were created during the Australian autumns, winters and spring. We, are just entering our so called spring here in the northern tropics but really, it's more like early summer.

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  100. This was the quickest summer of all time. highlights were funnily enough just hanging around home which we didn't seem to do enough of, I also only got down to the pool once which is criminal!

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  101. This has to have been the hardest and most trying summer of my life, so I really have nothing that I want to carry through with me to the new year. However, I am excited because I have learned a lot about MYSELF and things about life that put me in a better position to take on anything life throws at me! :)

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  102. Looks like you have a fan club :) I like that I have had a peaceful and simple Summer.

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  103. This was a hard summer. But memorable. The best and worst thing that happened to me was caring for my Hubbell in his last three months. I loved caring for him even in the hardest moments. In some ways the days were like torture because I didn't know how much longer I'd have him around. Would it be a couple of days or several weeks? I had to savor every single moment. Hubbs was such a gift in my life and I'm so thankful I had those last months with him. I will always remember this summer....so hard but intensely beautiful all at the same time.

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  104. My best memory is that it's almost over! So tired of the hot!

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  105. I agree with the post that the best memory is that it is almost over. SOoooooo tired of being soooo hot.

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  106. Well it's summer all year round here lol.. But taking it to mean June, July and August, I'll have to say Jake's birth! The months prior to "summer" were actually miserably hotter; we've been enjoying more rainstorms of late. And yes -- shark week -- poor Snuffy the seal lol

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  107. This summer will always be remembered for the rush of working with a professional editor and seeing one of my dreams molded into perfection. (Or as near as it gets.) It's been a good summer--not saying that summer ever ends here in Florida.

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  108. Beautiful post. If it were not for the beauty of autumn, I would not be able to handle the end of summer at all.

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  109. My greatest memory is that I have worked very very hard this summer...learned a lot but worked very hard, and I suppose I am OK with it but I am ready for a change of pace! I hope you had a great summer in spite of the ocean scare...

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  110. Our trip to Mystic Connecticut, beautiful new England town by the water, great sights, yummy seafood, so relaxing. Hope you're having a great summer, Keith!

    What about you? You never answer your own questions. LOL :)

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  111. Beautiful photo! My most memorable moment this summer was seeing my younger brother for the first time after 9 months when he got back from his deployment in Afghanistan.

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  112. I'm trying to think of one. It's liked I blinked and it was over.

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  113. My goodness this was a big summer - new job, new space, new... Usually summers are sluggish, but having moved to a cooler climate it has filled me with energy and vibrance. Plus, being in a positive and energetic workplace motivates one a bit more often. And I don't have to teach as much! All good things :)

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  114. PS: Just stopping in to see if anything new is posted. LOVE your Facebook photo. Maybe you can share a post with your doggie sometime? What a cutie. Both of you actually. ;<)

    Happy Week Keith, G

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  115. This has been a really bad summer for me. I've been sick, a lot. I didn't get to go stay with the grandkids as I usually do. Glad it's almost over. Bring on the holidays!

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  116. This has been a strange summer, I have had a sense of unease during the first weeks, but -retrospectively- I think that it was because I knew I had to face some challenges and I didn´t want to. Finally I did it, I accepted the challenge to devote some time to myself, to have time for making a pause, to make some changes and make room for what really matters...
    It worked!, finally it has been a very good summer. The greatest memory is the time I have shared with my husband, alone, without our laptops, phones, only our cameras and time ahead to walk, chat and enjoy.

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