July Creative Challenge, day 19: Summer

Finding some shade along my daily walk

Finding some shade along my daily walk

I haven’t gone to school in a long, long time, but even I get that sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach when I see BACK TO SCHOOL ads on TV and in the newspaper. Why are they always so loud (in volume, color and style)? We all know that Summer Vacation is going to end. Even those of us who don’t mark our days from June to September with a big crayon “x’s” on the kitchen calendar are aware that Labor Day will come eventually. Is  it really necessary for Target and Walmart to jam the fact that freedom is ticking away down our collective throats? And must they do it with such a gleeful homage to consumerism?

“Look at all this awesome stuff I got for the first day of school for my cool, slim, popular self!”  oh, yeah? “YEAH!”

As today is day 19 of the July Creative Challenge. There can be no denying that summer is past the magical half way point. June weddings have come and gone, the Fourth of July fireworks have faded into the night sky, the MBL All Star players have had their last at bat. It seems all we have left  of this summer is the heat, the bugs and the sun burn…


  • Shakespeare under the stars with the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory and the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
  • Zucchini bread
  • BBQ with friends
  • Hot August Blues
  • Mint tea made from the spearmint that grows literally right outside my back door
  • Oriole games
  • Steamed Crabs
  • Flowers from the garden
  • Boxes of veggies from the farm
  • Day trips to small towns
  • Tall ships in the Inner Harbor
  • Homemade ice cream at Bonkeys or Summers

collage of stuff to do

What are you looking forward to this summer?


About ritalovestowrite

Freelance writer, graphic designer, musician, foodie and Jane Austen enthusiast in Northern Baltimore County, Maryland. As a writer I enjoy both fiction and non fiction (food, travel and local interest stories.) As an advocate for the ARTS, one of my biggest passions is helping young people find a voice in all the performing arts. To that end it has been my honor to give one-on-one lessons to elementary, middle and high school students in graphic design and music. And as JANE-O I currently serve as the regional coordinator for JASNA Maryland and am working on a Regency/Federal cooking project. View all posts by ritalovestowrite

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