Not So Lazy Days of Summer

IMG_3921 Soybeans and Fireflies

I am quickly discovering that summer is a hard time to keep current with a blog. For some reason the days are spent outdoors trying to maintain the lawn, garden, soybean fields and a bunch of other important things.  So I will apologize, up front, for not keeping up with your blogs!

It makes me wonder about that saying….the lazy days of summer.  I keep waiting for those to show up. I have discovered things during these not so lazy days. I discovered it is really hard to try photograph lightening bugs over the bean field….so all you really are getting with this post’s photo is soybeans!  Those little flying lights are there…you just can’t see them! Though I do think all those little white dots are actually the bugs…..

I am also discovering that heat and humidity will sap any creative writing thoughts that one might have. (I would hate to admit it might be age and just being really tired at the end of the day!) I headed over to the daily prompt site for some words that might generate an idea for a riveting post……(I am still wondering and searching for a marvelous idea.)

My husband and I were sitting in the house after another morning spent walking the beans. (See prior post for what that is …. in case you are wondering.) He made the comment that it is “hotter than a banshee outside”.

Once he made that comment, we both wondered what that really meant! How hot is a banshee? And what is a banshee? Perhaps my friends from over the pond have that answer?

It also caused me to wonder about other “hotter than” statements……”hotter than Dutch love.” (Hmmmm, I am mainly dutch ancestry and think I will just let that one totally alone!)  “hotter than a pistol” (?????)…….. “hotter than a cat on a hot tin roof”(why is that cat on a tin roof anyway?) ……”hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk” (pretty sure I will stick to using my fry pan.)…..  Any other “hotter than” comments out there?

It is one of those “hotter than” days where there will be no scampering about.  It would get entirely too hot and sweaty. It is hard enough to kind of slog through a day like this; without trying to look perky and alert! One weatherman said it exactly right…..”the next few days will have air you can wear.”

The only thing that seems to be full of life is the bugs.  The monarchs float effortlessly on the breeze. I always wonder if they are drawn by the delightful scent the milkweed blooms send out. Bumble bees and honey bees are busy gathering pollen from my flowers and typically leave us alone….as long as we leave them alone. The fireflies are like twinkling little stars stretched out over the bean field at night.

It is good to see that this type of weather is at least good for all of them. It has been so droughty here that we don’t seem to have nearly the mosquito population that we usually do….that is one upside to our lack or rain.

Maybe this weather is really given to us so that we can truly appreciate when a cool front comes through? Maybe it teaches us perseverance? Maybe, just maybe, we can be grateful it is this humid in our area. If it wasn’t so muggy, our corn fields would begin to shrivel and burn up, rather than flourish as well as they do, even without rainfall.

I guess this is when I must learn to be “content in all things” (Philippians 4:12-13)  and not just when life is exactly as I would like it to be. Maybe it is time to be happy to just enjoy the butterflies and lightening bugs.

It is good to acknowledge that God is God and I am not. He knows what I need, when I need it. His timing for my life and for the world I live in; is perfect. And for that…..I am indeed grateful!

I make known the end from the beginning,
from ancient times,
what is still to come.
I say,
‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’
Isaiah 46:10
New International Version

 

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28 thoughts on “Not So Lazy Days of Summer

  1. thecobweboriumemporium says:

    Phew … I have trouble just getting through a regular day when the heat turns up to places that should only exist in an oven.
    Goodness only knows how you two continue to work those fields when all you really feel like doing is turning the fan up and laying down beneath it!
    Squidges ~ Cobs xxx

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I have found that this season of bean walking I am not as “hardy” as last year! My sister in law tells me this is due to surgery 4 months ago. I keep telling Chicken Grandad that next year I should be in fine form! He tells me to go and rest in the pickup and he keeps walking……I do have a winner in that man!
      It is wonderful to get back in the house with the AC running and take a shower……heavenly!

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  2. bcparkison says:

    Farmers do what they have to do and there is not much prettier than a clean bean field.
    I do think working the hay field give walking the beans a ‘run ‘ for the hot summer job.
    I do miss the lightening bugs…there just aren’t many around any more here.

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  3. susieshy45 says:

    Faye,
    Your soya bean field is so beautiful. Do you both plant it yourself- by hand ?
    I wish I could have seen the lightning bugs.
    I pray that you get rains just enough to keep you cool and just enough for the plants.
    Do you think summer will end by the end of July ?
    Susie

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Susie, We don’t plant them by hand as we have about 40 acres of them. My husband has an older tractor pulled planter. He uses the same planter for the acres of corn field. This might sound like a lot of farm ground but in our area we are incredibly small. Most farmers have 500 or more acres.
      Our summer will still be going on into September. September is our month that can be cold or hot. It is kind of the transition month into fall and winter.
      I love your prayer. That is all we need….just enough. And just enough that we can do what God wants us to do with it.

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  4. Jen Maher-Kudrapali says:

    I need to rephrase it so it would resonate perfectly back at me:

    I guess this is when I must learn to be “content in all things” (Philippians 4:12-13) and not just when life is exactly as I would like it to be. Maybe it is time to be happy to just enjoy the butterflies and lightening bugs.

    It is good to acknowledge that God is God and I am not. He knows what I need, when I need it. His timing for my life and for the world I live in; is perfect. And for that…..I am indeed grateful!

    Let’s be grateful!

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      It isn’t easy to be content in all things…..it is rewarding but not easy. Sometimes the only good thing is the butterfly floating past and I have always been an optomist so I try focus on that.
      I do tend to like to tell God how I would like life to be….Fortunately He doesn’t let me in control LOL.

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