Tag Archive: summer


For the last few days, the weather has been pretty cool and rainy.  That’s not helping the pool very much.  Over the last few weeks, it has been in the 80s and 90s outside, and the pool was around 76 degrees.  That’s not too bad when you consider that I had to backwash it a lot and had to keep adding cold hose water to fill it back up.

Yesterday when I checked the temperature in the pool, it was about 71 degrees.  I haven’t checked it today, but with the constant rain and temps around 58 degrees, I can only imagine what it is now.  I don’t think I want to look.

The pool is finally starting to clear up.  I figured it would take a little longer this year, as it wasn’t opened last year and there was a lot more to clean up.  It turned blue quickly, but it hasn’t cleared up the cloudiness quite yet.  I can see the shallow end bottom and halfway down to the deep end, so it wont be long now.

One good thing about the rain is that it is filling up the pool and I don’t have to run the hose into it and waste the water.  It’s also watering my garden.  Two birds, one stone I guess.

My question is this – Why did we get Summer weather in Spring, and now that Summer is about to begin, we are getting Spring weather?

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With the first day of summer just about two weeks away, I start to think of why it is my favorite time of year.  I think the warm weather is a bit of a given, but I have a few other reasons why I love it.

The Pool – I’ve been a water rat since I was a toddler.  I also lived close to the ocean in Virginia growing up.  So, I have spent many hours of my life in the water.  I’ve also been pulled out of the pool (over the side) because I couldn’t breathe more times than I care to remember.  That has not stopped me from going back in.  To this day, I still will spent a good portion of the day in the pool.  I love it!

The Grill – I love cooking on the grill.  I do it all year long, but it’s much more pleasant when it isn’t below freezing outside.  This morning I made bacon in a frying pan on the side burner of the grill.  I like to make it outside so it doesn’t smell up the house.  It doesn’t matter if it’s hot dogs or steak, I love cooking out there.  Plus the grill overlooks the pool.  Bonus!

Motorcycles – Riding is a huge passion of mine.  I still do it in some of the colder months, but like other things, it’s much more enjoyable when it’s warm outside.  Being on a motorcycle is such an amazing feeling.  It’s so relaxing.  It also will make you forget all your problems for a while.  Great for clearing your head.

Friends – This one sort of ties into all of the others.  Summer to me is about hanging out with your friends, having a cookout, swimming in the pool and riding.  There’s something about the camaraderie of bikers that makes you proud to be a part of that family.  I’ve met some of the best people while riding or talking about motorcycles.

Photography – This is also a given.  I do have a photography blog and a Photo Group.  The sun, the flowers, nature, cars and waterfalls all make me very happy when I get out with the camera in my hands.  There are a lot of places that I want to shoot this year.  Hopefully this nice weather (well, before this weekend) will continue and I can check more places off my list.

What about summertime makes you happy?

Yesterday we went to Price Chopper to pick up a few things for dinner and while we were there, I started thinking about those summer foods that I love.  You know, the foods you don’t go out of your way to get most of the year, but during the warmer months, you really enjoy them.  My summer food today was strawberries.

We walked into Price Chopper and as soon as I saw them, I knew I had to have them.  It was at least 86 degrees here yesterday.  That’s what the car thermometer said anyway.  The ones at the house were aver 90.  For Upstate New York in the Spring, that is a little toasty.  I am not complaining ( a lot), I just wish we could ease into it.  One of the local weather channels posted a Tweet saying we had a run last week that was a perfect temperature range.  Tuesday was in the 40s followed by Wednesday in the 50s, Thursday was in the 60s, Friday was in the 70s and then Saturday and Sunday were in the 80s.  That is how it should be.  The only problem is that for the beginning of the week, it was in the 30s and windy as hell overnight.

Ok, back on topic…I was looking for a snack tonight, when all of a sudden I remembered the strawberries were in the fridge.  I washed them and cut them up in a bowl.  Next, I grabbed some sugar and sprinkled it over them to take the bite away.  It just so happened that I had a fresh bowl of Cool Whip sitting in the fridge and I covered the strawberries with it.  Delish!

So, what I’d like to know from you is this – What food do you consider a summer food? A few others that I like are (on rare occasion) tomatoes eaten like an apple with a salt shaker, peaches, plums and grapes.  I really like freezer pops too.

Something I don’t like that is considered summer food is watermelon.  Unless you cut a hole in the top of it and fill it with (Insert favorite alcohol here) and let it marinate for a few days.  On the rare occasion that I partake in that ritual, I like Parrot Bay Coconut Rum in it.  Mmmm…but I ain’t one to gossip, so you didn’t hear that from me!

Tell me what you like.  Don’t be shy!  See ya soon!

With the warmer temperatures we have been having lately, I am getting pretty excited for spring.  I mentioned before about how I fall into a rut with my photography during the late fall and early winter months.  I barely do any shooting for four or five months.  That’s all about to change very soon!

It’s been starting to warm up lately, and the snow is melting.  As I was going through some of my pictures, I found the ones I am going to use today that I took last  spring as one of the trees in the back yard was beginning to bloom.  It is such a beautiful time of year.  It makes me happy and motivates me to get the camera out again.

I am also adding a flower picture that I took last year.  Can you identify the flower?

You know you want it

So, I started blogging last Monday.  I wasn’t sure I would stick with it, or if people would even read it.  Here’s what I have gotten from the feedback over the last week;

It seems that the people reading my blog respond quite a bit more when I write about cars and motorcycles.

Fantastic!  So, I will try to, at minimum, post at least one blog a week about those topics.  I will probably do more than that, but at least I know what some of you like.  At least I can tie them in with my photography based blog. Come on warmer weather!  I am going to need a lot more pics.

Let’s start with my bike.  If you read Friday’s blog, you will know that I have a Harley V-Rod.  I bought it with about 1,800 miles on it, and now it has about 18,000 miles on it.  I really love this bike.  I bought it as it sits, with the only changes being; the mirrors, as something very large fell off a guys bike one night, bounced and hit my mirror and shattered it.  I also changed the seat.  I had the Willie G. seat on there when I bought it, and it went beautifully with the lines of the bike.  Looks, don’t always make it comfortable.  It was sooooo uncomfortable.  Maybe it’s because the bike is lowered, and the ride is a little choppy, but after an hour, I have to get off and walk.

I really like my bike as not too many people have them, and that’s because it was never really accepted by the “Harley” crowd.  You see, the V-rod was designed in conjunction with Porsche.  But, the main thing that others don’t like is that it is water-cooled (has a radiator) vs the traditional air cooled engine.  To each their own.  People will like what they like, and I can’t fault them for that.  Sales can’t be that bad, as they are still producing the bike some 7 or 8 years later.

Another thing I love about it is the power.  Instead of the tradition 5k or 5500 rpm redline of a Harley, the V-rod has a 9,000 plus rpm redline.  It also has a streetbike tire on the rear.  I have a nice 180 rear tire that lets me lay it right over and drag the pegs, lifting my foot up on them at times.  Here’s some pics of my boots, so you can see that I’m not joking.  That’s how I got the nickname ‘pegdragger’.

Boots

Boots

Left Boot

Left Boot

Can you tell I favor laying it over on the left side?  That’s not from walking on the side of my foot.  They’re ground down from dragging on the pavement.  Love it!  Here are a couple pics of my bike..

My V-Rod

My V-Rod

Self Portrait

Self Portrait

Pipes

Pipes

See, it says Harley...

See, it says Harley...

A little Photoshop.  Let's not forget the POW-MIAs

A little Photoshop. Let's not forget the POW-MIAs

So, now that I’ve babbled about my bike, how about you.  Do you ride?  On your own or with someone?  Have you always wanted to but never have?  Tell me about it.