1. True or False: You can wear white shoes after Labor Day. (Please explain to me why!)
Well, I was taught, growing up, that unless you were a medical professional, a bride, or a tennis player, white clothing was for summer only. I have no idea why—maybe because you can leave white clothes out in the sun to bleach them? I pretty much ignore that rule these days.
2. If "the dog days" are in August, when are "the cat days"?
Oh, that’s easy! The days between Christmas and New Year’s, when you cuddle up with your cat to read/listen/watch your Christmas presents and drink hot chocolate! In front of a fireplace, if possible.
3. Share a memory from your life of going back to school.
I always had mixed feelings. I actually liked school, mostly, and I liked all the bustle and organization of getting ready to go back. At the same time, I really liked the laziness of summer—getting up when I felt like it, spending whole days reading or playing Monopoly or hanging out at a friend’s house, the special stuff we did on summer weekends, like going to visit relatives or a special attraction like an arboretum or garden or some such (my mom and I are/were gardening geeks). So really, back to school was bittersweet.
4. My dad had a rhyme he used to tell us: "I eat my peas with honey; I've done it all my life. It makes the peas taste funny, but it keeps them on my knife!" What's the strangest use for honey you've ever heard of?
A facial mask and to preserve zoological specimens.
But apparently it has had many uses…
5. Post a picture from this summer that shows us one of your favorite memories.
This is from our Pride Festival service.
BONUS: Summer gardens! Got one? What are you growing?
Not this year—no yard, not even a balcony or appropriate place for a window box…plus my cat loves to chew on green things, so not even a potted rosemary plant.