Summer’s Ghost

 “We cannot stop the winter or the summer from coming.  We cannot stop the spring or the fall or make them other than they are.  They are gifts from the universe that we cannot refuse.  But we can choose what we will contribute to life when each arrives.”

Gary Zukav

Welcome back!  Hope you have all had a wonderful summer.  I have missed you, and I have missed blogging for the last long while… Looking forward to catching up.  I have a lot to share, and despite of the fact that the months ahead will be very busy for me, it is the season to get back into regular writing.  I can hardly believe that we are almost at mid-September, but (I think) I am finally embracing the idea of autumn and its routine (maybe).

July and August of 2015 are now behind us, and when all is said and done, I look back on a special summer.  Many out-of-town guests, one road trip to Alberta, a brief stay at the mountains, some time at home, time at the lake. That is the synopsis that describes my summer, but hardly captures it.

It was not a perfect or bump-less summer (literally… I recently suffered a mild concussion.  Please don’t worry, though, I am much better already).  But there were so many beautiful moments – and I am glad that I remembered to notice.

Northern lights, a big round moon, the stars. Fireworks.  Hot days spent swimming in cold water, cool evenings spent by the campfire.  Farm fields, trees, birds.  Mountain lakes.  Laughter, family and friends.  Aaaah.

I miss summer already… and I have lots of stories to tell, but I won’t try to relate my whole summer in one post.

Swimming off one of the many charming public piers. The picture taken at Winnipeg Beach by Julia, a reader.
One of the many charming public piers around Lake Winnipeg. Picture sent in by a reader, Julia.

Hopefully, some of the experiences and thoughts that I’ve been wanting to share with you will find their way into my blog posts in the months to come.  As I’ve heard it said, “In September, we know we’ll welcome summer’s ghost.”

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”

John Lubbock

A serene moment on the shores of Lake Winnipeg, image captured by reader Julia.
A serene moment on the shores of Lake Winnipeg, captured on camera by reader Julia.

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Carina Spring

Hi! So glad you stopped by my little blog, where I joyfully embrace creativity. Here, at Home... hurrah!, I celebrate the beauty and depth of everyday moments, explore what life has to teach us, and share some of the interesting things I see and learn along the way. Thanks for the visit!

8 thoughts on “Summer’s Ghost”

  1. I love summer, and am not giving up on it yet! But I’ll love every day in front of me as long as I can go adventuring. Glad to hear you’re on the mend, but concussions are not fun stuff and I hope it really is healing. Do take care. Glad to have you back.

    1. I love your attitude, Jay! Holidays might be behind us, but we can certainly enjoy the warm weather and relatively long days that are still here… And I agree about the adventures. My head is better, though still not 100%, needing more sleep than usual, for sure. Thanks for the visit and the kind thoughts – take care. 🙂

  2. Dear Carina, I have missed your writing, so glad to find this post in my inbox. I adore that first picture. The naked branches are so unusual. So many great quotes in this post and I’d not heard a one of them. I really loved “In September, we know we’ll welcome summer’s ghost.” So true. Sounds like a lovely summer, you’ll have many beautiful memories to draw from in your winter writings. (did I just type winter?) Ouch. And speaking of ouch, sorry to hear of the concussion. We never quite know what’s around the corner, literally. And for that I’m glad. So thankful you are ok. And I look forward to the summer stories. Always a story , isn’t there? XOXO

    1. Hi Allie! Actually, that first picture is taken by my son, but for some reason the caption is not displaying. I loved it, too. It is typical of certain summer weekdays at Lake Winnipeg, with beautiful blue skies and fresh air. Some off-the-beaten-path beaches are so beautiful and often practically empty- you would love it, Beach Girl! I am glad that you enjoyed the quotes. I agree, (despite my concussion – which I got through a silly, self-inflicted accident!) it is best in life that we don’t know what is around the corner… as the Garth Brooks song says, “I could’ve missed the pain, but I’d have had to miss the dance”. Thanks so much for popping by, and have a wonderful week. XO

  3. Welcome back Carina! I’ve missed your ever insightful and pleasurable posts. It sounds like your summer was jam packed. I’ve always believed that a bump or two help us to appreciate a smooth stretch much more. Until next time.

    1. Hi Juan! Thanks for the comment, I appreciate the kind words and am glad you enjoy the posts. Yes, I did have a very busy summer, but I enjoyed it thoroughly and have a lot to look back on and reflect. I think you are so right about the “bumps” and challenges in life helping us appreciate the smooth stretches… though honestly I could’ve done without this particular bump! 😉 Take care!

    1. Hi Bekki, thanks for the visit and the comment. The first picture was taken by my 12 year old son, but for some reason, the caption is not showing up. The other two pictures were sent in by reader,Julia. Actually, ‘northern lights’ is the colloquial expression around here for aurora borealis, so I don’t have a photograph of them, as they occur at night and I doubt my cell phone camera would do them justice. Do you guys get aurora borealis in your part of the world? I plan to include some pictures of the celestial phenomenon in a future post that I will be doing on the night sky. Anyhow, great to hear from you. Take care!

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