💙❤💙 Well summer is happily zooming right along and July is already on the horizon. As June’s last days quietly fade away, July starts off with a bang-quite literally-with 4th of July fireworks commemorating our Independence Day.
If you were dragging your feet about summer before, the smack-you-in-the-face heat is your reminder that July is the quintessential summer month. June was just the kick-off, and with August the school countdown looms large. But July is all about creating those summer vacation memories. Parades and picnics. Baseball games and barbecues. S’mores and swimming. And who could forget? Family reunions…(sometimes with more fireworks than the 4th!)
July is more than fireworks and red, white and blue bunting, It’s also national grilling, hotdog, ice cream, and watermelon month. A month with its own foods? Not too shabby!
More fun facts about July, July is a long one–being one of 7 months with 31 days. July is also the 7th month on the calendar and is named after Julius Caesar himself-since he’s a famous birthday boy born in July. Ruby is the flashy birthstone, and water lilies and larkspur are the birth flowers.
The astrological signs are Cancer and Leo. It’s also the start of the Dog Days–the hottest time of year. (See my earlier post Dog Days here: Dog Days) We all know July to be a toasty month, but that’s only here in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s a chilly one in the Southern.
Being a firecracker…err…July baby, I can’t imagine a “chilly” birthday. As a kid my birthday always rolled out the same. Hotter than a pistol, and I always got flipflops–(we called them thongs back then 😂 collective ewww….don’t get me started)–a kiddie pool, outdoor toys, and a new swimsuit. I used to wonder what my booty would have been if I’d had a fall, winter, or spring birthday. (I’m guessing Alice and Co. had July birthdays…I’d have happily celebrated an “un-birthday” in order to have some variety in those gifts…)
However, with age comes wisdom, and that makes me pretty wise. So this year on my birthday I’m going to once again be celebrating with a plastic wading pool and pool toys. With my grandkiddos. I may just be dangling my feet, but I’ll be savoring every scorching July moment. 💙❤️💙
Here’s to 55 more ! 🎂