Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG

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Ok, before I get started, this morning when I was in the bathroom, I don’t know what possessed me, but without thinking I started brushing my teeth before realizing I had *not* finished my cup of coffee, nor eaten breakfast yet.  That is not a good way to start the day.  It’s probably one of those classic pre-Alzheimer’s signs.  And now I’m hungry but I’m stuck with that overpowering minty meal-ruiner taste.


In other news, I love my favorite CA reading chum.  This showed up in the mail on Saturday.  *SO* exciting.  She’s the greatest.


In otherly-ish news, the other day Chickadee left me a comment which stung me to the quick.  I was accused of wishing away her summer… which got me to thinking, “Why the heck would anybody *not* want it wished away?”  So then I started thinking about summery things that people might enjoy that I normally reject and avoid, and then, to my utter amazement (even more so, to my *kids* utter amazement) I asked Geoff the Great to take us to the lake.  And then we actually went.  Twice.  See? I even have pictures to prove it.  See how hot it looks?  That’s the problem with summer.


James at the Lake


Dip at the Lake


Bo at the Lake


Ryann and Emmiko at the Lake


Coie at the Lake


Geoff at the Lake — he actually swam, too.  Gross.  Lake water is nasty.




Me at the Lake.  Yep, that’s right, I stayed *inside* the nice cool car the whole time and watched the fun from the window (when I wasn’t reading).  I’m pretty sure I had the most enjoyable time.  And I am still looking forward to cold-y-ness.  But I confess, we all had fun.





August 12th, 2008 - Posted in Uncategorized | | 32 Comments

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  1. Julie Park said,

    on August 12th, 2008 at 10:10 am

    If it’s any consolation – I HATE HEAT as well…. This Canadian girl needs cool, DRY breezes and crisp, light jacket weather to fully function. I am completely with you there on WISHING FOR FALL to come. Sorry Chickadee, this Arctic Bird needs a cool Canadian front to blow through!!!!

  2. Maria said,

    on August 12th, 2008 at 11:19 am

    I can not believe you stayed in the car! Was this not YOUR idea????

    I am sure the whole family had fun. It must be nice to travel together in one car. A blessing I have to admit I have taken for granted.


  3. chickadee said,

    on August 12th, 2008 at 11:59 am

    sorry about my biting comment but you should really learn to love summer. what about those nice summer evenings when you’re all outside, your hubby and you in lawn chairs and the smell of fresh cut grass is wafting around you and your kids running around like nuts trying to catch lightening bugs?

    or what about the whole family shucking corn, you’re hot and sweaty but it’s fun and when you’re done you’ve got a whole freezer full of fresh delicious corn to eat?

    or what about homemade ice cream? or the fourth of july? or vbs?

    think of what you’d miss if there were no summer.

  4. on August 12th, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    I am so looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the book. It was one of the most fascinating books I have ever read because she lived it. 🙂

    So glad you enjoyed your “lake” experience. LOL!!!


  5. Jess said,

    on August 12th, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    I like Coie’s haircut, it’s cute. And bravo on going to the lake and staying out of the nasty water. I would have done the same. However, I think you’re a bum for sitting in the car all by yourself. How boring.

  6. Annemarie said,

    on August 12th, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    Girl, I just love you. I would so totally be in the car with you.


  7. kellieann said,

    on August 12th, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    I am totally with you on the summer thing. Can’t stand it…especially August. Ick. I don’t like the beach either, and I’m from Charleston, SC.

  8. Jen said,

    on August 12th, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Oh…my….stars….you are so funny! Summer is one of my favorite times–the swimming, the warmth, the iced tea, the popsicles, the homemade ice cream.
    I think you should go live someplace like North Dakota for a couple of years (yes I have BTDT) and then you might appreciate some warmth! 🙂
    Your ‘trip’ was hiliarous!

  9. Susan said,

    on August 12th, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    Let’s see
    ~swimming – indoor pool in a hotel
    ~warmth – fireplace (lovely flames, too)
    ~iced tea – can be made year ’round
    ~popsicles – freezer section of grocery year ’round
    ~homemade ice cream – ice cream freezers work in the fall and winter, too
    ~gardening – greenhouse
    ~summer evenings on the lawn = mosquitos

    Nope, no reason at all to have summer :-). Okay, summer is really delightful when it’s 75 degrees and there is no humidity. How does one have the ENERGY to run and play and shuck corn when it is so wiltingly, blazingly hot and humid outside?

  10. on August 12th, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    okay, most lake water is nasty BUT we live near Lake Tahoe and it is the most amazing, clean, beautiful lake in the world… IMHO.

    Glad you all had fun.

  11. Becca said,

    on August 12th, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    You have to go back to the lake just once more and wade in the water – you’ll find at least ONE reason to enjoy summer. You could wade AND read at the same time. Not to mention that tasty watermelon James is munching on.
    THAT is one reason to luv August. Can’t get enough watermelon!

    Not that I love summer. I live in Texas, so I have absolutely no reason to love it at all. I’m a fall and winter gal.

  12. Deedeeuk said,

    on August 13th, 2008 at 3:20 am

    We get very few actual summery days here in England so I confess I do relish them when they come! However……I do remember well the sweltering days of summer back in the states. I must confess that Fall and Winter were always my favourites then! I too hate being eaten alive, while being boiled in my skin, while being baked by the sun, while melting into a puddle!

  13. jenig said,

    on August 13th, 2008 at 5:39 am

    Erica, i have to admit you are right about Tahoe. We lived near there, too, and it is unbelievable. Summer in Tahoe is *totally* do-able. I am ready for a Cali visit…

  14. mamasmurf said,

    on August 13th, 2008 at 9:53 am

    I agree – hot summers are “Yucky”!!!


  15. Charley said,

    on August 13th, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    I like the lifeguard Coie… I actually thought it was you Sista, until I read the caption. Also, all your studly young men look like Olympians…. Dip could be the new Phelps someday.

    Regarding the summer/winter thing, there are some peers of mine who have “Summer Sucks” stickers on their trucks – they’re snowmobilers of course. And I must say I agree, but we’ve got to enjoy the moment as it’s all we may ever have!! And I gotta keep my lil bride encouraged.

  16. Angie:) said,

    on August 13th, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Hi ya!:) Wowza!! Have you been busy or what??? Going to the lake…YIPPEE!!! ( I am proud of you!! ) Peach jam!! A dentist visit!! Wrestling with Geoff!! Reading!! You are a woman of MANY interests and talents!!:):)

    It was fun to catch up! I’ve missed you!

    Love you!

  17. jenig said,

    on August 13th, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Angie! yay, i’ve missed you too. I’m glad you’re finally back from MN. Let’s make a park date SOON!

  18. Coie said,

    on August 13th, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    Great, now there’s really no hope of my ever getting married — you posted the whiter then bleached snow picture of me. Stack that on top of my newly acquired talent of slamming my wrist into an automatic door. Yup, I’m a keeper.


    P.S. — Jess and Charley, are you completely shocked to see my KNEES and SHOULDERS!?

  19. Coie said,

    on August 13th, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    After reading my above comment, I got the Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes song stuck in my head.

  20. jenig said,

    on August 13th, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Coie… first of all, nearly everything i do is with the idea of *keeping* you from getting married. You are a keeper. For ME. I wish to always keep you forever and ever.

    Second of all; well, actually, that’s all i have to say.

  21. Laurie said,

    on August 13th, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    I sooooo totally agree with you!!!
    Summer…ICK!!!! I’m ready for fall as soon as spring is over! 🙂

  22. Lynan said,

    on August 13th, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    ok, but this week is reaalllyy nice, isn’t it? I haven’t run the a/c at all!

  23. Kim said,

    on August 14th, 2008 at 7:46 am

    I’m with you Jen….hate the heat. It makes me grumpy. And then my kids want to LEAN on me…”ick…Get off. Every square inch of me needs air flow!” I grew up in Florida and now live in SC, but never got used to the heat.

    Bring on my beloved Autumn!

  24. Michelle said,

    on August 14th, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    While I do not care for the intense heat I adore Summer! (No raking, no shoveling, kids playing outside and getting good an tired…) I just wish it lasted longer than the 3 short months that it does here in WI. 🙁

    Glad your kiddos had fun at the lake,(and those boys sure are clones of one another – LOL!)

  25. Jaynee said,

    on August 14th, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    Oooooohhhh…I LOVE watermelon…especially when it is ice cold.
    Tell Ryann that we got her hats a couple of weeks ago. They are BEAUTIFUL! I’m going to pass them out to the ladies and babies in our town this winter. And I’ll take lots of pictures when I do so you can see how many sweet Mexican heads Ryann’s handiwork is warming. 🙂
    Tell her THANK YOU soooo much and to keep up the great work! When you all come take a mission’s trip down here and visit, she can teach my girls and I how to knit 🙂 Be sure to bring Jess and Charlie here too because they need some Mexican sun about as much as I need some Alaskan pine trees 🙂
    love and prayers,

  26. Letitia said,

    on August 14th, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    If it makes you feel any better, we’ve been here 18 1/2 years, and we’ve never been to Douglas Lake! I’d rather go into the Park to the river where it’s cooler and shady.

  27. on August 14th, 2008 at 10:45 pm


  28. Letitia said,

    on August 15th, 2008 at 8:06 am

    The National Park! We like to go to Metclalf Bottoms, which is on Little River Rd~the road that leads from Galtinburg to Cades Cove. We also like Chimney Tops Picnic area on the road up toward Newfound Gap. You can’t swim swim there, but you can get in the river, and there may be places to swim if you don’t mind being numb. There is a great place to swim at the Townsend Y, but I don’t know how far that is from you.

  29. Letitia said,

    on August 15th, 2008 at 8:11 am

    P.S. I meant to tell you that Briana is moving this Sunday. She will be moving in with my parents about 2 hours away for this next school year and studying under the Russian ballet master and mistress, plus taking voice, other dance styles, and musical theater. I don’t think my heart is ready.

  30. jess said,

    on August 15th, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Of course I would love to come over, buy alas I have to work. I am bored too. and hungry. I made zucchini bread last night (It was YUMMY). and chocolate chip peanut butter cookies. and homemade green beans.

  31. on August 20th, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    Just popping by to say hello. I don’t like the heat of summer either…which is why I am scoping out the forecast before I commit to coming up for a weekend. Does it cool off here a little in September?! Cause August has been downright miserable…but Ihave enjoyed the rest of this summer. Compared to FL heat, this is almost tolerable (except this month).

  32. Dana said,

    on August 20th, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    A woman after my own heart. Lake water is ok, but the heat of summer is not. What is with people and sweat?

    Give me a quilt, a crackling fire and a light snowfall outside any day.

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