The last few days our temperatures have finally started to creep up into the upper 90's and we will probably cross the 100 degree mark over the weekend. It feels like July, finally. We've had a cooler than normal spring that lingered over into early summer; the temperature gradually crept into highs in the lower 90's and surprisingly stayed there. Now, no one complains about that kind of weather, but now that the hot weather is upon us everyone is almost welcoming it as a sign of normality. In addition, we've actually had a little rain that has been wonderful except that it did bring the mosquitos. There's nothing like trying to hold the garden hose in one hand and slap the mosquitos with the other to make you feel like it's summer.
Several weeks ago I got an e-mail from one of the many quilting supply distributors that I like to shop from. It reminded me that there were only so many days until Christmas and the time to start my Christmas projects was now; Christmas in July it told me. Really, I thought. I don't need that kind of reminder. I had a quick vision of the many unfinished and un-started Christmas projects that are stored away in my unused sewing room. They are all things I want to make and have honest intentions of finishing, but not at the present time. Not for Christmas 2014 anyway. The twins just turned 3 and I still need to finish their Christmas stockings and hope that will happen this year. But anything else will not happen, not even the beautiful tree skirt that just needs to be basted and quilted. I deleted the e-mail.
Then a short time later I got another e-mail from another quilting supply distributor. This one was reminding me that July is the time to get started on my fall and Halloween projects. I did take a few minutes to look at the tempting fabrics - pumpkins, leaves, and cute little novelty prints with little black cats. I could just feel all that fabric under my fingers. Hmmm, I think I have a few fall projects under way and stored away, too. What about that cute print of Halloween cats that I was going to stitch into a wall hanging or the one with the appliqued pumpkins on the fence that I abandoned because the fence wasn't straight enough to suit me? Oooooh, I thought. But I quickly came back to reality. Really? Do you really think there is enough time to make anything for Halloween this year. E-mail deleted.
But now I know it really is July because the football camps are starting up. A week from this Sunday is the opening of pre-season professional football. I know, it is only pre-season and it's the Hall of Fame game, etc. etc. But it is football and soon summer and the heat will be over and then it will be fall. Until then, I know it is July because it is almost 10 p.m. and it is 90 degrees outside.