the start of summer

May 27, 2013 |  Category:   life



Well, the weather didn’t cooperate this weekend. Far from it. Another lost market day from unbelievably windy and wet weather. Now that we are business owners, we can’t help but look at most things with that lens. An empty beach on Memorial Day weekend means that the state parks and the towns surrounding it aren’t earning revenue on one of the busiest weekends of the year.


The weather on Sunday was deceiving. The rain had passed and the sun emerged, but the wind was wild enough to make spending any amount of time outside unpleasant. The girls insisted we go to the beach anyway despite our warnings that it might be too windy. We got there and lasted all of 10 minutes, quickly understanding why the beach was completely empty; the wind was tossing sand and broken sea shells bits against our skin. The girls offered to pay us back the $10 parking lot entrance to the beach, each offering up $5 from their piggy banks since it was at their insistence that we come. We told them that it wasn’t a waste, explaining that the state parks needed the money since they were most likely losing money that day.


The weekend was salvaged by a beautiful day on Monday, but let’s hope that June (June! Already!) brings us better luck. Hope your start to the summer was grand.

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  • Melissa@Julia's Bookbag May 28, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Happy beginning of summer to you Miss Jenna! Hope the weather cooperates with you a bit more. Your photos are magical, as always.

    • Jenna May 29, 2013 at 8:49 am

      I think it’s supposed to be near 90 degrees by week’s end! Yikes!

  • Helle (Helen) May 28, 2013 at 3:40 am

    Weather not cooperating here as well, as a keen birdwatcher I am also often worrying about the weather, wet, cold and windy is just useless. So sweet of the girls to offer to pay back the fee, you have some mighty thoughtful kids, it sounds like.

  • kelly May 28, 2013 at 4:12 am

    Same here in London…still have my winter coat on in late May, we had hailstone last week and heavy rain today. I want to cry…..come on sun!!!!

  • Nancy May 28, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    I’m slowly coming to terms with the fact that we can no longer depend on certain weather at certain times of the year. We were supposed to go camping this past weekend, but with rain and temps in the 30s at night, it was a wash. Oh well. Like you said, the parks could use the money anyway. BUT the rain has proven to be good for my first attempt at vegetable gardening, so there’s that!

    • Jenna May 29, 2013 at 8:50 am

      Good luck with your garden Nancy!

  • lori May 28, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Ack, its the same over here on the west coast. Crazy winter rains, cold cold cold. We were trying to swim outside at the pool just to force some summer spirit but jumping into water on cool day took a lot of mind over matter. Hopefully sun comes soon!

  • JPB May 28, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Your kids are great!

  • Kiana May 29, 2013 at 2:39 am

    Oh those girls are too cute. They sound like very responsible young ladies. I´m sorry you didn´t have a good time at the beach. I lived in Miami as a child so I´m more than familiar with rainy days killing the going to the beach idea. When my sisters and I were little, we acted like we were going to the beach anyway while we camped in our living room. We brought snacks (oranges and cheese sandwiches), we brought magazines or novels, towels, etc and sat around with cucumber slices on our eyes, and painting our nails and toenails. We were a nutty bunch.

    • Jenna May 29, 2013 at 8:50 am

      aw, that sounds cute.

  • Amanda May 29, 2013 at 3:24 am

    Same here in the south if france……our wine markets have been rained out more often than not this spring and the lack of tourists is strikingly obvious. Seams like very unsure times for small business owners ( big business seams to be flourishing?)
    Good on you for enjoying whats important in life, your kids, a moment in the elements and the importance of supporting something as precious as the national parks. I am so often inspired by your blog and point of view.
    I am crossing my fingers for june!

    • Jenna May 29, 2013 at 8:51 am

      Thanks for the nice note, Amanda. Yes, very hard on business owners and so sorry to hear about the wine markets. Crossing our fingers for june, too.

  • Robyn June 9, 2013 at 2:39 am

    So glad I’ve found my way to your lovely blog.