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Ann Cannon: Harvesting summertime lessons

By Ann Cannon

Tribune columnist

First Published Aug 18 2014 09:53 am • Last Updated Aug 20 2014 02:18 pm

I looked at my calendar today (I do that occasionally) and realized that summer is almost over, which means it’s time to make up my list of 35 things I learned and relearned over the past three months.

1. It’s hard to believe all those tiny seeds and seedlings you planted in the spring can turn into corn and tomatoes and melons.

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2. Speaking of which, it’s a whole lot more satisfying to plant a garden than it is to weed one.

3. Also, farmers markets are awesome. But seriously — why do people take their dogs? Do dogs really enjoy shopping for produce?

4. When the corn is on, you should eat it three times a day. Same goes for peaches. Tomatoes, too.

5. Running barefoot on grass makes you feel like a kid again.

6. So does riding a bike. Especially downhill.

7. You should sleep underneath the stars at least once every summer.

8. Yeah, it’s hot here in July. But I now know from direct personal experience that it’s hotter in Houston.

9. Here’s something else I learned while visiting my son and his family in Houston — the Blue Bell ice-cream factory relies on the milk of 60,000 cows DAILY to produce its ice cream.


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10. Dude. That’s a lot of cows.

11. Summer is the best time to acquire and housetrain a brand new puppy. Keep up the good work, Sophie and Jake!

12. Summer evenings in Salt Lake City would be perfect if I could only hear an ocean outside my window.

13. Although the sound of crickets in the evening is pleasant night music, too.

14. It’s a sweet, sweet experience to participate in the weddings of children you watched grow up.

15. Let it also be said that other people’s weddings are always more fun than yours was.

16. Does it make me sound as old as Homer Simpson’s father when I say that I miss my programs ("Person of Interest," "The Good Wife," "Brooklyn 99") during the summer months?

17. Thank heaven for the Broadway Theater during the summer — and all year round.

18. The sad part about finishing a truly great book — besides finishing it — is that the next book (no matter how good it is) is bound to disappoint you.

19. Everybody should drive to Wyoming with my mother, aka "the Rodeo Queen," and listen to her talk about growing up in Big Piney.

20. Eating ice cream is mandatory.

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