10 Worst Things About Summer

21 Jul

We are halfway done with summer…actually, more than halfway done.  We’ve had some great weather (here in Chicago) as well as some not-so-great weather.  Some pretty horrible storms, but also some days where you wake up and realize just how happy you are to be alive and live in Chicago…best city in the world.  There’s something about summer, with tanned skin, lightened hair, sunshine, rainbows when it rains, outdoor activities, BBQ’s with friends, Cubs games, that makes it really unbecoming to complain about summer.  In the winter we can complain about the cold, the ice on the roads, the lack of sunshine, the grumpiness of those who are stuck inside, that make it more acceptable to complain.  Though, it’s not always becoming to complain, but it does happen.  So, I was tickled when someone sent me this article, which was from last year about the 10 Worst Things About Summer. 🙂

Enjoy!  My comments in RED.

10 Worst Things About Summer from Pure Wow

Have you ever noticed that it’s totally socially unacceptable to complain about summer? (It’s like saying you hate puppies…or Beyoncé.) Well, here at PureWow, we’re all about breaking taboos. Presenting, the ten worst things about everyone else’s favorite season.  I think Kate Middleton is so much more interesting and much more beautiful than Beyonce.  Of course Beyonce is lovely and talented, but all this “breaking the internet”?  I don’t get it. 

The 10 Worst Things About Summer

1. Sitting on a city bench in really short shorts.  Or sitting anywhere on a Bleacher.

The 10 Worst Things About Summer

2. Your coworker who’s trying natural deodorant.  I have Never understood the obsession with “natural deodorant”.  Which is an oxymoron, btw.  

The 10 Worst Things About Summer

3. Firing up the grill and realizing you’re out of propane. This has happened to us numerous times.  We solved this problem by forking out the cash to own 2 Propanes.  Then realized one Propane had the wrong attachment, so we couldn’t use it.  $60 down the drain, or taken to the land of Propanes that no longer work. 

The 10 Worst Things About Summer

4. Hot-dog legs.  The 2013’s called, they want these stupid pictures back.  

The 10 Worst Things About Summer

5. Discovering that “rustic cabana” means “unair-conditioned”.  Un airconditioned is the worst phrase, ever.  

The 10 Worst Things About Summer

6. That spot you missed on your lower back.  Tanning beds are Not good for you…

The 10 Worst Things About Summer

7. Walking outside and immediately getting pit stains. Light blue shirts (or dresses) are the absolute worst!

The 10 Worst Things About Summer

8. Beach traffic. Cubs traffic. 

The 10 Worst Things About Summer

9. Water parks. John Pinette’s bit on water parks, is one of the funniest comedic skits, ever.  

The 10 Worst Things About Summer

10. The sound of the ice cream truck. (Admit it: It’s driving you to an early grave.) I was leaving a fabulous event, given by Loews Hotels, and there was a Good Humor truck outside the hotel.  Nothing says Summer like an ice cream truck.  I don’t think one has ever been on Polo Dr. #FirstWorldProblems

Winners of the And You Get a Book Blog, will have their books being shipped today! No, I did not finish them all, so sending some even though I haven’t read. I thought I’d be able to read more than I have by now… Not so much!  Megan, Carol, Jane, Lee and Rita…Enjoy!

Hope you are having a great summer!  I know I am!





Source:  The 10 Worst Things About Summer | Permission granted to complain about the heat | PureWow National

Things Mentally Strong People Do

18 Jul


I try and emulate each and every one of these…with the exception of #5.  “They are willing to take calculated risks”.  Not so sure this describes me.  At all.  But it’s never to late to take a risk(s).  I may do, just that.

Have a terrific Tuesday!





Bleacher Bums

14 Jul

Once upon a time, I thought it would be fun to buy bleacher seats for a Cubs game.  I love the Cubs and I enjoy being able to sit down in a seat to watch the game.  Have a cup holder for my beer, have some leg room and not have to touch the person next to me with my legs.   You see where I’m going here.

We showed up at 1:15PM for a 1:20PM game.  Apparently this was 3 hours too late.  I guess we were supposed to show up 3 hours before game time, to wait in line  to get the good seats.  We barely showed up 3 minutes before game time.

This was Not us.

The deal with the bleacher seats is this:

  1. You do not have an assigned seat
  2. There are no backs on the seats
  3. People can spread out and use up 2 or 3 “seats”.  Four if they’re being super rude.
  4. There is “Security” who can help ask people to scoot over, but they really are no help.
  5. If you show up 3 minutes before the game, you basically do Not get to sit in the bleachers.

Here’s my gripe.  If I pay $80, per “seat”, I’d like a seat.  I realize that Bleachers do not have backs on them, so I’m forgiving them that.  But, really, Bleacher seats need to be assigned seating.  Or at least by section and row.  I believe there was assigned seating for the bleachers during the Playoffs and World Series.  Have I mentioned the Cubs won the World Series in 2016? 😉

Not sure why there are not assigned seats during the regular season.  Especially during a holiday week or on a Friday. I’m still puzzled by this.  I paid as much for these seats as I have for 300-level seats.  Those seats were actual seats.  With backs to them.  A place for my beer.  My knees did not touch the person next to me.  #Winning.

But we took one for the team (Pun intended) and made the most of it. Of course, starting the day with lunch with my #SoleSister was the best way to jump start our day.  And to be completely honest, we were able to sit down during lunch.  And have a few cocktails.  And sit down during lunch. 🙂



That’s my girl! 🙂  And boy.  And Zack.


Great view.

This is why I do not wear baseball hats.

Rooftops right behind us.  Taunting us.




Wrigley Field… Beautiful.

They actually sell nacho’s in a helmet.  No we did not order these but I’m intrigued that someone would.

At the end of the day, it was a Perfect day.  We decided to find an area and stand.  And you know, you can drink beer while standing and still watch the game?  Best. Day. Ever.  Oh yeah, the Cubs won! 🙂

It’s not too late to make this the Best. Summer. Ever.

Have a great weekend!



It’s a Seven Day Getaway Sale!

11 Jul


The big India Hicks sale starts today… 60 percent off on our entire Riviera collection. (3 colors: palm print, poppy red and rapeseed yellow).  Rarely, if ever, do I blog about India Hicks.  This must mean this is a Very big deal.  A Very Big Deal, indeed!

Riviera straw tote reg. $245 now $98 (it comes with 3 junkanoo tassels which alone are worth $96!)

Riviera duffle reg. $225 now $90
Riviera tote reg. $145 now $58
Riviera wash bag (Waterproof interior!) Reg. $68 now $27.20
Traveler’s palm scarf in grey reg. $58 now $23.20

Baby Riviera bag (great for charging cords/makeup) reg. $35 now only $14!

Think ahead…Great gifts for the year, teacher gifts and hostess gifts. Great for travel! (Kiddos love the duffle for sleepovers) I love it as a weekender.  I weekended with it this past weekend.

Quantities are limited and only while supplies last.  When they are gone.  They are gone.


Order here:




Comment on the blog is you need any assistance.  I have already received pre-orders from Lora, Carolyn and Jane.  Very smart ladies, getting their orders in early.  I was up at 2AM inputting their orders.

Be smart.  Be like Lora, Carolyn and Jane. They were sleeping while I was doing their ordering. 🙂

Hurry and grab as many of these goodies as you can as soon as possible.

Like a Riviera beach free of pesky tourists, this won’t last long – ’til 11:59 p.m. PDT on July 18th to be exact.

Happy Shopping!






Happy 4th of July!

3 Jul

A repost from a past Fourth of July post, with some edits, some additions and some subtractions.  🙂

4th of July Outfit Ideas

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4th of July Party Poppers



These are cupcakes, btw…with the frosting in the middle, as “condiments”.


Hot Diggity Dog Bar



S’mores Bar




Love the fruit tray, in Red, White and Blue, with the Fruit dip in White

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Red, White and Blue Sweet Trable… Where are the Twizzlers?!




I’m not a Sangria gal, but this does look yummy…and festive!

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And I have those exact glasses!  I am obsessed with this dessert!

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Super easy fruit kabobs!  My specialty, btw.

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Seriously, mason jars are the new black!

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Song of the Day: Soak Up The Sun, by Sheryl Crow.  Gearing up for Friday night with my #SoleSister #LoyalBlogFollower

I’m gonna soak up the sun
I’m gonna tell everyone
To lighten up (I’m gonna tell ’em that)
I’ve got no one to blame
For every time I feel lame
I’m looking up
I’m gonna soak up the sun
I’m gonna soak up the sun



Have a happy and safe 4th and God Bless America!!








To Do Lists Never Looked So Good

30 Jun




My new obsession for staying (or attempting to be) organized.  The Lilly Pulitzer To Do Planner.  Meredith got me hooked on the Lilly Pulitzer Agenda and I’m on year 4 of that and loving it.  Mine is Tusk in the Sun. While they start in August, they go through the following December.  Amazon or LillyPulitzer.com.  The 2017-2018 Planners will be out in August.  Can’t wait!!

My day got more Lilly, with my new To Do Planner! $25.00


We know there’s never enough time in the day for all the things on your list, but the To Do Planner is here to help you keep track of every shopping list, lunch date, and vacation itinerary. The hand painted cover art and gold details will keep you in a permanent sunny state of mind.

To Get; Top Priorities; Appointments; Calls and Emails; To Do.  Two full pages are dedicated to each day.

Even the back cover is cute.  I’ve chosen not to show one of my actual To Do pages, because I hate to frighten my few blog followers with my plans for world domination!  Or my scribble scratch handwriting.  Here’s a sneak peak at what today shall bring.  Edited, of course.  I mean, a girl needs to have some secrets. 😉

Terry’s To Do List – Friday, June 29

Walk Maxie

Check in with workers rebuilding my patio.  Provide beverages throughout day.  Be nice to people who work for you and they’ll be nice to you.  #WordsofWisdom


Chase 3 hotel contracts

Find hotel in Charleston that doesn’t have crazy contract terms

1045AM – Start the weekend

Brunch with Mer Mer

Costco – Food for holiday weekend.  And booze.  Lots of booze.  And wine.  And Stella.

Pick up cake to bring to Joy’s

Catch a few rays, if the sun is out…to get a base for Sunday.


Plan outfits for weekend and holiday week, including 2 Cubs games and Sheryl Crow Concert

Desperately trying to find this dress…and I’m not having success.  Thought would be super cute for the 4th.

Happy Hour!

Dinner, or no dinner…Options.

Hello Weekend!  Make it a great one!!  I will repost my 4th of July post from years past, because it’s a darned great blog chock-full of great Patriotic info!














Ways to make this the Best. Summer. Ever!

26 Jun

Have a great summer!