It’s Memorial Weekend! The kickoff to summer!
Picnics and BBQ‘s, flip-flops and short shorts, watermelon and lemonade. One of the best parts of Memorial weekend is our local community pool opens for the summer. 8:00 a.m. on Saturday the race is on to be the first in the pool. Moms have a free babysitter for youngsters over 12 and an energy burner for those under. It’s the summer hangout for teenagers and an outdoor tanning booth for the housewives of Santa Fe. Tri-athletes in training, adult swimmers exercising. You see everything – from bare bottom babies splashing around in the kiddies pool to the pursuit of the perfect cannon ball tidal wave. Sunburned cheeks to darkly tanned leather skin. Old men in speedos, old ladies in bikinis.
Malcolm and I swim laps in the evenings when the kids have been called home for dinner. 75 feet of clear blue water, heated to just above chilly. It’s the perfect time to unwind from work and cool down from a hot day. Most of the water brats have left, their forgotten pool toys and towels littered around the chairs and loungers to be found the next day. Those remaining are the serious swimmers, jumping in the pool for laps, leaving in their wet suits, a towel wrap over their neck.
The dogs know when they see our swim bags and beach towels, they are staying put, guarding the fort back home, except for Dog day. At the end of the summer and the chlorine has been diluted to a low enough level , its Paw Play at the Pool. Dogs of all sizes, shapes and breeds converge at the pool for their own brand of fun. And, it’s a wet time for all. Excited dogs jumping in the deep end chasing tennis balls, even more incited dogs barking at waves of water splashing at their paws. Once dry owners snapping pictures of their happy dogs. Total chaos. Pure mayhem. Wet dog everywhere.
HOMEMADE GEORGIA PEACH ICE CREAM
A perfect summer treat!
- 2-3 lbs. fresh peaches, peeled, pitted and chopped
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 pint half & half cream
- 2 (14oz) cans sweetened condensed milk
- 3 tbsp. Kahlua (or more)
- 2 cups whole milk
- rock salt
- ice (per manufacturer’s instructions)
Puree chopped peaches with the sugar and cream in the blender or food processor.
In a gallon ice cream freezer container, mix together the peach mixture, sweetened condensed milk and Kahlua. Pour in enough whole milk to fill the contain to the fill line. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to freeze the ice cream.
“Yeah! babee!” Malcolm exclaims……. p.s. Malcolm’s from Georgia!