Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Top 10 Tuesday - Smells of Summer

The calendar tells us that summer starts in June. The calendar lies: summer starts on Memorial Day. So, in honor of the (not) official start of summer:

1. Cut grass. I'm not sure why this is such a good smell, but it is.

2. Charcoal grill. You can't beat a propane grill for convenience but nothing smells as good as a charcoal grill. Just driving through our neighborhood in the summer is enough to make my mouth water.

3. Watermelon. I've heard some folks say they don't like watermelon (crazy people, obviously), which is fine. That means more for me. Only my kids don't like it when I don't share. And, side note: have you seen the new "personal size" watermelons? What kind of a sick joke is that? I bought one the other day and my kids still insisted I share it with them. "Personal size" indeed.

4. Chlorine. It's a strong chemical smell, I'll admit, and I suppose you either love it or you don't. No difficulty guessing which of those categories I fit into.

Coppertone Waterbabies Sunscreen Lotion Pure & Simple, SPF 50, 8-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 2)5. Coconut.Or, more specifically, sunscreen. Now, confession time: I'm a fair skinned person so I am usually diligent to use sunscreen year round. But even at that, just the smell makes me think of summertime. On a not un-related note:

Banana Boat Aloe Vera Sun Burn Relief Gel, 16-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 3)6. Aloe Vera gel. I had some horrible sunburns as a kid and even now, as an adult, the thing I'm likely to reach for to relieve the burn is aloe in one form or another. Even better: an actual aloe plant. I used to have one but I, alas, didn't manage to keep it alive. Those things are awesome. (Note to self: buy another aloe plant.)

7. The Ocean. There's just something about that salty, tangy, sandy smell. (If you think sand is scentless, you've never been to the beach.)

8. Corn on the cob. With butter, of course.

9. Lemonade. With lots of sugar and ice.

10. Snowcones. Shaved ice. Whatever you want to call them, that syrupy smell goes hand in hand with summertime.

And don't forget baseball games, amusement parks, fresh picked berries, farmer's markets, and...yes, I could go on. But I won't. Because this post is linked to Top 10 Tuesday at Oh Amanda, not Top 100 Tuesday.


Karin said...

Sure agree with you on favorite summer scents! That personal size watermelon was perfect snack for hubby and me - but I do miss the seeds!

Elisabeth said...

Every time I put sunscreen on Hannah she says she loves the smell and it makes her want to go to the beach. And Ryan asks me about every day if we can go to the beach today....if only it was that easy!!

April said...

Yes, yes, yes to all on your list! And I, too, like the smell of chlorine. To me it says summertime swimming and since hotels usually smell like chlorine it makes me think of summer vacations as well. Great list.

Gina said...

I agree with all of your list! Such fantastic smells of summer! Smells that make a person wish summer were all year round!

ICStarzz said...

I agree with you on a lot of these! cut grass is one of my favorites!


Mama Bear said...

I love the cut grass, too! Another one of my favs is a tree that blooms every spring at the corner of the house. Since we don't have AC, the fans bring the scent into the house and fill the house with fragrance for a week or so every spring. Love it!

Vicky said...

Yep! Pretty thorough list! Love it!
AND, your watermelon picture is GREAT!!

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