Hot time, summer in the city

Published 4:03am Saturday, July 5, 2014

For the first time in more years than I can remember, last week I actually took an entire week of vacation. Even more surprising, I truly didn’t do more than a few minutes of “work” while off. I forwarded a few emails, responded to a few others and made note of a few story ideas to look into when I returned to the office.

Thanks to the cold/bronchitis that’s still tenaciously hanging on, I achieved very little of what I hoped to while I took a few days off. I did wash my car, we entertained our granddaughter for several hours Wednesday and we trekked to north Alabama Thursday for a quick visit with Amber and her hubby, Chris.

I even managed to get rid of a few random boxes and some unnecessary junk that had collected in the carport. I do wish I had gotten more done, but it apparently just wasn’t to be this time.

Basically I took a lot of naps, read a dozen or so books and was generally useless. It was nice that the temperatures weren’t quite as oppressive that week – especially considering how terrible the heat and humidity were the week before and the week after.

Early mornings and late evenings were tolerable for sitting outside and watching and listening to all of the birds. And, the hours of daylight right now are the very longest of the year which is always great. Got to love the long days.

I hope everyone had a safe Fourth of July yesterday and you all continue to do so the remainder of this holiday weekend. There were lots of opportunities to enjoy food and fireworks yesterday, so if you missed out it was your own fault!

There will be additional entertainment coming up around Wetumpka the next couple of weekends as well. Toulouse Fest will be held July 12 at “the Forts” with arts and crafts vendors and music in a relaxed atmosphere.

Then on July 19, there will be a ton of bands, vendors, children’s activities and more in downtown Wetumpka as River and Blues returns for the third straight year. Where else can you hear 14 different bands for free?

Y’all should get up, get out and enjoy the things going on around here!

I’m sure I will see some of you at one event or another. You know you’re ready for some “hot time, summer in the city.”

Until next week … and bless your hearts.


Peggy Blackburn is managing editor of The Wetumpka Her­ald and Elmore County Weekend. She can be reached at 334-567-7811. Her email address is

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