Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Alphabe Thursday - W is for ...


It's Thursday already! Time for my favorite class, Alphabe-Thursday. Mrs. Matlock has assigned the letter W this week. Don't be late for class, Mrs. Matlock is a stickler for punctuality!


It's summertime. It's hot. To borrow a phrase from Neil Simon, "it's Africa hot!". So naturally, the first W word I thought of was my favorite summer treat - Watermelon!

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Oh, the delights of a cold slice of watermelon on a sultry summer day. My daddy was the watermelon king. That man could find the best melon in a stack 5 feet tall. One year we had a family gathering at St. George Island Florida. We asked dad to bring the watermelon. He pulled up with the entire back of his pickup truck full of melons! There were alot of us, and we all love watermelon, but there was no way we were going to be able to eat all of them in a week. We had already eaten the majority of the melons. We made watermelon ice. We made watermelon salsa. We had watermelon seed spitting contests. We were out of ideas! So my brother and DH decided to have a watermelon basketball game. They placed the garbage can under the second story balcony, and, well, you probably get the picture. Did you know that a splatting watermelon can travel a LONG way? I think it's one of those physics things that I forgot to pay attention to :)

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Here's a hint. Don't park a white truck anywhere near the site of a watermelon drop! And someday I'll tell you the peach story. Oh, and the time we asked dad to bring the beer!

Hope you enjoyed my choice for W this week. Stop by and visit the links, this should be an interesting week. Now I'm going to go have some watermelon! Did I mention that it's really, really hot?

30 comments:

Sarah said...

Cute! I always had Watermelon Week the last week of school when I was teaching. All the text books and library books had been turned in for counting so I created a week full of activities that centered around watermelons. It was a fun week and the students loved it. We always ended the last day with eating the watermelon and having a seed spitting contest. :-)
Glad they didn't think of the basketball idea. LOL
Stay cool ~ Sarah

The Muse said...

Seeds...I will forever recall watermelon seeds...we had spitting contests, ok, not very ladylike, LOL
but I was there, participating with gusto...and you know what? I wasn't too bad!

WOW Kat, I have not thought about that for the longest time :)
Great fun post!

Debbie said...

I love watermelon...and they are so good and refreshing this time of year.....cute W post!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Cute watermelon post. I am probably only one of a few that don't really love watermelon. I don' know why, but I am just not crazy about it like most people. Now I love cantalope especially a good sweet one.

Tracy said...

I love watermelon but only eat when hot and as that seldom happens here I seldom eat watermelon thank you for sharing

The Quintessential Magpie said...

LOL! Loved this story, Kat! And watermelon = a good thing!

XO,

Sheila :-)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

My guys would eat the watermelon before it could be thrown.

Mumsy said...

I love water melon, and what a fun post. I can imagine the water melon drop..

My name is PJ. said...

MWAHAHAHA! Men after my own heart! That's the kind of 'experiment' I would do.


The same kind of thing I did when I was a kid and got in trouble for.

MWAHAHAHAHA!

Theresa said...

Watermelon sounds so refreshing! Great post and pics!

Cheryl said...

My dad used to grow watermelons. Oh man are they great just off the vine. I think I love your father and his theory of overabundance.

Jenny said...

Ssssh....don't tell your Mom but I think I love your Dad! He sounds wonderful! And how can you not fall in love with a feller that can find perfect melons?

What a fun stop on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday's letter "W".

The white truck comment made me laugh for sure.

I loved your link this week.

Thank you for sharing it!

A+

Lois said...

I might have to buy a watermelon this weekend after reading your post! This reminds me of how my Dad used to float watermelons in his pool for my kids when they were little. He always let them fish the melons out and drop them on the pool deck, busting them open. The kids would eat them right there and then jump back in the water!

Tina said...

We love watermelons around here, too. I usually keep some cut up and ready to go for my boys to grab as a snack. Eaten outside, of course! I will not be sharing the basketball idea with them, though :-)

Riet said...

Great w word. I love watermelons

laterg8r said...

watermelon, yum! we used to see how far we could spit the seeds :D

Sue said...

Great story! That watermelon drop would be very popular with our crowd. Very.

My husband is also a foolproof watermelon selecter. And I do LOVE a good watermelon!

=)

Jo said...

i love watermelons ... so yummy & sweet and so summery!

Viki said...

I love watermelons but we haven't bought any this year yet. When you find a ripe one it's almost like a little bit of heaven. Great W post.

Jingle said...

love it,
thank you for sharing!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Kathy Sweetie...
Oh thank you so much for stopping by and saying hello. I am thrilled you love the gerbera daisies and my new header. I decided it was time to start decorating for the 4th of July. I am a seasonal kind of gal. As I can't go outside, I might as well do something inside to decorate.

I have to tell you I laughed and laughed at this story. I too love watermelon. In Oklahoma they have the best watermelons called Black Diamond. They are more of a round watermelon but the juiciest and sweetest you will ever taste. Now I would like to hear the story about what Daddy pulled up with in his truck the time he was supposed to bring the beer. I feel another cute story coming on here. Love it.
And I can't wait to hear the peach story. Soon? Please.

I go back to see the doc on July 9th and he will make a decision as to whether or not I can be released to go back to work, and be released to be outside again. This week I started working from home. I have slept at night. It has played me out but in a good way.

Thank you for your prayers, love and concern. It means a lot to me. Have a beautiful weekend sweetie. Many hugs and much love back at you...Sherry

Christy said...

Watermelon sprinkled with salt is summers sweetest food! Love the melon toss! Too funny!

H said...

Bother - so I'm sitting here roasting hot, and all I can think about now is how I sooo want to eat watermelon, but we have none in the house. Grrrr.

Cranberry Morning said...

I hate the new, seedless variety of watermelons. What's the point??! :-)

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What a great story Kathy. Your Dad must have been so much fun. laurie

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

haha! I love that your dad did more than supply a few choice watermelons! Wow! and goodness...watermelon basketball???

Blessings & Aloha!
(I am intrigued to hear about the peaches...)

Melinda Cornish said...

I havent had any watermelon yet this new summer! Boy, does this make me want some....i love it!

Shellbelle said...

{{{laughing!!!!}}}

I could just picture your family's shenanigans and couldn't help but to laugh. It reminded me of the comedian Gallagher, do you know who he is? He used to smash watermelons on stage. Lucky for the first few rows in the audience, they were given a long plastic sheet to avoid the mess. So funny and he grew up in Tampa Bay. I used to go see him in California and then one day he showed up at a restaurant I was working at in Florida.. Nice guy and so funny!

Lori E said...

Oh that melon looks so good. I have one on the counter but I don't have room in the fridge right now so I can't cut it. Soon, soon.

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