My Favorite Sound of Summer

I have waited all summer for the cicadas to start doing their thing! Well, they’re noisy little critters tonight. It is my favorite sound of summer in the Ozarks. I wish I could capture their songs and post it right here. But cicadas may annoy you.

Summer night

I mentioned something on Facebook about the start of cicada season, and folks from all around told me so much about them! I had no idea that mentioning the cicada would create such interest. I personally had insomnia because I stayed up that night learning all about them. For example, did you know that the cicada can live 17 years? Have you ever heard that once you hear the cicada, it will be 100 days until the first frost? Well, neither did I! Cicadas also live all over the world and are mentioned in the Bible. I have some very, very smart Facebook friends.

Question: Do you have a favorite sound of summer? Let us know what it is here.

A Snack Stop at Persimmon Hill Farm

My main man Phil and I couldn’t resist the gourmet Blueberry Thunder Muffins at Persimmon Hill Berry Farm in Lampe, MO. Delicious. Ever been there?


The drive down to Lampe winds through the Ozarks countryside, along the highway connecting Branson, Missouri and Eureka Springs, Arkansas. It was such a beautiful summer day for a short getaway! Such a fun experience. We picked berries, then enjoyed the FRUITS of our labor with a taste test.

And don’t even get me started on the muffins. All I will say is, if you haven’t had the fortune of tasting a Persimmon Hill jam, jelly, sauce, spread, or baked item, I HIGHLY recommend it. We’ll be doing it again soon.

Question: Where do you go for a short getaway? Tell us about it here.