Tag Archives: summer fun

Dining Al Fresco

Have a summer picnic

Go grab your lemonade

Find a spot in the shade

Spread your blanket

There’s food in your basket

Perhaps, chicken, fresh bread

Or fruit and cheese instead

Something tasty

A chance to take a break

Gentle breeze and fresh air

Nothing else does compare

To relaxing

©2022 Annette Rochelle Aben

Cooler Than a Pool

Thank you to Charli Mills for her great 99-word flash fiction prompt this week. It brought back this memory of when a pool was cool, but a float was cooler! For those who might not understand the references, a Boston Cooler is an ice cream float made with vanilla ice cream and a healthy pour of Vernors (made in Detroit) ginger ale. Be sure to check out the weekly fun when you hang out at the Carrot Ranch

Mom banished all the kids from the pool when she wanted to use it. In fact, she didn’t even want us in the backyard while she relaxed. She turned the radio to her favorite station, donned her sunglasses, and floated on her blow-up raft.

That worked for us! We enjoyed having access to the kitchen when she wasn’t around. One of us grabbed the glasses. Another found the long, skinny iced tea spoons, and I gathered the goodies.

Two scoops of vanilla ice cream topped with cold Vernors ginger ale. She floated her way, and we floated our way!

©2022 Annette Rochelle Aben

Good Humor


We heard

It coming

How far away

Can we find our cash

How long had it been since

We bought ice cream from a truck

Once out there, we were not alone

The neighbor and her two kids were there

And everyone got something on a stick

©2021 Annette Rochelle Aben

tan lines

Back in our carefree youth

We laid on sheets of foil

Covered in baby oil

Courting the sun

©2021 Annette Rochelle Aben

curb appeal


What to toss away

What to put in the yard sale

Long ago treasures

Someone else will choose

If they can live without it

Someone else’s trash

©2016 Annette Rochelle Aben