Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Ten Reasons to Enjoy Summer {for those of us who love winter}

Brilliant sunshine and warmth streams in my window, welcoming me to another mid-summer day. The thermometer declares eighty degrees and promises a significant increase before the day is nigh. A wolf spider waits for his breakfast on my window screen, and a bumblebee buzzes lazily around my rose bushes.

I know this sounds good to a lot of you.


But summer is my least favorite season. I know I’m in the minority here, but I don’t like heat or bright sunshine or bugs. Unfortunately, it can be too easy to focus on the negative and get grumpy. But that doesn’t benefit anyone and is, in fact, unbiblical.


So, I thought a list of what is good about summer might help those of us who prefer another time of year be less grouchy during this necessary season. J


Air conditioning. God bless the man who invented it.

Fruit in season. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, peaches, nectarines…. Yummo!



Smoothies. Obviously, you can make fruit smoothies all year round, but they seem particularly tasty in the heat. 



Garden vegetables. The burst of tomato goodness in your mouth. A freshly sliced cucumber. Snap peas dangling gracefully on the vine.


Flowers. You don’t get such vivid hues in the winter…vivacious pinks, rich purples, dazzling yellows, ravishing reds. All the world’s a palette.


Cut flower arrangements. Mason jars adorned with fresh cuttings grace the family table.

The state fair. Horse demonstrations, baby chicks, 4-H exhibits, marching bands, pineapple whips, onion blossoms, the world’s largest cheese sculpture, funnel cakes.

Turtle doves nesting in the flower pot.



VBS/Children’s Church. My children look forward all spring to their week of special stories, songs, memorization verses, snacks, and prizes.

The expectation of fall. Well, I’m trying…. J








What’s your favorite part of summer? Any words of encouragement for those of us who prefer other seasons?




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39 comments:

  1. I live in Arizona, so don't like summer because it is just simply too hot! I am also a school teacher so my favorite thing about summer is the 6-7 week summer vacation I get every year which means summer get-a-ways and time with family.

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    1. Extended time with family is a definite plus, Deb.

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  2. Oh thank you for this! Summer is also my least favorite season, Winter is my favorite (although "Winter" here means less flowers, not none, less produce, not none, and temps of 60 degrees LOL).

    Here in our part of California it often reaches anywhere between 100-115! It makes the whole family grumpy, actually. I think our Scottish/Norwegian blood just can't take it. I've been trying to be thankful for the good things, air conditioning for one- I have a good friend down the way that has none. Every time I complain I try to think of her and how ungrateful I'm being. My little window units may not keep my entire house a perfect 72 degrees at all times, but at least it's not 100 in here!

    Anyway, I try to remember this, but today the heat just really threw us all for a loop and we all succumbed to grumpiness. This is a great reminder to stop complaining and be appreciative. Thanks :-)

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    1. Praise the Lord for window air conditioning units! Blessings to you, Evie!

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  3. Give me the warm weather not cold. I am so sensitive to cold weather. My fingers turn blue when I get too cold. It is not pleasant to be cold at all. Fall is depressing to me because everything is dying. SPRING is my favorite because it all comes back and is so beautiful and fresh.

    Charlotte Moore

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    1. We'll need to do another list in fall and winter then, Charlotte, of reasons to enjoy those seasons. :) And I agree...spring is beautiful.

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  4. The produce! We never get fresh veggies or fruits in our area except for summer time. I love the smell of a summer rain and the smell of fresh cut grass. The lightning bugs to catch! Some folks call them fireflys. Some folks don't even have them! You gotta have lightning bugs. The stars in a black summer sky out in the middle of nowhere...perfection. Any day where it's NOT 100 degrees lol Those are good in my book.

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    1. The smell of a summer rain is wonderful, Val. Good point! I didn't list them in any particular order, but the fresh fruits and vegetables would be at the top of the list. I love any kind of berry, and you just can't get good ones any other time of the year.

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  5. Not a summer girl at all! I love fall and winter though here in Texas we don't have the traditional seasons. Summer last well into October here. Most of the time we don't get to the 70's until November. I stay in a lot here and any outdoor activity is out of the question unless water is involved. I do agree the a/c is a wonderful invention dont believe me just go three weeks without one down south in the summer. Ok no more negative lol Just so happy to meet someone that dislikes summer!

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    1. Winter lovers unite! :) The children and my husband have hats that they soak in water before they put them on. Then, the cool water drips down their backs when they're outside. Sun protection and a cooling drip.

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  6. Air conditioning is my favorite. ~smile~ I also like swimming in the creek.

    I enjoy your blog.

    Laura
    Harvest Lane Cottage

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    1. That would be another good one for the list -- swimming or wading in a creek. I have fond memories of catching crawdads, but, come to think of it, they're best left as memories. No reenactment needed. :)

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  7. Great list!!

    As an adult, I finally figured out one reason I never "loved" summer--huge change in routine! Apparently despite my "spontaneous" side, I feel more "comfortable" with routine. But once I figured this out, it was easier for me to deal with. :)

    Most of my life I've been in hot, pretty humid summers--MO & IN. Now, I am very blessed to have moderate, dry-ish summers (high altitude in the Black Hills). This year has been especially good (mostly 70s and 80s!!!) and especially welcome because we are having to camp because of my illness.

    Oh, and we like to freeze our extra fruit for smoothies. We toss it into a blender about a hour or two ahead of time for it to thaw just a bit, blend it up, add cream or yogurt, and enjoy "half-frozen" smoothies! (They're like a milkshake.) YUM! :)

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    1. I see exactly what you mean about the routine or schedule disappearing. We're homeschooling through the summer this year with just a couple of short breaks, and we're all enjoying it. I think it's because we have a routine and not just two months of "What should we do next?" I'm glad you got that figured out! I've been in the Black Hills in August, and it's downright chilly in the evenings. Enjoy! :)

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  8. I love this post, and especially the title. The biggest thing I love about summer is how much my boys enjoy it :) I am definitely a fall and winter girl. I even love to see the world come back to life in the spring...but I don't love the oppressive heat, humidity, bugs, etc. of the summer.

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    1. I always thought you loved summer, Crystal, because of how many pictures you post of your boys outside. You're a great mom, getting out with them!

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  9. Wonderful things to be grateful for. I am right with you on air conditioning and smoothes. I love the Fall and Spring, but as am a teacher, I spend much of that indoors with lots of children. Not a bad thing, just can't enjoy being outside in the air. So I do enjoy the relaxing days of summer. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. Every season does have its' benefits. It's just a matter of focusing on the positives and not the negatives. Thanks for visiting, Donna!

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  10. Thanks Meghan, this is such an inspiring post and wonderful to see how you are able to be thankful for your blessings even when you are not in your favourite season. Love your heart.

    I linked here from 1-minute Bible Love Notes and thought you might want to link this post at the linkup I host called Essential Fridays.

    www.essentialthingdevotions.com

    I'm sure my readers would love to see this!

    Blessings.

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    1. Thank you, Mel. I'll hop over there right away! :)

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  11. Hi Meaghan! I am visiting from 1-minute Bible Love Notes.

    You know, summer is not for everyone, so God created four seasons!! I happen to love summer, but that's because I have air conditioning. In summers past, when we didn't have it, I would literally cry at night because I couldn't sleep. I am such a baby!! I needed to read your post and calm down :)

    So nice to 'meet' you!

    Happy Friday!
    Ceil

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    1. I think I would cry at night as well, Ceil, without AC! I'm so glad this post was helpful to you. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  12. Good post though I tend to disagree {GRIN} as I just brought my laptop out on my porch and I sat down to read your post in the heat!! The air-conditioning was getting to me!! Your pictures are beautiful and I have been saying that the same people who complain about winter and being tired of it are the first ones to dislike the heat. Having lived where there is one season, summer, I appreciate the changes of seasons.

    Thanks for linking up with me over at WholeHearted Wednesdays.

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    1. That's another reason to enjoy summer, Judith. It makes us appreciate the other seasons. And I wish I did enjoy it more. I love the idea of porch sitting with iced tea, etc., but at 94 degrees today I know I wouldn't last long. Wouldn't life be boring if we were all alike? :)

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  13. I am soooo with you! The best thing about summer is that it means fall is coming next! :) Some people tend to get winter depression but I'm the opposite---I do my best to battle it in the summer!

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    1. Hobby Lobby has all their fall decor out and on sale. Maybe a visit there will perk you up, Sarah. :)

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  14. Oh, my, I am SO a sunshine and air girl, and even though I live in the very warm and humid state of South Carolina, we're so well airconditioned here that the heat is more a matter of inconvenience than anything else. We've learned to plan our outdoor time early and late in the day, after a thunderstorm (a daily occurance), or during a rare cool spell. This summer has been exceptionally unusual. We haven't even broken 95 yet this year -- wooo hooo! And I am very solar powered -- another reason to love the summer. Thanks for a smile today. Yours was a fun, 1,000 Gifts type post :)

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    1. If we were solar powered, it would definitely make the list. So glad you enjoyed the post, Lori! :)

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  15. I didn't know there was anyone else who felt this way as well! I don't like the heat of summer, and I am a mosquito and poison ivy magnet. Ugh, I am nearly counting the days until fall begins, as it's the beginning on my favorite times of the year!

    Monica @ theatypicalhousewife.com

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    1. It would be way too easy for me to write a post listing all that I don't like about summer, but that wouldn't help my attitude. Try to stay positive, Monica -- Hobby Lobby has all their fall decor out already! :)

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  16. My favorite part of the summer is--the end of it! I love Fall, and I live in New England where autumn is gorgeous no matter how many times you've seen it.

    I enjoyed your post, and need to make a list of positives for myself. The heatwave that just left us was brutal.

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    1. I would LOVE to take a trip through New England in the fall. The pictures I've seen are absolutely breathtaking! Stay positive, and many blessings to you! :)

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  17. My favorite part of summer is enjoying the bright and beautiful sunlight and all the lovely flowers and pretty trees. I prefer winter because cool weather is nice and winter clothing is my favorite, yet during the summer we can be thankful for the beautiful sunlight and organic fruit available at stores. We can also rejoice for times spent taking walks before it gets dark because it is cooler outside then and we get exercise and have a joyful time being outside.

    Emma Joy
    www.babypinkroses.blogspot.com

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    1. Lots of good reasons, Emma. Thanks for adding to the list!

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  18. What a great list. I will fully admit I love each and every season. Summer I enjoy since things slow down around here. We take the summer off from schooling, no extra-curricular activities that we HAVE to go to. Then again I am always itching for the fall season to come on. LOL

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    1. Well, there's always something to enjoy and something to look forward to, Sherri. Great position to be in! :)

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  19. Running around with next to nothing on. Okay, I don't run around in a bikini, but it sure is nice to pull on my khaki shorts and a button down (either short sleeved or the sleeves rolled up), a short sleeved polo shirt, or even a sleeveless shirt and shoes with no socks.

    In the winter, I have a tank top on under my blouse, a blazer and/or a cardigan and a coat with jeans and my feet in two pairs of socks (on a "warm" day) and boots. Not only do I have to worry about my coat, gloves and scarf, but that of my children as well. Way too much extra stuff to haul around in addition to the diaper bag and other stuff.

    Also, in the summer I walk two to four miles a day and in winter, I become a lethargic lump, too frozen to want to emerge from my blanket (while wearing sweats, a Tshirt and a sweatshirt) to make a pot of coffee.

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    1. I'm glad you don't run around in a bikini, Laura. :) But you do have a good point -- it's just easier to get dressed in the summer without all the layers. Thanks for commenting!

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  20. Winter's my favorite too, and I just about die during the Summer....and have always let everyone know it. lol I am determined this year to be quiet and try and foster new feelings of appreciation for Summer. So I appreciate your sentiments and have and will continue to ask the Lord to help me. :)

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