What I Love About Summer and a Few Things I Could Do Without

Summer time is party time

Not that I have any say in what season it is, but once summer arrives, let me just welcome you to my favorite time of year.

Because summer always has me feeling the love.

Warm, sunny weather puts everyone in a party mood, no doubt about that—winter is all but forgotten and the fickleness of spring has settled down.

Even people whose lives don’t revolve around the school year feel the difference when summer comes around.

So allow me to share some of my favorite things about my favorite season, plus a few things I don’t really love.

Then it’s your turn.

These are some things I love

  1. Alllll that daylight. People can go ahead and bitch about the unnaturalness of daylight savings time, but I love me some 9 p.m. daylight.
  2. Porch sittin’.
  3. No socks.
  4. No carpool.
  5. Sleeping past six.
  6. Less laundry. (Again, all those damned socks in the winter.)
  7. Lightning bugs.
  8. The smell of Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen.
  9. Spending all day at the beach…
  10. Then pointing my chair west at dusk because being on the beach as the sun sets is truly glorious.
  11. Outdoor showers.
  12. Summer tomatoes. (And tomato sandwiches, ahhh.)
  13. Putting ice in my dry red wine.
  14. The sight of half the town standing around in the Dairy Queen parking lot.

And a few things I could very well do without—

  1. Sweating over my morning cup of Earl Grey, because even though I live in a very warm climate, I still want my tea in the morning. The A/C makes little difference ’round these parts.
  2. Those tiny sugar ants in the kitchen. Every summer I think I’ve got them beat, and every summer they prove me very, very wrong.
  3. And speaking of ants: fire ants. Good lort, if you’ve never experienced fire ants, just say a prayer of thanks right this second. And brace yourself if you ever move to the sub-tropics.
  4. Flies. I never see them come in, yet there they are.
  5. When the Piggly Wiggly cranks their A/C down to freezing.
  6. Hurricanes.

So enough about my druthers—how do you feel about summer?

Love it?

Ready to move to Norway till fall?

Rather live in Australia where it’s winter when we’re having summer?

p.s. The picture is of my kids a few years back—my daughter‘s in the front and her big brother is digging in the sand behind her. FYI, my daughter no longer looks anything like Buddha.


16 thoughts on “What I Love About Summer and a Few Things I Could Do Without”

  1. No socks for me, it is just too tough putting socks on my fat little feet! That plus wearing birks or crocs all summer long! Can you wear crocs to church Sunday morings?

    • I feel that way about sneakers—they’re so hot! I don’t know how people wear them in the summer.

      And I see no reason whatsoever the Lord would mind you wearing birks to church all summer long. As for the crocs, however, I may have to give the Lord a quick call about that based simply on the fact that I think you can do better, lol. Birkenstocks for the win!

  2. I love the berries!!!! I’ve been picking raspberries and blueberries for the past three weeks. The July blueberries are about to start. Yum! And the farmer’s market full of awesome produce. I can, as a vegan, eat fresh food to my heart’s content.

  3. While I don’t enjoy summer as much as I did when I was younger, I agree with the front porch sitting, long walks, fresh vegetables, summer clothes and swimming in the pool/beach with my grandchildren!
    Summer is a slower, more relaxed time unless we’re preparing for a hurricane! Looking forward to a week off from work and playing with the grandchildren!

    • I enjoy summer in a different way than when I was a child—now I know to savor the break since it’ll be gone before I know it. But remember how interminable summer seemed when we were children? And remember being bored? Wow, that never happens anymore!

    • Ah! In the summer of ’90, I got some white corn from a roadside stand that was the sweetest, most delicious corn I’d ever tasted—and though I’ve searched, I’ve never had any so good since.

  4. Ok you must live in the south or on East coast. My relatives live in Alabama and I am all about the lightin bugs. Tomato sandwiches are the bomb!!! He’ll make Mayo,salt and pepper. Yum!! Love your blog!

  5. I love lightening bugs, seedless watermelon, and grape soda. Why I associate grape soda with summer, but I do.

  6. I love sitting on the porch with friends or solo and eating cucumbers and tomatoes and that relaxed feeling I get after a day at the beach.
    Love your blog.


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