Mother Nature and her four seasons….well, sometimes there are four. Here in North Texas we tend to skip one or two occasionally. This year our sping lasted about two days. It seemed to go from winter straight into summer. One day I was shivering and the next I was burning up. Although summer is not officially here in the U.S. until June 20th, it’s arrived early it seems. Yesterday it hit 101 and that’s not the first time this year. Yikes!
Crazy weather is not uncommon for us. We should be accustomed to nature going haywire and doing its own thing. One minute it might be bright and sunny and next cold and rainy. Mostly though it’s just hot!
As a side note and for the record, my favorite season of all is fall. I love the colors of the leaves and the smell of burning wood in the fireplace on cool nights. Fall is perfect for me.
Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of things I do like about summer. I absolutely love the fruits and melons and fresh garden vegetables. I can just about eat my weight in ripe sweet watermelon. Oh man, that’s good stuff! I can make a pretty good dent in luscious okra, squash, eggplant, and corn too. When I have those around I don’t need meat. In the summer I turn into a regular vegetarian. There’s nothing better than a crispy salad and its light on your stomach when the days climb into the triple digits and kill your appetite.
I cook on the grill quite a bit to keep from heating up the kitchen and making the A/C work overtime. Grilled burgers, steaks, and pork chops are heavenly! Vegetables are especially succulent when grilled over an open fire. Yum!
Gorgeous summer flowers brighten up everything with their beauty and fragrance. I think flowers are God’s special gift to us. They remind us that life goes on no matter if we think (and want) everything to stop when we lose someone very special to us. But it doesn’t. It can’t. Life is a continuing circle. It’s kinda like a train with people constantly getting on and off but the locomotive stays on its path. Flowers remind me that everything has a life cycle. This year I planted a patch of vinca, marigolds, and purple petunias and they brightened my world.
Summer means vacation time for some families, a time to kick back and take it easy for a little while and recharge our batteries. There are lakes and swimming pools, boating or just floating around on a raft being lazy as all get out and sipping on something cold. I can defnitely do the lazy part! In fact, you might say I’m expert at it. When my husband was alive we had a lake cabin and spent most of our summers there on the water beneath the bluest Texas sky you’ve ever seen. I have fond memories of those times. I even learned to water ski after my three kids took to it like mice to cheese. I thought I’d swallow half the water in the lake before I finally mastered the art. But I learned and I was quite proud of myself. After all, things aren’t easy to get the hang of when you’re in your forties and trying to figure them out! I loved that lake house though. Have so many treasured moments spent there. This photo is a picture of the house on Lake Kemp.
On the flip side of all this good stuff is the fact that summer heat can drain every bit of energy from you before you can bat an eye. That’s the part I hate more than anything. The heat and I are not friends, plain and simple. And think of doing yard work under the sweltering sun! Mowing the lawn, mulching, and weed-pulling. Heaven help! That’ll kill you.
Then, what about those pesky mosquitoes, ticks and wasps! I can sure do without them.
I guess everything has it’s good and bad side. We can’t expect to partake of only the good without paying the price in some fashion.
What do you love and hate about summer? How do you spend it? Is it your favorite season?
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