It’s mid July, another 100+ degree day with high humidity and I am officially ready to break up with summer.
I can’t believe I’ve previously made it through two pregnancies during summer months while living here in Missouri, although I do feel this summer is a little different with our weeks of record breaking high temperatures and drought conditions.
It’s harsh. It could be worse but man, this summer has been harsh.
I’m not much of a hot weather person anyway so it’s not unusual that I feel this way but with some willingness to find the brighter side of things, I thought it would be interesting to make some lists (I do love the lists!) and do a little comparison.
Good Things About Summer:
1. Sun is out – vitamin D! Spirits lifted, feeling good!
2. Longer days – could we actually have those extra hours we always wish for?
3. Popsicles and/or ice-cream can pass for a meal, usually lunch and a cold desert becomes almost necessary after dinner.
4. My summer uniform: flip flops – tank top – shorts/light skirt or sundress (I don’t think I’ve worn a real shoe in two months).
The Parts I Could Do Without:
1. Multiple showers & clothing changes per day because –
2. High humidity = non stop sweat. Sweaty clothes, never feeling clean. Sweaty underwear. Yes, I went there.
3. This also means, playing outside and going to the park becomes almost impossible and actually unsafe at times unless you’re swimming or playing in the water while also staying hydrated and my son is having none of that.
4. Toddler who will not nap but is up with the sun and has a hard time going to bed before it’s completely dark outside.
And now, just for my own cheering up!
Things I Love About Fall and Winter:
1. Soft, warm, cozy sweaters, scarves, socks and boots.
2. Cuddling under a warm blanket and reading or watching tv.
3. Cooking and baking – home made vegetable soup, chocolate chip cookies, crock pot dinners and warm garlic bread. (I know you can have these in the summer too but they usually don’t sound as good and it’s already way too hot in the kitchen for all that with the stove.)
4. The way the air smells in the fall, burning wood and fire pits, s’mores, knitting, brisk afternoon walks, early morning runs, driving with the windows down, sipping hot coffee to warm up.
I have to admit, that felt good just to write.
While we are finding some fun things to do here and there this summer, I am wholeheartedly looking forward to the seasons changing and cooler, shorter days ahead.
Are you having a good summer? What are your favorite things or are you looking forward to winter like me? How are you and your little ones staying busy and cool?