Compiling this list about things I’ll miss about summer was bittersweet because we’re at the end of August and this is when I get that feeling of melancholy that comes for me at the end of every August.

I had some small talk with a couple women in the laundromat last week. I’d gone in to wash my sleeping bag and a couple comforters. Both women were lamenting how warm it was and how they couldn’t wait for summer to end. I felt just the opposite. I was enjoying the heat and wishing it would bleed into November.

It’s not that I don’t find pleasure in the other seasons.

The vibrant colors of autumn leaves, apple picking, pumpkin spice wafting through the air, leaves crunching underfoot while hiking a wooded trail in the cool fall air.

Wintertime brings cozy moments with books, hot cocoa with a dollop of whipped cream, the sparkle of the holiday, how beautiful it is to walk in the quiet of freshly falling snow.

Hope springs eternal with Spring. All the really cold days and icy moments of winter are put to rest and in their place crocus, daffodils, tulips, the smell of the wet soil and all the possibility of new growth. Daylight begins to lengthen and if it’s spring, can summer be far ahead?

I like summer the best. For me, it feels like the easiest season. Even on the worst days of summer, when the humidity is raging, and temperatures are 90 plus, for me, it is a joy to simply sit under a large shady tree and take in…summertime.

So, here’s my partial list of things I’ll miss about summer:

 

  • Being Mostly Warm

    Yea, this is an actual photo of the temperature in my living room at my old apartment in Quincy. That’s Fahrenheit. I don’t care how hot it is, I love summer.
    Summer Warm

  • Driving With The Lid Off My Truck

    Summer truck

    Ain’t she a beauty!

  • Backyard Camping

    Summer Yard Camping

    My tent in my yard. It leaked this year. Gotta get a new one.

  • Wearing Fewer Pieces of Clothing

    Summer clothes

    Beach selfie!

  • Going Barefoot

    Summer feet

    I do wash my feet every night before I go to bed. (Good lord, these feet look like I’ve been embalmed!)

  • The Perfume of Freshly Cut Grass

    Summer grass

    Where the deer go to roam. That part of the lawn belongs to my awesome neighbors. My half does not look that green.

  • The Kaleidoscope of Flowers

    Summer flowers

    I grew these from one of those bags of wildflower seeds. So pretty.

  • Local Fruit and Vegetables

    One of my absolute favorite places for local produce.

  • The Verdant Trees

    This is a neighbor’s pear tree. Lovely.

    Summer trees

     

  • The Trill of Insects and Tree Frogs Into the Night

  • Open Air Concerts

    My friend John Parker and I went to see Joe Perry at the Leader Bank Pavilion this summer. Joe Perry rocked it up!

    joe perry

  • Random Outdoor Ice Cream Shops

    This place has CINNAMON SOFT SERVE!!!! And it’s close to me, in West Bridgewater!

  • Out On the Warm Water of a Pond, Paddleboarding

    I got this five years ago. Before I got my truck I didn’t have a way to transport it to the pond. Used it a couple times this year. Awesome!!

    Summer paddle

  • Early morning bike rides in just a tank top and bike shorts.

    Here she is, old faithful, on the back of my old jeep.

    bike jeep

  • Open Windows

    Looking out my window at summer flowers.
    Summer Window

  • The Longest Days

    One evening in August 2022. Taken in my back yard.

    Summer night

  • To Summer: I love you and I will miss you. Until next year....