Monday, September 16, 2013

Oh Summer, Where Art Thou, Summer?

by Kate Collins

I'm just a bit bummed today. Where I live, we had a dose of fall weather this weekend, and that makes me sad. I'm all about sunshine and warm temperatures and flowers -- of course -- and picking tomatoes and sitting outside in the evenings with neighbors -- and that is all about to stop because AUTUMN IS COMING. Yuck.

I don't think I'd mind it so much if it didn't mean that winter would follow, because I do love the fall colors.  Did I mention I'm all about sunshine and warm temperatures?

When I was raising my children, I didn't have time to dwell on the changing seasons. It wasn't until I lost my husband that the short days and long, lonely nights of cold weather really started to bother me. It's different when you're alone. That cozy feeling of being in a warm house on a snowy night disappears.

I know some of you love autumn and have no problem with winter -- and I envy you. Short days and long, dark, cold evenings do not make me happy. They make me want to hibernate. They make me want to sit instead of move, and that's not healthy.  It makes my jeans fit way too tight.  Why don't those cold, long evenings bother everyone? I want to know what it is about winter that some of you like. Give me something to hang on to besides the holidays.

Are you a summer or winter person? Or maybe you just simply aren't bothered by any season, and if so, I envy you, too! How do you manage?


19 comments:

barbiedor said...

I feel the same way. I love fall colors & watching our Iowa Hawkeyes football (on tv) since I live in a University town. But I dread fall, because winter is soon to follow. January seems 3 mos. long. I don't like tv much these days, so music, candles, coffee or tea & curling up with a good book help me thru the long winter evenings. Cozies are great & you are among my favorite authors! Thanks so much & keep it up!

Marina Sofia said...

I used to love winter a lot more as a child than I do now, but I am becoming more like you and this summer has been far too short. I am not in the mood for autumn rain and longer nights right now.
However, one thing I do try to hold on to is the thought of lovely winter sports on a sunny, brisk winter day, coming back into the warmth with rosy cheeks and sitting in front of an open fire with a steaming mug of cocoa or tea-and-rum.

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

Good Morning Kate. I love Fall and Spring. Don't like Winter much and now because I have moved to an apartment without a garage. I used to like January because it's my birthday month, but now that I will be 77 I don't like seeing myself get old. I like the first snow fall and that is it. I would like Summer if it didn't get so humid here in New England. It was so hot this Summer that I only sat out a few times. In short,I guess we are never really happy with the weather but at least we are living and that's a huge plus. Be Happy that you have a home and can get warm or cool down in it.

Kate Collins said...

Thank you! That's so sweet -- and goes well with my breakfast. LOL.

Kate Collins said...

You're right, Diane. I am learning to appreciate and celebrate what I DO have and not bemoan what I don't. Living in the moment is my new philosophy -- but it's sometimes hard to do. when I think ahead to those cold months, I'm not enjoying the weather right now.

Kate Collins said...

You paint a cozy picture, Marina. For those who enjoy winter sports, it must not be so bad to see winter coming. (Wish I were one of those people.) LOL.

Jeannie D. said...

We are kindred spirits, I love Spring and Summer. I love all my flowers and my garden. I savor the last few juicy ripe red tomatoes from my garden in the fall. I get depressed in the fall. Everything is brown and ugly. I don't even like mums, because they symbolize fall. I really hate winter. I hate sweaters and pants. I could live happily in tanks and shorts all year long.

Darlene said...

I am with you Kate. I live In Gardiner, NY Ulster County just about an hour below Albany. Its been in the 40s at night and I woke up to 57 degrees this morning. I don't want to turn the heat on yet or start the fireplace. But I have two quilts on my bed already I wrap up in like a cocoon!! My geraniums are getting that frayed cold look and the peach tree leaves are frowning. I have a huge Mum I bought from my Granddaughters fund raiser and I don't want to put it outside for fear it will freeze at night. The only thing about all this quick cold weather is I know I can soon curl up for the winter by the fireplace with my baskets of yarn, plentiful book and some hot cider or tea with my Keurig machine!!! Until then I hope to get a little more warm weather to go apple picking and make up lots of applesauce for the winter to remember the warmer days of summer and fall!

Melissas Eclectic Bookshelf said...

I admit...I am one of those people that really enjoys all of the seasons! Guess I just like change... I get through the winter months by spending a lot of time with family and friends (eating too much) and when no one else is around I curl up with tea and a good book and therefore am never alone!

Lover of Books said...

I am the same way. I prefer the warmer weather but have been eyeing my favorite sweaters in the closet and cannot wait to put them on. Yet I know I will miss my summer clothes. I sit too much too but hoping to make that not happen this year. I also love to bake and it is easier in the fall. :)
Krista

7LucyP said...

One thing that might help is making your lighting brighter inside. There are these new LED bulbs by Cree that look just like incandescent bulbs but use 84% less energy. We put in the 60w daylight ones in the bathrooms, over the dining table, in the fan lights, in bedside lamps, and wow are they nice and bright. Mind you, they aren't cheap a box of 6 from homedepot . com run about $70 but each bulb has a 10 year warranty. You can buy them in single bulb packs at a stand alone Home Depot store too. We've always used the twirly bulbs to save energy but in winter it gets downright gloomy inside. This winter will be different though.

Sandi Lewis said...

I also love spring and fall. The temperatures are just right for me and the outside is delightful in both seasons. The other two seasons I can do without but I really loved winter when I was younger--sled-riding, ice-skating, making snowmen. Those were so much fun. But now that I am handicapped (foot), I have to be so very careful if there is any snow or ice

Debra said...

I love the Fall. Hot cider, warm sweaters and beautiful leaves on the trees. I love to knit so this is my season! If you had a fall/winter craft do you think that would help? Do you go out every day, at least for a short while? It would help to fight winter sadness.
Soup bubbling in the slow cooker, a cozy mystery to listen to while I knit?
Heaven.

Vicky Harter said...

I love the fall for the cool temps warm cinamion smells.... I hate the hot weather I hate to sweat I have congestive heart failure so the heat and I don't get along....my fab thing to do in the cooler temps is get comfy wit a blanket on my couch with a Kate Collins mystery.....

Maggie Sefton said...

Sounds like you're photo-sensitive, Kate. I am to a degree. But since I live in sunny Colorado, it doesn't bother me. However when I stay for extended times in areas that have day after cloudy day, I notice the difference. Subtle, but it's real. Some people actually spend time under a sun lamp during winter to help contract.

Karen in Ohio said...

Count me as one who regards winter as the least attractive season. However, there are compensations. Less to do in the garden (as in, nothing), so lots more time to sit and read, cuppa tea at my elbow, snuggled up under a cozy, warm throw. Lofty down comforters on the bed, and hot baths beforehand. Woolen clothing, including yummy cashmere sweaters (I have a collection from many years), and thick, alpaca socks. And in the car, time to turn on the "bun warmers" in the seat! And of course pots of soup, stews, and homemade bread for dinner, and hot oatmeal for breakfast.

I'm all for hibernation, frankly, and if it weren't for the holidays I'd probably hole up until the first sign of spring. But last winter was barely even cold until February. I actually got impatient about the temperature, worried we'd never get to have a fire in the fireplace and an excuse to chill out in front of it!

Lynn Delage said...

I live in the south and this summer has been extra hot. We are still having temperatures over 90 F although they are saying next weekend we will have highs of 88 with lows in the middle 60's. I used to love all the seasons but as I get older and more infirm I am inclined to stay inside in all the seasons.

SueAnn said...

Karen, in Ohio...where do you live?! I am in Ohio too, we had our first heavy snow the first of Dec and it never let up until mid Feb, and it was cold as heck from Oct to the end of May!! We had the wood stove going on Memorial Day! I am with you tho, on hibernating!! I love to see things grow, and I love to see them die..we have such short Summers, it is a work frenzy, that I RELISH the Autumn!! The slow down......I use to love winters..but the older I get, the less I love them.....getting tired of shoveling snow....being cold a lot.....The grey days I am ok with....I do a lot of reading and knitting and sewing in the winter months that I never seem to get to in the Summer....
I have no answer for you Kate...you are one State over, and you get all the worse, before it comes to us....I sympathize with you on that....we had to drive thru the blizzard that hit right before Christmas, to outside Indianapolis, to rescue our kid from the side of the road..and it was MUCH worse once we crossed the border, than here...
I do a lot of baking...cooking....planning, and general "try not to think about it", from Dec to April!!!
I am just starting on your series now......I like your first paragraph very much...in "Mum's".

Janice said...

Have to admit. I get depressed in April when the snows melt and the trees start to bud. I am allergic to grass, trees, flowers, etc. I get ants in the house. I hate sweating, tanning and the smell of suntan lotion. When I get hot I don't feel like moving, and I get nothing accomplished. I get so excited when Labor Day comes. I love football, the smell of chimney smoke, the autumn colors, the early sunset, doing more chores and baking because I'm not sweating any more, curling up in a down comforter and snow! Yes, I actually like leaving work when it's almost dusk. The ride home is so atmospheric with the darkness falling and the leaves swirling. When it snows at work a few of us get so excited. It's just so beautiful I marvel at it. And then a few co-workers start to get angry that anyone could enjoy it, but that's okay too because it just makes me feel like I'm still a kid. As far as the solitude, I do live alone, but that's by choice. I like being alone with my thoughts, my books, my BBC America and my needlework. I'm sure it's a different story if you have been used to having a partner with you. I guess I don't miss it because I've never had it.