Sunday, June 28, 2015

Summer is My Winter

by Leann


Most people love summer. They like warm days, being outside and of course, vacations. I am not one of those people--and I really never have been,

Back when I was a child, there are home movies of me on vacation in Canada sitting on the shore,
wrapped in a towel, my lips purple. I was freezing. I hated it. In the cottage we stayed in by the lake, everyone was outside most of the time and I was up in a top bunk reading a book. I was 25 years old when I moved to Texas and I thought it might be the answer. But South Texas does not have a moderate climate. It's either blazing hot
or less hot. That's it.

I would learn from an allergist that this wasn't me being fussy about climate. My body reacts to extremes in temperature and atmospheric pressure. I also suffer from a million allergies and insects love my blood. I have an Epi-pen on hand, it's that severe. So, Western NY and South Texas were not good places for me to live. Upstate South Carolina seems to be a better fit. Except for this past week. I
almost believed I'd been transported back in time to those Texas summers where one July it was over 100 degrees every single day. It's been hot and humid and just plain yucky here for the last 10 days. I become a hermit then. I don't want to even step outside. Good thing we have plenty of windows because I enjoy looking out on the lake. It's very soothing.

We've had rain last night and today, thank goodness. The last two summers here in the Upstate were great and it appears it will be more like that in the upcoming weeks. I still prefer winter and fall. I feel as if I am in the minority. How many of you enjoy the cooler times? Because I really really don't like summer!

26 comments:

Elaine Klingbeil said...

Me, me, me!!! I really dislike summer because I do not like to be hot. I want to wear my jeans and I would love to wear sweaters and sweatshirts more often. I have not complained about winter in years! But I am so looking forward to summer being over. Thanks for sharing!

Nancy said...

This summer has sure been easy on the electric bill. It isn't freezing, but it is quite chilly. And rainy. I considered turning the heat on tonight! I have to say that I am truly tired of snow and ice, though. So, no, I don't like winter any more. My making snow angels days are over.

lavendersbluegreen said...

Me too! I have done Chicago summers, Minnesota summers, Tennessee Valley summers, and a whole lot of Seattle summers. I have even lived in the Middle East... I MUCH prefer Fall!

Julie Seedorf said...

I too love fall. My body has never liked the hot. It doesn't cool off so I overheat easily. Although this summer so far Minnesota has been very cool and only one or two high temps. Hope the humidity stays low today as I'm doing a book fair outside! Thought of the weather almost kept me from signing up. Wishing you cool summer days.

Leann Sweeney said...

KIndred spirits. I still wear my jeans, though a lighter weight. I don't go outside for more than a minute so it works! :-)

Leann Sweeney said...

I made snow angels, too, and ended up covered in hives! I have something called cold urticaria. Any exposure to my sking of less than about 60 degrees causes hives. Funny, but I thought it happened to everyone until I met my first allergist! (that's how much my parents cared about me being covered in hives!!)

Anonymous said...

Spring and fall, for me! I've never been a winter person. Summers, as a kid, were fun because we spent most of it swimming in the creek. These days, summer (for me) means, "I'm melting, I'm melting"!

Leann Sweeney said...

Yes! Autumn is THE BEST!! My body always knew but my brain had to catch up!

Leann Sweeney said...

Minnesota gets SO COLD. I'd be a mess! But I'd enjoy a cool summer. Have a great time at the book fair!!

Leann Sweeney said...

Melting is right. And for me, itching, too! Seems like I am not alone!! Yay!

Anonymous said...

My best summer's were at altitude in Vail, Colorado. The humidity and air temps stay moderate and the sun shines gloriously. The nights are chilly. Perfect for a fire in the fireplace. Extreme temps - hot or cold - not good for my health, like you. This summer has been nice except for all the rain. This morning was so cool that my furnace came on ! hharra at BSU dot edu

Aurian said...

Our summer here in Holland is mostly moderate, I can deal with it being 25 degrees Celsius at most. But for later this week they are predicting a heat wave up to 35 degrees, and heat in Holland also means high humidity, making it harder to breathe. Houses here in Holland are usually not equipped with airconditioning, it is not really necessary but for a few days a year. Those few days are horrible. So I will be working overtime at the office I guess, nice and airconditioned !
I don't like the cold much either, I always have the central heating on at 23 degrees Celsius.

Librarystitcher said...

I too, can not handle the extremes in temperatures. I love the fall and spring comes in second. But a cool summer here in Rhode Island can be nice. I thought that I was the only one who could "feel" the atmosphere. It is nice to know that I am not alone.

Anonymous said...

I think I'm in the minority here because I do like summer for all the fresh fruit and veggies available here in the NW. I currently have 2 flats (24 pints) of strawberries in the frig that need to be washed and frozen plus about 4 pints of blueberries ready to eat. However, we are sizzling this summer with at least 9 days of 90 and above just in June alone. Supposed to only be in the high 80s for the rest of June but then back to the mid-90s through at least the 4th. No real rain so we're burning up---may even have a burn ban in place for the 4th except for the big, official fireworks displays. I prefer high 70s and low 80s with an occasional rainy day. I do sympathize with people who can't handle extreme temps. Cordella

Kate Collins said...

I'm with you, Cordella. I love, love, love summer. I can get out and do things and see people and grow flowers and veggies . . . In the winter I feel trapped. God bless us everyone for all of our likes and dislikes.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I don't know how you can survive it, Leann! We have two bad weeks (hide indoors) with heat and humidity in summer and two bad weeks with minus thirty in the winter (hide indoors under the blankets), but the rest of the time we can enjoy life. I wouldn't last one summer in SC. I guess you can understand why so many of the early settlers didn't make it. Hope it gets better this summer. XOXO

Anonymous said...

You have to wonder what our ancestors were thinking, coming to a climate with such extremes. Except for the snow-shovelling, I think winter has a slight edge over summer. But then I look out at my beautiful flower-filled garden today and change my mind. So here's to all four seasons, each with their attributes!
Nancy in Ottawa

Darlene said...

That is not abnormal. Many people have an auto-immune disease(not life threatening but annoying) where the body cannot regulate its temperature. Some people have trouble with the heat or the cold. I am one of the lucky ones that cannot tolerate either. While everyone is swimming if I step into an unheated pool I am shaking. In the winter I am bundled to my nose even in the house. So stay cool or warm which ever you need and smile away!

Lynda Turpin said...

Yes, we are kindred spirits in so many ways Leann. I am not a fan of summer OR winter. In the winter, my Raynauds is an issue (fingers turn white, go numb from cold). It has been tolerable because we don't have extreme cold weather here (we seldom get into the 20's), and I try to stay in when it's cold. But this last winter I was having the problems even in the house, which was never below 60's - 70's, so I guess (like everything else) that is getting worse as I get older.

We do get temps in the 100's regularly, but it is not a humid heat, so I would imagine your 90's would be like your 100's. I remember visiting my brother in Connecticut in October. My sil was wearing a sweater and I was sweating because I'm not used to the humidity. But even without humidity, once you hit the 100's, it can suck the breath out of you when you go out into it - especially getting into a parked car.

Next week us supposed to be in the 105-110 range here, but at least I got my AC fixed. This past week it was 109 in the shade out back and my AC was out of order (inside temps in the 90's). I cannot handle that type of heat. This weekend we got a bit of a break (in the lower 90's), but it will go back up tomorrow, so I'm putting off working outside.

So, my very favorite time of year is Fall, followed by Spring, and then Winter and, lastly, Summer. However, my allergies are a mess in all 4 seasons. I think I need to find a home in a climate and allergy controlled bubble - LOL

Stay cool!

Valerie Consoer said...

You are definitely in good company, my friend. I've always been a plump chick. Probably always will be. Damn genetics. Anyway, because of my plumpness, I get hot very easily. Often, when my skinny and not-so-skinny friends are chilled, I'm sweating up a storm. It's embarrassing, but there's nothing I can do about it. Thanks to my Irish background, my cheeks are constantly red, but when I'm hot, they get extremely red! People are constantly asking me what's wrong. I usually say that it's nothing and that my cheeks are naturally rosy. When I was younger, I even wanted to get it fixed with a laser. Now that I'm a little older, I'm glad I didn't keep the appointment I made to get it done. It's who I am, by golly!

One other thing about summer that bugs me is the actual BUGS! The farther it gets into the summer, the worse the bugs get. Where I live in Indiana, it gets very humid and the bugs are in "buggy" heaven. I have two little dogs that have even smaller bladders, so I'm outside every 2-3 hours to let them do their business. When I come back inside, I usually have 4 or 5 new bug bites that I didn't even feel when bit! I grumble, I moan, and usually complain. I'll just be happy when fall gets here. It's the best time of year and usually doesn't last very long here. I enjoy it while I can.

Try to stay cool, my friend!

Grandma Cootie said...

I think I am a temperate girl - not too hot, not too cold. Have to stay out of the sun so don't enjoy the hot hot hot days (like we are having now, 107 predicted for Tuesday, please no). And after a day or so with only a/c the house is too stuffy. So I think I'm with you, let's have a little cool please.

Leann Sweeney said...

I heard lots of folks up north needed heat on Sunday. Weather is in charge!

Leann Sweeney said...

I lived in western NY and up there, central air conditioning was practically unheard of. We did get some days in the 90s and boy did I suffer!

Leann Sweeney said...

You are definitely not alone!! If the barometer goes low, I get a headache--and a pretty bad one.

Laurie Fancy said...

I am a Prairie girl at heart. Love the fall, winter, and spring. Would rather leave the scorching days of summer far behind me. I'm subject to heatstroke and low blood sugar drops during the hot spells. NOT fun! I will take the summer fruit, please! Back it up to the door by the case; blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, peaches, apricots, nectarines, and of course, sweet corn. :-)

Pamela Woodfield said...

I definitely am not a warm weather gal. Mississippi can get brutal. About the only good thing I can say about it is I can wear flip flops. Due to illnesses & medications, I'm not allowed sun exposure. I don't handle heat well at all. I just stay in & enjoy the A/C with a good book & my fur babies. So u aren't alone. I've learned to rock the "porcelain" look. ツ