Summer Intentions

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“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”  ~F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

It always feels as if life is beginning over again in summer, doesn't it?  And yet, summer and I have never been the best of friends, despite the fact that I have a summer birthday.  I grow cranky during hot humid days and am unable to stay out in the sun too long without a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen because I am prone to headaches otherwise.  I sound like a barrel of laughs, don't I?  Someone you'd like to spend a hot summer day with?

My friend Karen wrote a lovely post today about her summer intentions on her blog, Pumpkin Sunrise.  Her post inspired me to try to look at summer through a kinder light, to try and make friends with my birthday season.  After all, there are many wonderful things about summer:

  • longer days
  • fresh vegetables, especially tomatoes so ripe and sweet that they can be eaten like fruit...oh wait, they are fruit.  :)
  • afternoons spent under shady trees, sipping iced tea and reading a good book
  • mornings out on the kayak, paddling amongst herons and egrets with beavers paddling nearby
  • the occasional trip to the ocean
  • lobster rolls and blueberry pie

When I think about it I realize that New England is a pretty special place to be during the summer and I should take better advantage of it.  So, as spring winds down and summertime nears I've decided to list a few intentions of my own:

  • explore more, whine less
  • take the kayak out at least once a week.
  • paint outdoors
  • go on early morning walks with the Popster, while the air is still cool.
  • eat more fruits and vegetables (we joined a CSA this year and I can hardly wait pick up our first basket of veggies!)
  • have more salads for dinner
  • become skilled at barbequing so that I don't have to cook indoors
  • pick strawberries and blueberries and make homemade jam.
  • be more diligent about tending my flower gardens (I tend to become neglectful come July and August)
  • be thankful for the sun and the beauty that surrounds me
  • enjoy lazy days with friends and family

Summer is a time to chill, to move at a slower pace.  Crisp mornings, languid afternoons, sultry evenings.  What would happen if I embraced it rather than battled it?

How will you be spending your summer?  I'd love to know...