Goodbye Summer

Virginia Creeper turning red
Soon my favorite time of the year will finally be here and I can't wait to welcome it back with open arms.

I love Fall.

I love the smell of Sunday dinners roasting in the oven.

I love watching the leaves turning to fire-red brilliance.

I love sleeping soundly during crisp cool nights.

And I love hearing hundreds of geese honking overhead as they prepare yet again to fly south.

But before Fall can move in, the old season has to move out. And not too soon in my opinion. You see, Summer is NOT a Friend of mine.

Like an obnoxious roommate, it has overstayed it's welcome as far as I am concerned. The list of irritating traits I've had to put up with has grown to new lengths this year. So as the time nears to hoof its sorry butt out the door, here are just a few of the:


- Sweating
- Mosquitos carrying West Nile Virus
- Weeds taller than me
- 40 degree heat with no A/C, in the house or car
- Road construction to slalom around every day
- Sweating
- Creepy-crawlies in the basement
- Severe thunderstorms
- Cold meals
- Sleeping with a fan inches from my face
- Hail damage
- Covering for vacationing co-workers
- Sweating
- Humidity turning my hair into an Afro from the 70's
- Brown grass
- Showering twice a day
- Wasps chasing me from my apple tree
- F4 tornadoes
- Did I mention the sweating?

And the biggest peeve I have about evil Summer? Like an all-too thin acquaintance, the bitch makes me feel fat. Shorts, swimsuits, tank tops... combined with my eternally pasty skin, I resemble the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from June to August.

Stay Puft ManIf Summer was TRUELY my BFF, it would not create so many circumstances that necessitated my hiding inside for months on end. It would be kinder and more understanding of this aging, sagging body and at least give me weather I can cover up in. But no, it scoffs at my attempts to hide my bulges... so I sit sweating thru baggy shirts and full length pants while the temperature soares to that of the Sun's surface.

Which is the best reason of all to love Fall. It considerately allows me to camouflage once again into soft comfy turtlenecks, bulky knit sweaters and dark slimming jeans that make me look and feel great.

Like a true Friend should.

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toners said...

Ah, yes...Fall and Winter are definitely my friend. I'm so glad we moved to CO from CA; I can wear so many more clothes here! Another great post!

Janet said...

Love your list! That could be my list, too, with one notable exception: I LIVE in shorts during the summer, even with my blindingly white legs. I dread the day I have to put on jeans. But once I'm into the fall weather, I LOVE sweaters. In fact, my college roomie used to call me "Sweater Woman." Now there's something I haven't thought of for a LONG time! Great post!!

toners said...

Hi Maureen, I just tagged you :) Details on my blog! Enjoy!

Jill said...

You should DEFINITELY not move to Texas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lynn said...

Love your list! I, on the other hand love summer. I don't care that I look like a stuffed sausage all the time. I don't even bother trying to camoflague myself unless I'm going out with friends to dinner or something. I do hate the humidity here. I could difinitely live without that. But give me the sun and heat any day.

Irene said...

Summer in the Netherlands is like the fall anywhere else, so it doesn't bother me much. I miss the sunlight, because I get S.A.D. I do like the change of the colors of the leaves and the way the sunlight slants at a different angle. I like wearing clothes, I don't do skimpy well either.

Heather said...

I'm with you, sister! I love fall - it's my favorite time of the year. Summer is just YUCKY, especially in the hot & humid South. Bring on the cool weather and turning leaves!!!

Curly Glamour Girlie said...

It took me a long time to get as well acquainted with fall as I have. It started the fall I fell sick and was going through chemo. While going through that it made me stop and look around at all the things about fall that I do indeed like.

One more yucky thing about summer? Chafing. (sp?)

Bananas said...

hear! hear!!! just last week I said to Jay, "I am SICK of summer." He told me those words would come back to haunt me, but I don't care. I am seriously ready for Fall.

Micki said...

I really like the photo at the top of the post!

Sofia said...

I guess it all depends on where you live. Over here in NW Washington State, summer is my friend and fall is the bitch. Our sun will go into hibernation soon and the depressing drizzle will return. Ugh.

Cupcake Blonde said...

Autumn is definately my favorite season of all, mostly because my birthday is smack dab in the middle of the season and near my favorite holiday, Halloween. But I love the changing of the leaves and the smell of wood fires and weather chilly enough to wear a sweater but not quite cold enough for a coat. We don't get much fall here in Vegas and I miss it. Growing up in New England the changing leaves always made me feel happy...

Although your list made me think more winter than summer...40 degree heat? Slaloming around construction? Cold meals? :)

Ann(ie) said...

I'm gonna miss Summer! But, then I live in Seattle. We don't get ENOUGH summer!

NH Yocal said...

This is such a great post. I am now a true fan of your blog! I think your words epitomizes my feelings exactly! It is nice to now turn ourselves to cooler, crisper weather where we can pull on those soft oversized sweaters!

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