While some people really love this heat that is coming straight for us, I have never loved it, never liked it, never been excited for summer. Even when I was a little girl, while the rest of my friends would be out playing in the hotter-than-heck heat, I would be in my room playing with my dolls, or spending time indoors with my mom, or making my brother play school with me in the living room (he's awesome -- he always played along). But these days, as the summer is finally here and the temperatures have reached the one-hundreds, I am happy. Maybe it is the Vitamin D, maybe it is the fact that I am still reveling in my newlyweddedness (that should totally be a real word) and the reality that my husband is a total babe. Ahem. Anyway, regardless, I have consciously decided to make a true effort this summer to see and feel the beauty in the season, and enjoy these months rather than waste them away wishing for winter. I have found that the majority of my former years have been spent pining away for December. Imagine my disappointment when December is over...
When January came upon us and I was left in a decidedly blue state, I thought -- enough! I promised myself that I would not waste another spring complaining about allergies and spend another summer mad at the weather while pouting indoors. Allergies -- no problem! They mean that things are blooming and there is growth and renewal all around us! The heat -- whatever! If I want to spend the day indoors, I'll spend it crafting, or reading, or connecting with all of you! The point is, my goal is to enjoy each moment I get to live this life. And so far, this goal has proven to be life-changing. :-)
Now, all that being said, I do have a major design crush on porches, and I want to take a look today at some really beautiful examples. If it were cooler out, and if I had a glass of lemonade in one hand and a fabulous beach read in the other, I think a day spent out on the porch would be just what the doctor ordered. ;-)
What's your favorite (or least favorite) thing about the beginning of summertime?