Summer afternoon: to me those have always been the two most
beautiful words in the English language. ~Henry James
Summer is my favorite season. I love everything about it, and even the recent heat wave doesn’t make me love summer any less. Hazy hot and humid days are just part of what summer is like in this part of the world, and you’ll rarely if ever find me complaining about being too hot.
Allegra and Ruby are indoor cats, but I think they, too, prefer summer over every other season. The sun puddles are more plentiful and last longer this time of year, and they get to enjoy summer breezes coming in through open windows. And on the really hot days, they get to celebrate the fact that they’re air-conditioned kitties!
When I was a child, my family would take annual summer vacations, either in the mountains or at the beach. In typical European style, we’d go somewhere and stay for two or three weeks. The memories of some of these childhood vacations will last a lifetime. It’s been years since I’ve taken a real summer vacation, but every summer, I make sure to take time to enjoy the season.
Maybe some of my favorite summer activities will give you some ideas on how to enjoy summer, even if you can’t take a vacation:
My daily walk. On really hot days, I walk very early in the morning. My neighborhood is just starting to wake up, the birds are singing, there aren’t a lot of people out and about yet, and the air just smells and feels like summer. Bliss!
Eating outside. As much as I possibly can. Whether it’s on my deck, or at one of the many wonderful restaurants with outdoor seating areas near my home, there’s just nothing better to me than eating a meal outside. And it’s even better when it’s a meal shared with good friends.
Taking day trips. Since I’m not taking a vacation this summer, I’m making time for a few day trips. Whether it’s into the city, to the mountains or to the beach, I’m fortunate that I live close enough to a lot of beautiful places.
Summer reading. Of course I read all year long, but there’s something about summer reading that is special. This is the time of year when I indulge in “beach reads”, and it’s even more fun when I can sit outside on my deck, or in some of my favorite outdoor cafes around the area.
I hope you and your kitties are making time to enjoy your summer. What are some of your favorite things about the season?