We are halfway through summer. It is different from other summers. Big time. Some good. Some bad. Some just different.
Weather – Just. Plain. Crazy. We had a lot of rain and after a slow start, a lot of heat. Humidity off the charts! I may be growing mushrooms between my toes or behind my ears if I’m not careful.
Beauty – It’s a wash and wear summer. Makeup slides off like a kid at a water park sometimes ending with a splash! It’s a bad summer for hair. The weather has been clammy. Hair sticks to your skin or frizzles (shazizzles!). My hair feels dirty or greasy or flat within hours of washing.
Summer clothes – I’m either too hot or too cold (from the clamminess). I’ve been wearing my lightweight hoodie a lot. That thing flops on and off as my personal gauge waxes and wanes. Last night I wore long pants. Last week it was linen shorts. I have a clothing range that’s good for both Siberian and tropical rain forest weather.
Air conditioning – Many places locally, especially stores and restaurants, have it cranked down low which only makes the difference greater when you go outside. I routinely carry a sweater with me even when it’s 90 degrees. Definitely not a designer look! More like vintage nursing home.
Foliage – With all the rain many of my trees have eighteen inches of new growth this year. That’s a record. Some flowers have done really well. I’ve had to cut back my water lily pads because they were taking over the yard. (Seriously they were edging out of the pond over the stone wall!) My geraniums looked hot and tired (like I sometimes do) and stopped flowering. Hydrangeas – wonderful! Roses – so-so. Weeds – outrageous and tenacious!
Tomatoes – This is a tough one. There aren’t as many as usual but they are ripening and wonderful. It’s been warm enough and wet enough. Perhaps too warm? Or the soil is tired? Or the wet is too wet?
Farm stands – Corn is fabulous and the stone fruit (peaches, plums, apricots) has been sweet. The local strawberries were not. Some vegetables have taken off. A zucchini can grow two feet overnight or wither up and die.
Fairs, carnivals, festivals – Yikes! So many have been rained out, postponed or cancelled. The beloved husband was rained out of two baseball games (out of three). We have a large local festival starting next week. We’ll see what Mother Nature brings along with corn dogs, waffle ice cream sandwiches and strudels.
Weather all over has been…well…different. I’m not complaining. Each year brings its challenges and its rewards.
What’s the best or worst of your season?