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Top 10 Reasons I’m Done with Summer

Carol Graham is done with summer. We get it. Read more from Carol on her blog.

Top 10 Reasons I'm Done with Summer

Yes, I’m one of those inconsiderate people who likes the cold when everyone around me is freezing. Even in the winter time, I like my home cool.  The living room is the only room in the house that is heated. No matter how cold it is outside, we sleep with the windows open and the fan blowing.  No, I am not hot flashing – we just prefer living in cool temperatures.

My friends know that I don’t own a winter jacket.  They offered to loan me one when I visited my daughter in the Arctic a couple years ago. I reluctantly took it with me for the trip, but I never zipped it closed – the temperature was a balmy MINUS 30 degrees. At that temperature, it doesn’t matter if it is Fahrenheit or Celsius – your breath freezes in mid-air. Barely fazed me. Always been this way.

I grew up in Midwest USA.  Over 40 years ago the man I chose to spend the rest of my life with informed me he wanted to move to the West Coast.

“Don’t believe what you read, it rarely rains in Seattle” he lied. Blinded by love, I believed him and helped to fulfill his desire to live and die near the ocean.

I realized very quickly that it rained a lot more than I had even imagined, but it didn’t matter because the bonus to living here was the summers were cool. 

As the decades passed, there was a definite change happening with the weather. And to fulfill recent scientists’ predictions, Northwest USA’s weather is becoming more like a dessert. I am starting to get really angry about that. Now we do rain dances in hopes of triggering some moisture but it isn’t happening.

The last two summers have been downright miserable – hot every day with little to no rain. We haven’t had any real winter in three years. It stays mild and sunny most winter days. This year we have broken all heat records and it is only June. The temperatures for the past two weeks have been lingering around 80 to 90 plus. What’s to like? The forecast – no change until the end of August. I wonder if I will survive.

“Don’t you just love this heat?” If anyone else asks me that I might slap them. “No, I don’t love it. I hate it. And I ask you what’s to love?”

I think I have it figured out. Summertime is a time to enjoy the great outdoors. It is a time to relax, read a book while sunbathing, go swimming, camping and hiking. None of those activities appeals to me or fit into my lifestyle.  There is little about summer that I like — I warned you that I was inconsiderate.

Please hear me out — and hopefully some of you will agree with me.  Here are my reasons for not liking the summer heat:

NUMBER 10

The last time I got a tan, which was 40 years ago, I got sunstroke and now I stay white – milky white. My husband loves my silky skin that is not exposed to the blazing sun or chemical filled sunscreen.  He prefers it to me having a fainting spell when exposed to the summer sun.

NUMBER 9

I love to dress up and to wear layers. As soon as the temperature rises above 70 degrees, the clothes come off and that’s not a pretty sight. Especially when you are milky white and kinda old.

NUMBER 8

Wearing a bra is NOT an option.

NUMBER 7

You can’t drive with the windows down. I drive with the windows open in the winter time, but they must be closed — breathing in that AC during the summer.

NUMBER 6

People have an excuse for being late. One of my pet peeves is “Sorry for not getting back to you sooner, we were on holiday.” Or even better “Sorry I forgot all about my commitment to you, it’s summer – you know how it is.”

No, I most definitely do NOT know how it is – what happened to fulfilling an obligation? Lame excuses!

NUMBER 5

Anyone ever been pregnant in summer? I rest my case.

NUMBER 4

Little gets done. I am a Type A personality with OCD. Now before you laugh too hard or get ticked off – think about it. We are the type of people who work 24/7 taking on our own jobs and the jobs of those around us who have not completed theirs.

I feel ill when it is this hot and don’t want to do anything. But I push myself harder and accomplish half as much as when it is cold outside. Even though for my personality type I have unusually low blood pressure, I am sure it rises when it is hot and my ire ascends with the temperature.

 NUMBER 3

The heat wrecks havoc for our wildlife. They can’t find water.

NUMBER 2

I love to cook. We eat a lot of hot, spicy foods requiring a lot of prep time. Who feels like doing that with water trickling down your face in front of a hot stove?

BUT MY PERSONAL NUMBER ONE REASON WHY I HATE THE HEAT:

Living in the rain forest when there is no rain is deadly. New forest fires spring up every day and it is extremely frightening not only for the devastation but for the communities of homes that are in the wooded areas.

The fragrant smell of summer is overcome with the smell of smoke; going outside requires you to wear a facial mask.  The evergreens that graced the mountainside are now a shade of dirty brown.

A couple weeks ago a forest fire (triggered by someone throwing a cigarette butt while walking through the woods) started about a mile from our home. It still is not under control. Many people have been evacuated from their homes. The devastation is criminal and heartbreaking because many of our furry wildlife creatures have been killed…..need I go on? So sad. It is estimated that 30 new fires are starting daily and troops from all over the world have been deployed to help. There is not enough manpower, equipment or funds to get a handle on this state of emergency.

These two photos were taken outside our front door Sunday morning two weeks ago.  It was eerie.  My friend called me and wondered if the end of the world was nigh.  The air, the sky, the world was brown.


I’m so done.  I wonder what the Arctic summers are like.


Am I the only one who feels this way – anyone out there agree with me? Or do you have any more reasons to add to the list?

Carol Graham

Carol Graham is the author of a fast-paced award-winning memoir, Battered Hope, the blog Never Ever Give Up Hope, and a regular contributor to numerous blog sites. She has a monthly column in Book Fun Magazine and has been published in several anthologies including a best-seller. In 2015, Carol received the Woman of Impact Award from Focus on Women Magazine and Author of the Year for her memoir, Battered Hope. Carol hosts a bi-weekly talk show Never Ever Give Up Hope in which she interviews people with remarkable stories of how they conquered overwhelming obstacles and achieved success. Never Ever Give Up Hope has an international audience in over 70 countries. In addition to motivational speaking, hosting a talk show and writing, Carol is a business owner, a wife, mother, grandmother and together with her husband have rescued over 30 dogs.

Carol Graham

Friday 21st of August 2015

I always wanted to be a sun worshipper but just can't physically handle the heat. Interesting that you said you are more productive in summer Sanch.

Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life

Thursday 20th of August 2015

Must admit I am actually a fan of summer...I can't wait for winter to finish. I'm such a beach person that I love the warm weather. I find myself more unproductive in winter whereas in summer, I'm out and about and enjoying nature. Right now, we are freezing our arses off but it's slowly heading into spring so I'm excited. The only thing I don't like about summer is the bush fires. I know Canada is going through that at the moment and we tend to have our share in summer too.

Carol Graham

Friday 21st of August 2015

You're right Anne -- it's always something and when we think it is under control, it surprises us. Fires, hurricanes... it is all so scary.

Anne Parris

Friday 21st of August 2015

I'm with you on the summer thing. Being cold makes me sad. Yes, wildfires all along the west coast of North America from California to Canada. Washington state lost three firefighters just a few days ago. The very much downside of hot weather. Here on the east coast, we are preparing for hurricane season. It's always something!

Carol Graham

Thursday 20th of August 2015

YES! YES! You get it Stephanie! When people say they are sun-worshippers I ask them if they are on glue! Glad I struck a cord with you and that you enjoyed it.

Stephanie Lewis

Thursday 20th of August 2015

People who know me steer clear of me in summer. I am ultra sensitive to sun and heat and liken it to a lasor searing through my skin. The sun = wrinkles, skin cancer and an infestation of ants in my house searching for water. You can't sit in front of a fireplace enjoying hot cocoa or sit inside AT ALL because everyone comes around and harps, "why are you stick in your house wasting such a beautiful day outside????!" Same thing with a movie theatre. I love matinees but must be subjected to extreme guilt because I am not OUTSIDE frolicking in our glorious (yuck!!!) sun!!! Can you tell you've struck a chord? Loved this!

Sheila

Thursday 20th of August 2015

I live in central Florida and it is hot here practically all year. Our fall/winter weather is miniscule at best. We sometimes get something masquerading as cold weather but not like I am used to. So I get what you are saying about the summer. It is unbearable. And I am not a beach fanatic. I got stuck here after a job assignment. I miss the the leaves changing colors, the cold rains and being able to wear fall and winter clothes.

Carol Graham

Thursday 20th of August 2015

"I miss the leaves changing colors, the cold rains and being able to wear fall and winter clothes." How much longer do you have to stay on that job before you can go 'home' Sheila?

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