More thoughts on August

Summer seemed to last forever when I was a kid…barefoot and carefree. But when the sounds of cicadas filled the August skies, it was a sad signal that the start of school was around the corner. I’ve been vacillating about the month of August ever since, I guess. I know there are very good things about August though and I have to keep telling myself it’s okay. Summer’s ending, but it’s okay. Deep breath. It’s okay.

Good news about the month of August: It’s typically not as hot as July in New England. Overnight temperatures and humidity drop to comfortable levels for great sleeping. Late summer annuals are peaking. No air conditioning needed.

Bad news about August: We’ve been losing sunlight every day since the summer solstice in June but in August, it accelerates. We will lose two to three minutes of daylight each day. We will continue to lose daylight until the winter solstice in December and that can cause me a bit of the blahs. Doesn’t sunshine boost serotonin levels?

Good news about the last full month of summer: the rabbits are here to stay but we have come to an understanding. The neighbors are still having problems but they haven’t learned that a little cayenne pepper on the tips of favorite plants tend to be avoided by sharp teeth. And when they do snap off a bloom, I find they perform an overnight service. They decide what flowers are placed in the fresh flower jar each day. Today the rabbits selected a nice variety…. dill, allium, celosia and snapdragon. Not bad.

Cottontail arrangement 2019

Awkward Thing about August: Every year, each store I enter in August has displays of fall pumpkins, decor, and Halloween costumes. I’m not ready. It is disturbing to me, but it may be an age thing. One of my daughters has actually bought new Halloween costumes for the grands. Sigh…

Fall??

Best Things about August: the bounty of farm fresh corn, tomatoes, peaches. Often mister gardener will serve just a plate stacked high of sweet corn on the cob and fresh tomatoes for dinner. The season for these favorites will pass quickly and can we get enough? No.

Celebrity tomatoes 2019

Fun things about August: Late season cookouts, barbecues, and gatherings with friends and family and savoring every minute of the great outdoors. And I can be barefoot for the whole month!

Neighborhood potluck 2019

When September rolls around, I’ll be more optimistic about the glorious fall season to come and stop dwelling on the loss of summer. The kaleidoscope of fall colors, the crispness in the fall air, pumpkin patch visits with the grands, football, anticipation of Thanksgiving will spur me on.

12 thoughts on “More thoughts on August

    • Such a nightmarish job awaits you each fall. I keep trying to think of solutions for your leaf overload, but, alas, I cannot. At least you picked a warm part of the country in which to convalesce over the winter months from leaf fatigue.

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  1. Oh I too find it so hard to know summer is ending. I want it to last so much longer so I can enjoy the green and growing things. And I hate the loss of sunlit hours. Yet I love living here where we have such seemingly long winters.

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    • You speak like a native… and you are! I am a transplant but love the area like a native. It’s amazing that a few weeks ago, I could be deadheading flowers at 9 pm. I miss those long hours of daylight but don’t really mind the winters. I like snow. I hate ice.

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