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I Hate Summer | Not Quite Amish

I Hate Summer


I have tried to like summer, really I have. I wrote about summer in my May post. But I was faking. I hate summer. Summer is hot and humid and I’d rather curl up inside with a book or my knitting. I love nature just not when it’s trying to cook me the minute I step outside. I like nature when she’s chilly, when I have to wear a sweater or even take an umbrella with me when I go out for a walk. I am not alone. Comedian Jim Gaffigan confirms: Summer is no vacation as far as he’s concerned. We agree, sometimes it feels like summer is an obligation to enjoy yourself. Hence I fake it.

Autumn is my favorite season with winter, yes winter, coming in a very close second. I’ve posted about that before too, you can find them here and here. So why this chat of season dysfunction? Well I am melting in my first New York heat wave, and I’m not a fan. While most folks love summer, my guess is there have to be a few others just like me who are waiting for the first frost. Anyone?

Are there others who are looking forward to comfort food in the form of a hearty stew, or a big pan of bread pudding? Anyone else want to hear the crunch of leaves under foot? How bout being excited about buying school supplies and waiting for the first time you pull on your winter coat. Okay maybe I’ve gone too far. We will have to shovel after all.

But embracing what you love is not a bad thing. Waiting for summer to be over is kind of like counting the days till Christmas. I know one day all this sunshine and sweatiness will be over. Just as a storm can’t last forever neither can the heat of summer. And when you come right down to it I need all the seasons. I love to see the flowers pop out in Spring. I love to taste the first ice cream cone of summer. Those are treats. They would be commonplace if I didn’t have them balanced next to the crisp and cold of the other seasons. So I’ll give summer another chance. After all the first day of autumn is 57 days away (September 23). You summer lovers have lots of time to enjoy the heat! I’ll be here smiling with a sweater when you get cold in November.

What is your favorite season? Why?

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Lisa Bogart (64 Posts)

Lisa Bogart. Lisa is a movie-loving, book-reading, sweater-knitting, cookie-baking, world-traveling woman. She is also the author of Knit With Love, Stories to Warm a Knitters Heart. She won the Guideposts Writers Workshop in 2010. These days Lisa works part time at Piedmont Yarn in Oakland, CA. And she loves nothing better than writing all morning, knitting all afternoon, and watching a movie with hubby in the evening. You can find Lisa online at LisaBogart.com.


  1. We lived in Minnesota for 9 years..yah sure you betcha. It was hot and humid, but one perk.. I heard your skin ages slower in humid weather. I am pretty sure I only look 49 1/2 instead of 50! Don’t know if that helps, but it was something I had to tell myself everytime I felt like I was melting.

    Now we live in San Diego area..the weather is nice..perfect actually. But, it is hard to sing “I’m Dreaming Of a White Christamas” or even think of trying out new soup recipes when you are weaaring flip-flops and t-shirts. I miss the seasons. Having ived in the Sierra Mountains for most of my life (except 9 years in the oofta state) I miss the first snow fall and the fact that the snow has to fall on blooming dogwood trees to signal the beginning of spring. I miss blackberries ripening on the vine and the feel of warm socks. I miss the sight of people bundled up against the elements and warming up over cups of steaming cocoa.

    • My people come from Minnesota and Wisconsin. So you’d think I would be used to the humidity having grown up in it or at least have a tolerance in my DNA. But I’m a soft California girl that’s relocated. Though like you I have discovered I really REALLY like four seasons. If we could just make summer shorter I’d be happy. The first snow fall is indeed magical.

  2. Cindy Batdorf says:

    Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the colored leaves in the trees, falling in the breeze and making piles on the ground. The temperature is perfect, 60 ish, sweater weather. You can take a slow walk without drenching your clothes in sweat, and have a cup of cocoa too! You can read a book anywhere and be comfortable. Love it!

  3. I don’t like summer either. I am allergic to mold and especially this summer with all the rain has been awful. About 10 years ago I got overheated while trying to pretend I was enjoying 88 degree weather with friends shopping. Now I get sick if I spend long in the heat. I could go on but won’t. I enjoy summer inside. I only spend summer outside on the coolest days. Taking care of a few flowering plants etc. I sew, read, clean, cook and take care of pets. Cooler weather can come anytime. Best to you as we try to find a few cooler moments to take care of outside chores.

    • Oh dear getting sick from the sun seems an added burden in the summer. I just get sunburned and feel foolish for forgetting to use enough sunblock. Inside summer activities are the way to go. Thank goodness for so many summer movies…in a dark cool theater!

  4. Patsy H. says:

    I enjoy fall. I live in South Mississippi and this heat is killing me! Our heat index has been around 105 to 110 for days. I’m ready for a break!

  5. Amanda Williams says:

    I also am not a fan of summer. Autumn is my absolute favorite with winter being a close runner up!

  6. I am totally with you. I do not like summer. It’s too hot! You can only take so many pieces of clothes off without being indecent to try to cool off. I’ve lived in several states and so far my favorite summers have been here in North Dakota followed by Maine. There’s always a breeze which makes it not seem so bad. After 90′ weather all weekend, the current drop in temperature yesterday and today is a balm for me. To wake up to temps in the 60’s just makes my day and rejuvenates me.

    My favorite season is fall. As cold as it gets here surprisingly it may be making winter my second favorite season. Spring is just too wet. It’s a drier cold here and I seem able to tolerate it better. I actually got snowshoes last year to try out a winter sport but our lack of snow prevented me from trying them out.

    • Show shoes? I’m jealous! I always wanted to try them. For now I’m just dreaming of the snow angels I can make in my yard…Hope you get to use your new footwear this winter season. And we are all hoping that the snow flies sooner than later. teehee

  7. I agree with you. I hate summer. I live in east central Indiana so we have all 4 seasons. However, this year has been exceptionally rainy. I, like a previous comment, suffer from allergies and have asthma. The mold from all the rain is terrible. Therefore, being outside for a long period of time drains my system and makes me very tired. I don’t mind cooler summer days but high humidity is hard on me. The mosquitoes are awful this year. I have already told my friends that I am looking forward to the first frost. My menu planning keeps leaning towards biscuits and gravy or soup beans and cornbread. Lol. Even though there is firewood to haul, snow to shovel, water heaters to keep working and winter coats to wear I am still looking forward to winter. It allows me to hibernate in my house, re-energize and work on winter projects. I am glad to hear I am not alone in this sentiment.

    • I’m sorry to hear you have summer allergies too. No fun. Mosquitos are a nuisance for sure. But I do love fireflies. We didn’t have those in California. And I too like winter comfort food more than summer treats.

  8. Didn’t know there could be that much summer haters as I’ve seen in this post. Like you I’m a fall lover and I like everything about it except it doesn’t last near long enough. I’ve also tried to embrace summer this year instead of complaining about it. I’ve planted my own seedlings in the winter and had beautiful petunias and pansies. But it’s been so hot here in Ohio I couldn’t water them enough so they look awful now and I’ve trimmed them all back. As far as I’m concerned I’m ready to say goodbye to summer. Probably about 6 more weeks to deal with the heat. The first 2 weeks of September are usually warm here.

    • I’ll confess I paused before submitting this post….could I really say I hate summer and not get a lot of flack for it. Come to find out there are a few of us who are waiting for a good hard freeze to cool things off. I love your comment though about embracing the summer rather than complaining about it. A good lesson to try and get thru with a smile rather than a complaint. Still hard to muster some days when you are melting and watching your lovely seedlings take a beating in the heat. The temps will dip one day and we’ll heave a sigh of relief. Hang in there!

  9. I hate summer too! Winter is my favorite season! I love the cold, candles, blanckets and snow!! And I love that it is dark early. Its so cosy!

    • Yes cozy!! We love cozy. My son and I were talking about it the other day as we tried to stay cool…it feels like you can do something to make yourself warmer (cozier) but you can’t really do much to make yourself cooler. As PairieGypsy said above you can’t take off too many clothes without becoming indecent.

  10. Wow, It is 04:50, I am getting ready for work and I just found your blog. I am LOVING it! I too “hate summer” Well, not really “hate” it….just what comes with it, ie: heat and humidity. I LOVE the gardening….the flowers…watching baby chicks learn about life from their mothers…or watching a little kid goat learn to jump and play…if only it wasn’t above 75 degrees. I am thoroughly enjoying my morning coffee reading what seems to be ” my life” in your blog. Thank you!!

    • Welcome to my club. teehee! It’s nice to find so many members. And good news: Summer is nearly OVER!!! It is rainy and cool today at my house. Hooray! Still there are days of heat to come but soon very soon we will have sweater weather. Hooray! Enjoy the transition and thanks for your comments.

      • A new summer is beginning and it and I will commence with our annual battle for survival. I will admit I’ve been a glutton for punishment. I lived in Louisiana for six years. Now that’s heat and humidity!! I returned to New England nearly 30 years ago and while the heat and humidity may not last as long, it can still give you a run for its money. My family knows enough to tiptoe carefully when a heat wave reaches its fifth or sixth day. As often as invited I make a beeline up to my friend’s lakeside cottage. It is nestled in the foothills of the White Mountains and there is nothing better then parking myself near the picnic table with a hot cup of tea and my journal. The mountains and the pine trees reflected in the lake, the cry of the loons and the breezes wandering among the trees. Perfection only a few hours away.

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