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Glad for the glads but…

blogIMG_5558We are past the dog days of summer.

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the dog days of summer refer to the time period of July 3rd through August 11, supposedly the hottest and most oppressive period of the summer season. Once we pass that time period, summer starts to wane supposedly.

But we are still in its throes. Muggy weather and temperatures during the day that make it feel even stickier have been interspersed with some cooler days. Just not enough for me.

I, for one, am ready for summer to move on out, even though this summer hasn’t been as hot and humid as it often is. Summer is just not my favorite season. The heat and humidity we experience here in our neck of the woods is nothing like Southerners endure, but it’s still overwhelming and distressing to someone like me who likes temperate days with the windows of the house wide open.

When it’s sticky, muggy, and everything feels downright damp and the temps soar into the high 80’s and 90’s with humidity percentages in the same range, we must resort to air conditioning. And staying and sleeping inside an air conditioned home just seems so stale to me. I love my fresh air with windows wide open!

So I’m happy to see summer wind down and am hopeful it happens very soon. However, one aspect of the season that I will miss is the plethora of summer plants bearing their blossoming beauties.

We planted gladiolas this year in our perennial flower garden for the first time in the 18 years we’ve lived in this place. I remember with fondness the gorgeous, tall glads that beautified both my mother’s and my grandmother’s gardens, so this past spring when I saw some gladiola bulbs in the garden department of a local store, I convinced Papa to purchase and plant them.

We patiently watched for them to burst through the soil, but it seemed to take quite a while before any buds appeared on the stalks. And then…wow! They burst into radiant color. They and the lavender that we added to our garden have been a lovely aspect of this summer season.

I do so love the scent of lavender, so I pluck a stalk and take a little whiff of that pleasant scent often.  Lavender is known to reduce stress and anxiety and beneficial to promote relaxation and a good night’s sleep.

It’s true. When I take that little whiff of lavender, it makes me go “ahhh.” And anytime I’ve happened to inhale the scent of lavender essential oil, I get sleepy.

Sleepiness and sluggishness seem to go hand in hand for me in the summer season. I get bogged down by the heat and humidity and I just don’t feel like doing anything. Summer doldrums are real for me. I feel extremely lazy and lethargic and I don’t like it.

That’s one reason why I look forward to fall weather so very much. When the temperatures cool down and the humidity moves out, I’m such a happier person.

Fall weather, with its balmy yet sunny days and cool, brisk nights, perks me up, invigorating me to awaken out of my summer slump and get motivated.

Hopefully, it will entice me to write some more meaningful blog posts as well. So I’m ready to say goodbye to summer. I am glad for the glads, but this sweaty Mama is so ready to move on.

“It’s a sure sign of summer if the chair gets up when you do.” ~ Walter Winchell

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Mama of this empty nest, I’m content to live a quiet, country life with my husband of 40+ years and to view the gorgeous sunsets off my own back yard deck. Mama to three adults and Nana to adorable grandchildren, my empty nest fills up again with noise and laughter when they all return 'home'. A former English teacher, reporter/editor, education director for a non-profit organization, and stay at home mom, I retired after a season of substitute teaching at a private academy. Now I enjoy time spent with my grandchildren and family and writing words that seem to pour out of my soul or wandering around the countryside with my camera. Foremost, my faith sustains me as I meander through the empty nest stage of life. My favorite scripture is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

7 thoughts on “Glad for the glads but…

  1. Love, love, love glads! I remember my grandmother having a beautiful peach – colored one. I managed to save maybe a half dozen blooms (from the deer) this summer by using netting. I will miss summer and the freedom from jackets/sweaters/coats/gloves/boots…! But when fall comes, it will be nice to don a sweater and tie a scarf around my neck!

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    1. Yes, the glades make me…well…glad! 😉 I’m always ready for fall. The hot, humid weather of summer just drags me down. But I will miss the long hours of daylight that we enjoy in the summer.

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  2. IMO this has been the strangest, hottest summer ever. We’ve had periods of very high heat and humidity, followed by a day or so of “nice” weather, quickly replaced by more heat and humidity (and the storms just RAGE when they come). It’s been hard to keep the gardens and yard looking good (too hot to be outside digging and wedding and planting), and two-thirds of my (8000 square foot) lawn is dead (except for the crabgrass – and, boy, do we have a LOT of crabgrass this year). I long for the summers of my youth – pleasant sunny days with the odd evening thunderstorm to keeps things well watered. Unfortunately, I think we’re past all that; the predictions for the next 4 years don’t look so good. I do love your glads and I plan to plant lavender when I build my “full sun” gardens next year (the sooner I can eliminate some of the grass that doesn’t want to grow, the better!) Hopefully things will cool down and we can all get back to some serious outdoor living. Enjoy the waning days of summer.

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    1. It has been an odd summer. We’ve had the same kind of weather you have had, except that we have had enough rain to keep the grass green. The weeds have been thriving too unfortunately, and it is such a job to keep them at bay! Hope you can enjoy what’s left of summer too, Margo.

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  3. While you have the heat to deal with we have the rain. I love that we live in an area with tons of waterfalls and the rain is part of what makes them so beautiful but … it does wear on me at times. Your glads are beautiful.

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    1. We have had some cooling rain, but nothing like you all are getting and those in the central part of our state are also swamped under. This is the first summer in quite awhile that our yard has stayed green all summer long. Those gladiolas did turn out beautiful, didn’t they?

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