Summer Lovin’

Boy diving into swimming pool

After surviving my first New England winter, I find myself appreciating summer even more than usual. Here are a few of my favorite things about the warm season, humidity aside.

There’s no snow!

Snow in front of house

Everything is green again.

Minuteman National Park, MA

Going to the farm for fresh produce.

Pick Your Own produce board

Farm produce

Farm produce

cherry tomatoes




With luck, a tripβ€”or two or threeβ€”to the beach.

Shell Beach sunset


Flowers on farm

Sweet William flowers


Being able to grow plants inside and out. (Our house is so dark in the winter that my houseplants have to crowd around the living room window just to survive.)

coleus plant

dianthus flowers

Did I mention the lack of snow?

Snow on front walk

What are some of your favorite things about summer?

Join us next week when Rolynn Anderson stops by to chat about her new book Fear Land.

About Gwen Hernandez

Author of SCRIVENER FOR DUMMIES & the Men of Steele romantic suspense series. Manufacturing engineer turned writer. Scrivener instructor, runner, reader, explorer, Kung Fu sifu, AF spouse, mom, vegan.

Posted on August 18, 2015, in Gwen Hernandez and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. SIGH!
    I remember feeling sorry for you last winter when you sent around those snow pictures. Now I’m nostalgically remembering all the wonderful summers I spent in Maine as a teen. I’ve lived in the south so long that I forget summer used to be my favorite season. πŸ™‚

    This is my first summer in SWFL. What I like best is the silence and emptiness. Two-thirds of the population have migrated like birds back to the north so there are empty streets, parking spaces, restaurants and I can walk my dogs for forty minutes on wooded paths in my neighborhood and not come across another soul. Is it awful for me to like the apocalyptic stillness of this isolation? πŸ™‚

    Gorgeous pictures, Gwen! Enjoy the mild, lazy days.

  2. What I love about summer is the endless light and the physical and emotional boost of energy it brings. Everyone is more relaxed. And there’s NO SNOW! Yay! Lovely post Gwen.

  3. This is my first summer in CA since we moved here (part time) in 2001…now that we’ve sold our ‘summer’ home, our boat. Since the temperature here in Arroyo Grande stays around 70-80, people flock to our beaches to escape inland hellish heat-during their kids’ summer vacations. I’ve never seen crowds like this! Still, I like being here in the summer. For the first time I got to enjoy the fruit from our fruit trees (instead of friends tending to the fruit-picking while we were gone on the boat). Summer golf is fun; even better, driving around with the top down on my B’day convertible. Heck, I feel 10 years younger this summer!

    • Rolynn: You’re in one of my favorite areas! We used to live just down the road from you in Santa Maria. I drove to Cal Poly everyday for grad school, and stopped to run at Shell or Pismo Beach on my way home. We’ll be heading back to CA after my husband retires and I can’t wait for year round perfect weather again. BTW, the ocean pic above is from a stop to run at Shell Beach on our college hunting trip in the spring. πŸ˜‰

    • You sold your boat! 😦 That’s sad news.
      Hope you’re not anywhere near all those Godawful fires.

      See you next week, Rolynn, thanks for stopping by!!

  4. My favorite things about summer include all of the fresh fruits and vegetables, the long days filled with sunlight, and lying on the beach reading. πŸ™‚
    I love your photos, Gwen. They’re beautiful!!! And thank you for reminding us about the joys of summer.

  5. Those pictures make me hungry! Okay, not the plant and snow ones, the watermelon and other food ones. Glad the snow is gone, Gwen. I honestly can’t begin to imagine having that much snow. The last time it snowed here in northeast Florida (anything verifiable and measurable) was 1989. We probably had two inches on the ground and the whole city was shut down for days.

    • LOL, Lena, food p0rn. πŸ˜‰ Yeah, I couldn’t imagine that much snow either, and looking at those pictures now makes me shudder. I can only hope we don’t break any more snow records this winter. I remember shut downs in AZ and AL from snow. People laugh, but when you have no equipment or supplies to deal with it, what else can you do?

  6. You picked an excellent year to move to New England… we had one heck of a record-breaking winter in MA. The snow piles were significantly taller than me, cycling to work was an adventure, and our public transportation pretty much collapsed. Good times! (Have I mentioned I don’t even like snow or winter sports?)

    Favourite things about summer are the long days (sunlight! OMG!) and being underwater. Except the brutal winter meant the water was under 50F at depth (~10m/30ft) until not that long ago, so no scuba diving up here this season for me! I did get to spend a week diving in the warmth of the tropical Pacific (yes, in my drysuit), so I can’t complain too much πŸ™‚

    • No kidding, Cris. Welcome to New England, right? I actually “escaped” to New Jersey for a week in February to get away from it. Never thought I’d say that!

      Glad you got in some diving. I was going to say, isn’t the Pacific colder than the Atlantic? πŸ˜‰ Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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