, Salty Pumpkin Studio: The Importance of Summer

25 June 2020

The Importance of Summer

Yellow Pear Tomatoes
As a child...
Words that many a summer story can begin with.

Summer is not a long season in New England. Global warming or not, the temperatures outdoors aren't always summer hot perfect. A wet summer can keep you indoors so much, summer can feel like it hasn't begun. The same can happen when heat waves keeps us indoors, cooled by air conditioning.

Summer is a season of Openings...cottages, cabins, camps, ice cream stands, beaches, roadside veggie stands, fireworks and pools. And then there is this Pandemic Year  dimming the sunshine in our lives with Closed signs.

Don't let that burden you more by opening your mind to experience as much of summer being summer as possible. Make a commitment to participate in Summer being summer in your own way, opening you heart to immerse yourself in the flavors, scents, and atmosphere that means summer the most to you.

  • Buy at a farmer's market
  • Eat a fresh garden tomato
  • Dine al fresco
  • Have corn on the cob, watermelon, and popsicles
  • Decorate for the 4th of July
  • Write down old light and cheerful summer memories
  • Paint plein air
  • Create your own potato salad recipe
  • Wear sunscreen in a scent that smells of summer
  • Shop for sandals
  • Decorate a pair of sunglasses, be classy and glamorous
  • Use an umbrella as a parasol when in the sun
  • Sit quietly and enjoy the wind
  • Read...Good Reads... Books with the word summer in the title


  1. Nice simple doable ideas. I always know the season has turned when the local farm opens its sales place. You can see the crops in the fields as you buy them.

    1. Hello Liz,
      A vegetable farm has a nice scent in summer, fresh soil and produce.

  2. Great suggestions! So many shared experiences of summer--regardless of who you are or where you live.

    1. Hello Jenclair,
      I wondered when typing how the different time zones and continents would be sharing summer experiences.

  3. so agree especially in these crazy times

    1. Hello Kathy,
      The list is getting longer. Peach Ice Cream Day is 17 July. lol

  4. Your list makes me realise what a world away we live from each other in terms of our environments and local cultures. There are only a few of the things that you have mentioned that I could easily do in my summer here.

    1. Hello Graham,
      Dining al fresco I try to do when the weather is good. So far this year, I've gone out to lunch in the car and on the deck. I buy lunch at a Vermont deli, go to the park in Upstate New York. If I'm asked what I've done that day...I say I went out to lunch in New York. Sounds classy. lol

  5. Thank you for the suggestions. This was a nice post. I'm going to eat a tomato and read a good book outside!

    1. Hello Debra,
      Wear a bib! Fresh tomatoes are juicier than store bought.
      I can't eat and read. I have slob issues. I should make a clay tomato seed and wear it as a pin.

  6. Good ideas ~ Summer is so short ~ enjoy ^_^

    Be Safe, Be Well,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

    1. Hello Carol,
      Your lovely photos of Cape Ann make summer feel longer.

  7. Maywyn your list is great...I think if we all do some of these suggestions we will look back in time and remember this summer as one of enjoying simple pleasures. Hope you are having a great evening. Hugs!

    1. Hello Debbie,
      The list is still getting longer as I remember things.

  8. All good simple suggestions for things to do to enjoy the season, all proving that you don't need to spend a lot of money or 'go places' to find enjoyment.

    1. Hello Maryanne,
      Not going places can be a new avenue to a different future.

  9. Replies
    1. Hello Shilpa,
      As I remember more things to do for summer, I notice they're mainly food. lol


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