We earn our New England summers!

It is currently mid-July and I can feel myself starting to panic that the summer will be over before we know it. Living in New England, we earn our summer! The winters are long and harsh. By the time March rolls around, we are all frozen to the deepest parts of our souls and we are convinced that we will never feel warm again. The spring weather is not much better. It is often erratic-we never know what to expect from one day to the next...sometimes one hour to the next. A few picture perfect days are sprinkled in between the ever present rain, wind, & even snow storms, but these days just tend to tease us and leave us feeling betrayed by Mother Nature. Once again our hopes are dashed and we are convinced that the winter will never, EVER die. Then, one day it happens! The sun starts shining, the birds start tweeting, the world is green again, and you can see the people start to peek their heads out of their winter shelters and head out into their yards. We can literally feel our bones thaw out and we know that we have made it. We have earned our prize for surviving another New England winter...it's summer! We are still skeptical for a little bit, it is often well into June before I assure myself it is safe to pack my winter coats away for the season, but the sun holds out and we are eventually securely into the lazy, hazy days of summer again. It's beautiful, there is no place I would rather live in the summer. But, alas, it is fleeting. We know we have to soak up every drop of sunshine and make every day count. The long winter hibernation will be here again before we know it. Autumn in New England is pretty spectacular as well, the weather even rivaling the summer months with warm days; fresh, crisp air at night; beautiful foliage & everything smelling of pumpkin and spice. the problem I have with Autumn is that it is hard to appreciate it when you know what comes next. Granted, there are plenty of people who love the snow and the cold, I am just not one of them. I do admit that it can be pretty and fun for a day or two, but I envy the people who enjoy it for longer than that! I am a summer girl through and through, Every year I vow that I will appreciate each day, despite the weather. I try to keep the mindset that each day is a gift, and that with the right attitude (and lots of layers of clothing) you can make any weather fun. But it is a battle each and every winter day to appreciate it!

So, I am going to live in the here and now and try not to panic about what is to come. I will focus on my perfect summer day, which would go a little something like this (wearing the accompanying outfit, of course!)...

1) Go for a ride on my horse. I complain all winter long that weather is too cold and icy to ride, so I want to make sure I appreciate the beautiful riding weather while I have it.

2) Hang with my pups...maybe take them on a walk so they can take a dip in a local pond. Nothing makes me happier than seeing them happy!

3) Relax by the pool or go to the beach. We are so lucky to live near the ocean, I need to remember to take advantage of that!

4) Hang with friends on warm summer evenings. Life gets so busy, I need to remember to take time to spend with the people that make life worth living. Maybe go out for drinks, or even an outdoor concert. So many options in the summer!

5) End the night with friends and family around a fire pit. Perfection!

That's it...that would be a perfect summer day for me! What would yours be? Make sure you find some time and make some summer memories! Feel free to share your ideal summer day in the comments, I'd love to hear them!

Long live summer 2018! Please don't leave us too soon!!

xoxo, Renee

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