Yesterday, our first day of summer, arrived with a cold, rainy day. It actually felt more like fall!
We have to laugh about our ever-changing Midwestern weather or I’m afraid we’d be crying all the time. Thankfully, there are plenty of signs of summer to remind me the rain will turn to super humid, hot pool ready days again soon.
Five Signs Of Summer (Besides the weather):
ONE: Summer flowers blooming!
The highway medians overflow with blooming wildflowers. I love to see the yellow from the black-eyed Susan flowers as I drive along running errands. In my own yard, trumpet vine appears on part of the backyard fence along with the wild honeysuckle. My tropical milkweed is blooming in the front yard:
Soon I hope to see my favorite monarch butterflies visiting the yard.
TWO: Natural outdoor lights begin to turn on just before dark becoming brighter as the sun finally sets.
During the daytime, the natural light sources (aka lightning bugs or fireflies) seek shelter among my plants and flowers. I’ll have to read a few tips (feel free to share them if you know any) of how to capture a photo during the twilight hours. Standing outside taking in the sight of the first few bugs lighting up the night is one of my favorite summer things.
THREE: Taffy in the grocery store!
Admittedly, a bit of a silly one. And yes, I have a taffy problem. However, when I see the self-serve bins of taffy in the seasonal aisle of Hy-Vee, I know summer’s arrived. On a healthier note, fresh produce is also abundant again.
FOUR: Road construction everywhere!
To be fair, I’m mentioning one of my not favorite things. However, it is certainly everywhere and a sure sign of summer. We drove through our fair share on our way to Minnesota. And the weekend we arrived home, an entire section of I-70 shut down for bridge work over the course of 2 nights.
Since I don’t have any pictures of orange cones or concrete barriers to share, here’s a photo of a lovely Minnesota road. And I must give a special shout out to those Minnesota construction road signs, I loved them even if I couldn’t manage a photo.
Slower traffic, move right.
Merge right, take turns.
Ha! If only we could put take turns on so many signs around here. Our road signs (and drivers) could certainly use the extra directive.
FIVE: Slower paced, simpler days
It’s just before 5 on Thursday as I put together this post. No need to hurry up and get dinner started as there aren’t any school functions to rush off and attend. No homework battles looming. We can eat at 6 or 7:30, doesn’t matter.
Some of us, can spend plenty of time improving our Tetris score and showing it off on the television screen: (Note: This is J, not me. My talents do not include high achievements in Tetris).
What are some signs of summer for you?