This time of the year is always bittersweet for me. Summer, without a doubt, is my favorite season. Being the gardener that I am, I guess this comes as no surprise. The weather is still nice for now, but it's getting darker earlier as the days go on. Soon, it will be too dark to work outside in the evenings and then my focus will shift to the inside. There's no lack of work to do in the house, but I'd much rather be outside working in the dirt.
Last year, I vowed to not tackle any projects in the house when I could be outside instead. I made a concerted effort to get a lot of stuff done in the house in the winter. That enabled me to not feel guilty about working outside once the weather turned nice. I don't know why I didn't think of this system earlier--it only makes sense.
It's funny because in the spring each year I wonder just how I'm going to get all of my housework done once I start working outside. I keep my self pretty busy during the cold months so it's always a challenge to make the switch. I always seem to manage (but I'm always behind on housework in the warm months. hmm.).
Another thing that changes with the seasons is the way I cook. While there's still plenty of grilling time left in the year, I'm already thinking about soups and stews. But, given the choice, I would definitely take the fresh vegetables and grilling of the summer over the soups and stews of the fall and winter.
I guess what I'm really trying to say is that I can't believe that another summer is almost over. Time is moving too quickly these days.