Lamenting Summer’s End


A photo of Brenda KippNot since I was child have I been sad to see summer end. By nature, I’m not a summer person. I dislike hot, humid weather. But this summer was unusual. June was quite warm, serving as a prelude for the coming heat. However, the uncomfortable, suffocating temperatures didn’t come. July and August were unusually cool and wet. That’s not to say it didn’t get hot on occasion, but those days were few and far between. We usually have several days of triple-digit temperatures at least once during the summer, but we never even made it to the century mark this year.

A few times during July and August, I turned the air conditioner off and opened up the house. If you’ve ever been in Kansas in the middle of the summer, you know how stifling it can be. It’s like sitting under a wet blanket out in the sun. Air conditioning is a must. So to be able to turn the A/C off and open up the house during what’s normally the hottest months of the year is highly unusual – and to do it more than once is unheard of!

Fall is my favorite season and I eagerly await its arrival after a long, hot summer, but to enjoy a summer such as the one we just had was so refreshing. It was like being in the Rocky Mountains! I talked to my brother, who lives in Colorado, several times this summer and he complained about how hot it was out there. Thanks to a dip in the jet-stream, we were enjoying their normal summer temperatures.

One of the benefits of having a cooler than normal summer is being able to get out and do yard work. Normally, I don’t get out in the yard at all during the summer months. This summer I was able to get out in the yard three times. It feels good to have a head start on the yard work I want to get done this fall. By the way, our grass usually dies at some point during the summer because of the heat and lack of moisture. We had green grass all summer long.


Another reason I hated to see summer come to an end is the availability of fresh garden produce. Several of my co-workers shared bounty from their gardens including tomatoes, zucchini, okra and sweet corn. I couldn’t help but grab several ears of sweet corn – and I picked up a couple of tomatoes for my mom.   

Brenda Kipp_1
9/16/2009 9:29:05 AM

I know what you mean about the sumacs, Cindy. Every August I look to the sumacs for the first sign of autumn. They seem to have a strange mixture of red and green here, too. I imagine from the cool, wet summer we had. I will check out your blog soon and leave a comment. Thanks!

Cindy Murphy
9/15/2009 8:32:59 PM

We were just commenting here about the sumacs the other day, Brenda. Usually the sumacs are the first to show any fall color; they're still green with just the tiniest hint of red, yet the red maples are in peak color. Everything this year seems to have bloomed or colored out of order. A side-effect of the cool summer, I imagine. Here, btw, is West Michigan, right along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Check out my view sometime right here on Grit's blog page: A Lakeside View.

Brenda Kipp_1
9/14/2009 4:44:26 PM

You're right, Wesley, The earth does go through cycles. It doesn't mean global warming isn't a scientific fact, but you'd never know it from the summer we just had here in Kansas! A popular saying with Kansas natives is: "If you don't like the weather, wait 15 minutes, it'll change." I could use one of those fans.:) Oh, Cindy, I wish I could see the flaming red maples! Some leaves have started to drop here, but not much color yet. The sumac is starting to turn red. It's still a little warm. I'm ready for the crisp fall air. Where do you live?

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