let’s not rush summer

July 11, 2012 |  Category:   life seasonal

How’s your summer going so far? It’s a bit crazy because I am slowly starting to see back to school stuff in stores and online and I’ve even seen the dreaded “holiday” word thrown about. I guess in retail you have to think months ahead, but c’mon…really? I know that for kids in some states “back to school” is only a month away (how weird is it to go back to school in August?), but I feel like we just started here in New York. We still have 2 whole months of savoring summer fruits and produce, swimming in pools and oceans, and a trip to look forward to.


But I will acknowledge that I’m starting to come out of this puddle of unmotivated energy, something that I’ve been drowning in for the past 2 months. Normally this doesn’t emerge till September, that glorious month of new beginnings and cooler weather, but despite my desire to want to slow summer down I guess I am being chased by that nagging feeling of needing to do more and getting things done (yeah, there’s that evil “holiday” word creeping in again!).


But before it slips away, do enjoy those farmer’s market heirloom tomatoes and basil picked from your own potted garden. Like everything seasonal, it’s fleeting, but it does come with the comforted fact that we can look forward to them every year.

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  • Roseann July 11, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Beautiful tomato photo! The colors are fantastic.

  • Candace July 11, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Summer is not my season, I don’t like it all. I do love the produce; corn, peppers, citrus, tomatoes, etc., but I feel a bit disconnected and unsettled around this time of year. Maybe because there is so much hustle and bustle and people everywhere and noise. Fall is the time when I come alive and become the most creative. I usually get up early and have more energy. Summer, well, I feel like going into hibernation.

    Speaking of produce, love those photos!

  • dolittledesign July 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    The same here…We are enjoying farmers’ markets, grilled food, swimming and camps and a trip to look forward to. Don’t want to “get things done!”

  • Bobbi July 11, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Nice photo! We are also savoring the farmer’s market tomatoes, corn and green beans! It’s going way too fast though. I was in a store the other day and heard back-to-school advertising. It seems like it goes way too fast, so I am savoring the time with my daughter while she is on vacation! 🙂

  • Jen July 11, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Summer just started for us here in Seattle. The weather’s perfect right now. I’m trying to keep the quality over quantity mantra in my head. And I agree, there’s just something so great about eating with the season – it makes you appreciate what’s there now and also have something to look forward to.

  • janine July 11, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    We are still waiting for summer. We had a nice week at the end of May. Since then it has rained and rained – heavily. I’m beginning to think that we won’t have a summer at all. The children haven’t worn their shorts or new sandals. I wore my new sandals today but my feet were cold. :(sigh

  • Jenna July 11, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    @candace Summer wasn’t my season at all either, until I had kids!

    @Janine Hope you get some warmer weather soon. It’s going to be a little too hot here again soon – wish I can send you some of that.

  • Pink RonniePink Ronnie July 11, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Sounds so lovely. AT the moment, we’re wading through a winter full of colds and the flu. Not terribly nice. Looking forward to spring, I have to say.
    Ronnie xo

  • Vivian Doan July 12, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Jenna – sometimes you need to write about changing your outlook or being in the slumps about life or work, and then BLAM, everything changes and you see it all differently.
    I just got an email from Apple about buying a new iPad for University. And all the shops in my neighbourhood are already selling Fall clothing. It’s still summer, and it will be until the end of August for sure! We need to ignore those signs of Fall. Hello iced teas and Ice Cream and city pools.

  • Christine Witt (Brush Dance) July 12, 2012 at 1:49 am

    Really beautiful photographs.

    We’re one of those crazy “holiday” companies. We just started a “Christmas in July” thing and 2013 Calendars are already available on our website (and selling really well – so at least we know we’re not the only people thinking ahead). Still – it is a bit odd to be thinking about cold weather things when (even in the SF Bay Area) it’s 80+ degrees out there!

  • Mackenzi July 12, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Try actually working in an industry where it’s required to think so far ahead it makes your head spin. Holiday purchasing starts as soon as January. I’ve already schemed, sketched, planned and bought my entire holiday window and product assortment. If I hadn’t, I’d have missed out on actually getting the items (which are typically sold out by now) and press mentions. Yeah, retail!

  • Caroline July 12, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Hear, hear! Let’s not rush anything.