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Postcard to summer

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Dear Summer:

I won’t lie to you. You were a brutal beast this year. You put a beat down on all of us here in Georgia for three straight relentless months. My energy bill has never been higher, clothes have never felt stickier and the air has been some of the heaviest in memory.

I appreciate the delicious, consumable bounty you throw our way; e.g. tomatoes, watermelon and cucumbers. And I am certainly grateful for you warming the ocean waters so we can take breaks from our daily grinds and enjoy long, lazy days filled with sandy beaches and umbrella drinks.

But I hope you don’t mind when I say that I’m not sad to see you leaving us (hopefully) in the next month or so. I will certainly miss your lukewarm nights and snacking al fresco to a cicada soundtrack while watching your flame slowly fade into the magic hour. But I think most of us are ready for the cooling.

I’m ready to throw on some layers and feel soft, brushed wool against my skin. And I am ready to eat ragù slow-cooked on stove tops and have seconds, probably thirds, of some buttery shepherd’s pie.

So, so long to you summer. And please, don’t mess about with my suspicions and wear out your welcome. Get on with it.

- by Gene Lee, Food and More blog

15 comments Add your comment

BlueRidgeRick

August 30th, 2011
2:40 pm

You never hear me complain about the heat. This is Atlanta, it’s supposed to be hot! I hope it stays hot into January. You will hear me complain all winter about how cold it is.

Rodney

August 30th, 2011
4:14 pm

Rick … I’d kick you in the shins if I could. :) JUST KIDDING … sorta … I’m SO dang ready for fall/winter with its stews, cassoulets, soups, roasts … it’s just too dang hot to eat like that now.

Reds

August 30th, 2011
4:23 pm

I’m with Gene. I love tomatoes, but I’d rather a hearty stew. And being under a blanket.

Lorenzo

August 30th, 2011
4:39 pm

I’d rather have the oppressive heat than those winter 18 degree mornings that “Hotlanta” is capable of now and then.

StylinGirl

August 30th, 2011
4:40 pm

StylinGirl

August 30th, 2011
4:40 pm

to what Gene said. Not the post above.

Bubb

August 30th, 2011
5:24 pm

As long as there are no 10-inch, or 4-inch snows this winter, I’ll muddle through somewhat happily. But I love spring and summer. Give me the hot.

KEAD

August 30th, 2011
6:00 pm

I really detest summer. Yes, I know I live in the wrong part of the country, but there’s nothing I can do about that at the moment.

Theresa

August 30th, 2011
6:26 pm

I’m looking forward to chili, pot roast, Beef Stroganoff, stews, and soups. Bring on the cool weather!

1164mgc

August 30th, 2011
7:09 pm

Don’t like the summer OR the winter! I’m looking forward to Fall. And I’m sick of tomato sammiches by now but I know I’ll be wanting one in January!

Colly

August 30th, 2011
10:51 pm

Good riddance, Summer 2011. Bring on the brrrrrr!!!!!

carla roqs

August 31st, 2011
8:29 am

i agree with gene. it is much easier to get warm than it is to get cool. bye bye, summer, bye bye.

Vic

August 31st, 2011
8:59 am

I love the fall. Good riddance HEAT!

PTC DAWG

August 31st, 2011
12:21 pm

Loves the heat…cooking outside by the pool….nice golf cart rides to see the sunset…Although 65 degree nights and 85 degree days would be nice year round. :)

Jenn

August 31st, 2011
6:00 pm

I love summer! Guess I’m the only one. I’m a summer girl all the way. I’ll miss the fresh sweet corn, watermelon, cucumbers, etc. But the warmth and smell of a pot roast cooking on a cold day might get me through the winter…