seasons

Avoiding the summertime blues…

clip art purchased from http://www.digialartsi.com

I make a card each month that I share with some members of my church and any other friends I think might need a little pick-me-up.  I know sending cards has gone out of fashion, but that’s precisely why I do it. I like giving people something to look forward to in their mailbox.

This purchased clip art made me think of summer the moment I saw it on Etsy and I was excited to put it together now that I’ve finally figured out how to manipulate the images in Microsoft Word.

My favorite part of this card is the joyous little sun. I know summer usually is a happy, relaxed time for most people, but I used to get really depressed.  Houston is just so hot for so long. We are already at least 90 degrees every afternoon and will not see cooler temperatures until the end of September (if we’re lucky).  There is also the constant specter of a hurricane when living this close to the coast.

clip art purchased from http://www.digitalartsi.com

However, a couple of years ago I discovered that by reframing my thoughts around summer and looking for the positives, I could make a difference in my mood.  It worked so well last year I once again came up with a bunch (well, actually a few) of the things that I really like about summer and will be replaying this list in my head for the next several months.

  • Cherries, though oddly enough I only started eating cherries a couple of years ago.  I generally don’t like messy food, such as ribs or wings, and I always avoided cherries because of the pits.  However, once I actually ate some, I decided the flavor was worth the mess and now eagerly look forward to their arrival in stores.
  • Watermelon- all I can say is yum!
  • Longer days- I have noticed that sunlight is a real mood booster for me.  Days are so long now it is still light outside when I go to bed.
  • Less traffic- no school means less congestion on my commute back and forth to work.
  • Fall stuff starts showing up in stores.  I know it sounds weird, but fall is my favorite season and I am a very anticipatory person.  I can deal with the heat and humidity a lot better when I can start shopping for pumpkins.

I hope my card recipients like this little visual burst of summer and that everyone is able to celebrate a happy and safe season!

clip art purchased from http://www.digitalartsi.com

2 thoughts on “Avoiding the summertime blues…

  1. I can certainly relate to your summertime blues. We lived in Florida for forty years. The older I got, the less I tolerated the heat. Preparing for hurricanes was also exhausting and time consuming. Three times in two years we dealt with the uncomfortable aftermath of storms, including no power, intense heat, and humidity–one time for twelve days. Now we live in the Midwest and I’m reveling in the seasons. Winter doesn’t even bother me. As a blogger from Minnesota wrote: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.” She’s right! You are right too, Denise, as you focus on the positive to help you cope. Here are a couple more of God’s blessings-of-summer to add to your list: 1) No need to bundle up in coat, scarf, gloves, and boots before leaving the house. 2) No need to allow time for scraping ice or snow off the car. 3) Air conditioning!!

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