Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Is it Over Yet?
Summer doesn't have a lot going for it.
• It's miserably hot.
• New movies are geared to middle-schoolers.
• Said middle-schoolers run rampant in ice cream parlors and shopping malls.
• Museums take the opportunity to remodel and repair, closing off some of my favorite wings.
• Nasty, creepy bugs feel free to emerge from hiding.
• People go on vacation, making it harder to schedule meetings or do business (no, I'm not a vacationer!).
• Light sherberts (why bother) replace pumpkin ice cream in store freezers.
• Unlike sweaters, summer clothes usually have to be ironed.
I could go on.
So, like Joanna (though for a different reason!), I use summer for making holiday gifts. It's one way of ignoring the worst of the four seasons: pretend it's just a lull to allow preparation for fall, when the new theater and music seasons begin, and winter, which is a treat in itself.
From now until Labor Day, I'll work on handmade presents, even wrapping a few in order to store them more efficiently. I'll prepare my mailing list and gather materials for card-making.
So far, I've knitted a few (tiny) afghans that will go on miniature chairs and couches in the next dollhouse. I'll work on the house through the summer and then donate it to a local school for their holiday raffle in December (now there's a month I treasure).
The only way to get through summer is to count off the days till it's over.
What's your worst season?