May is beautiful in Kansas. Everything is green and lush and the temperature is usually pleasant.
The summer heat will be here before we know it. And I am having a hard time getting excited about summer this year.
Now that I am back on my feet after all those difficult months, now that I am backing running my own home and cooking for my family, I am wishing it was autumn. Isn't that funny?
I kind of missed the holidays this last year. I did very few holiday activities and no holiday cooking or baking. I didn't even attend Thanksgiving dinner. Now I am craving that turning inward that happens in the fall, the gathering around the hearth on the dark, chilly evenings. I find myself wanting to bake with pumpkin and cranberries. And decorate a Christmas tree. I want the months back that I missed. But they are gone, and I know that I gave them to the best of causes: two sweet, beautiful baby girls that I don't know how I ever lived without. No question of whether or not it was worth it.
So I am trying to reboot my brain to gear up for summer. It may not be my favorite season, but it does have much to enjoy. Fireflies. Barbeques. Summer reading at the library. Popsicles. Watermelon.
Help me out here. What do you love about summer?