I love summer. I love the thick green landscape, the shade provided by a big leafy cottonwood tree, the sound of the leaves blowing on a warm summer day, the glorious sunsets over a calm Minnesota lake, the warmer tones of my skin, the easy wardrobe of shorts and tank tops and flip flops, the long daylight hours, and patio suppers we have. But have you noticed how hard it is to truly appreciate these things when you are in the middle of your summer schedule? There’s one thing after another to do and be done and that’s all on top of day to day living like cooking, cleaning, paying bills, and grocery shopping. I forced myself to carve out some time to write a blog post because I fear it will be the only one I have time for in July. Summer is not for the faint of heart! You are so busy making the most of your summer and the precious few months you get of it that it passes by in such a quick blur you have no time to stop and appreciate why you love it so much in the first place. And that’s why I say thank goodness for winter because as cold and dark as it can get it gives you the opportunity to remember and reflect on those summer memories that happened too fast.