Some folks love the longer days of summer but I’m not one of those folks. I look so forward to this day, when many folks are celebrating the longest day of the year, I’m celebrating that the days are getting shorter. Even though summer on the calendar is just beginning, I guess the way I look at it is this: Summer has to begin before it can end! When I think of summer, I think of miserable heat, bugs, dust and non-stop watering the garden. Don’t get me wrong . . summer is an integral part of the seasons and I appreciate the benefits . . the garden grows during the summer but by the end of summer, we’re so ready for a respite from the heat, the bugs, the dust and yes . . the vegetables to be put up.
As of today, our sunrise time was 6:31 a.m. and our sunset time is 8:44 p.m. That means I’m outside by about 6:15 a.m. letting chickens out, retrieving SD cards from game cameras, replenishing food and water for critters, turning on sprinklers for watering before it gets too hot. It also means that we’re dragging our tired selves in about 9:00 p.m. after replacing SD cards in game cameras, replenishing food and water for critters, turning off sprinklers that were turned on after the sun began going down . . it’s a cycle that’s repeated every day and while I’m not working outside all day, the outside work consumes most of my energy.
By July 21, our sunrise will be 6:45 a.m. and our sunset will be 8:39 p..m. The later sunrise and earlier sunset come gradually but by November 29, our sunrise will be 7:09 a.m. and sunset will be 5:34 p.m. That’s almost 3 hours earlier in the evening when we’ll be done with the chores outside, have time to sit and read or chat or knit! As you might guess, I also don’t look forward to winter solstice, which will be December 21, because that means the days will begin to get longer and summer will be here again!
The earlier sunset makes it harder or folks who work and then come home and have to take care of cattle, gardens or whatever but the grass isn’t growing, the garden isn’t producing massive amounts, the chickens are in the coops earlier . . life for us is much slower paced and more relaxing during the fall, winter and early spring so you can see why summer isn’t my favorite season.
It has to come . . and I’ll be happy to see it go. In the meantime, I’ll remind myself of the benefits of summer . . if I can think of any! 🙂