How about you?  What does summer mean to you?

Would love to see some photos….

A busy little bee was buzzing in a patch of sunflowers.

What good is the warmth of summer without the cold of winter to give it sweetness?  Steinbeck

Minnesotans respond to a winter weather forecast of -30 with swagger. We see ourselves as resilient or enduring the brutal cold, and proclaim with something akin to pride & “Bring it.”

But, oh, how we love summer. Summer is the reward for making the best of snow and ice with ice carvings and snow forts-skyways and 60″ annual snowfall.

There are 15 weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and you can usually count on one or two of those weekends getting “rained out.” So we book cabins on one our 10,000 lakes by first of March, plan summer BBQ’s as the ice is melting and plan reunions, vacations and gatherings well in advance.

And sweet it is as all of Minnesota throws off any pretense that we love winter. We rush outside to embrace the sun-soaking up the vitamin D that we surely lack from our long, cold winters-and celebrate a landscape that is lush, green and full of the sounds of summer. Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…..just take a look:

A really big fish

A really big fish

little bitty fish

little bitty fish

I get dizzy just watching all the rides at the amusement park

I get dizzy just watching all the rides at the amusement park

sibling reunion at the Perry Farm

sibling reunion at the Perry Farm

little bare feet sunning by the pool

little bare feet sunning by the pool

Biking around the park in a surrey with a fringe on top.

Biking around the park in a surrey with a fringe on top.

Summer thunderstorm

Summer thunderstorm

summer isn't summer without roses

summer isn’t summer without roses

A busy little bee was buzzing in a patch of sunflowers.

A busy little bee was buzzing in a patch of sunflowers.

Craft fairs-I bought the barn wood planter-I love handmade things in my home and yard

Craft fairs-I bought the barn wood planter-I love handmade things in my home and yard

sunglasses-reflecting the lake

sunglasses-reflecting the lake

little boys wearing sunglasses-too cute

little boys wearing sunglasses-too cute

fishing at sunset

fishing at sunset

Turtle festival with a really cute pretend turtle.

Turtle festival with a really cute pretend turtle.

sisters making funny faces-why, you might ask? because it is summer and you can be silly when the air is hot and sticky

sisters making funny faces-why, you might ask? because it is summer and you can be silly when the air is hot and sticky

Our niece, Dianne, enjoying a Minnesota pastime-spending the day at the lake.

Our niece, Dianne, enjoying a Minnesota pastime-spending the day at the lake.

Recliners just beg for someone to recline with them

Recliners just beg for someone to recline with them