How I Coped with Summer

I’m Abbie Johnson Taylor, and I wrote this post.



Now that fall has come, I reflect back to “those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer,” and as the song says, I wish we could just stay in that season. Like most, this past summer went by way too fast. It wasn’t as long or hot as other summers. Of course, like everyone else, I complained about the heat, but I had my ways of dealing with it.

The window air conditioning unit in the spare room was my best friend. With the help of ceiling fans scattered throughout the house, it kept things pretty cool. I drank plenty of water, as I always do. With a few pieces of ice, it also kept me cool. Then of course, there was my old pal, Dr. Pepper. It was just what the doctor ordered, although it took away some of the water I drank, but that was okay because I could always drink more water.

On summer evenings when the weather cooled, I sat in my back yard and did email or read a book, slapping mosquitos when necessary and eventually moving indoors to avoid being bitten. I sometimes went with friends to concerts in the park, where we bought ice cream at a nearby stand.

In the early mornings before it got hot, I took long walks by the creek, feeling the cool breeze caress my bare legs and arms. It was a great way to start a hot summer day.

When I was growing up, my family often took trips to the mountains to cool off during the summer, but now, my family is either dead or scattered across the country, and I don’t have many opportunities to visit the highlands, especially since I don’t drive.

In my younger adult years, I attended a camp for the visually impaired on Casper Mountain, approximately 200 miles south, then west of Sheridan, Wyoming, where I now live. Here, I made friends and learned computer and other skills and had plenty of opportunities to walk in the woods and enjoy nature. Although the camp is still there today, there’s no adult program anymore due to an unwillingness by the state and other entities to pay for it.

Now, summer is gone, and fall is upon us. I already miss those days of relaxing in my back yard with a Dr. Pepper and a good book, the sounds of band music floating through the air at the park, the salted caramel ice cream I enjoyed during such a concert. Oh well, there’s always next year, isn’t there?

How did you cope with summer heat? Are you glad fall is here? Why or why not?


I’m the author of a romance novel, two poetry collections, and a memoir. My work has appeared in The Avocet and Magnets and Ladders. I have a visual impairment and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my late husband, who was totally blind and partially paralyzed by two strokes. Before that, I worked as a registered music therapist in a nursing home and other facilities that served senior citizens. For more information, please visit my website and blog.


Author Abbie Johnson Taylor

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How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

That’s Life: New and Selected Poems

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21 thoughts on “How I Coped with Summer

  1. Abbie, your summer sounds delightful–back yard, band music, Dr. Pepper. I loved summer when it meant horses and swimming and no school, but now I dread the heat, and I’m a mosquito magnet, so I stay inside most of the time. And I complain–I believe that, as a Texan, I have a right to complain about the weather.

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    1. I don’t blame you, Kathy, for wanting to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. My late husband suffered from West Nile Virus a couple of years before we were married. He was laid up for several months. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Thank you for your comment.


  2. Summer is wonderful, as we are no longer haying or harvesting in 98 degree weather. I love sitting on my deck in my camp rocking chair, eating under the umbrella covered table, or sitting down on our patio in my swing, enjoying the flowers rimming the area and the hummingbird moth checking the petunias each evening. We don’t have many other bugs, although a praying mantis hit my shoulder on her way to the concrete one eve. And pulling our camper to a mountain or lake nearby. Enjoyed all of these things this past summer. Have finally matured enough to not want snow anymore. Your summer sounds wonderful too.

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  3. Ahh, yes, the days of summer are long gone. We didn’t get much time to get out and enjoy the sunshine because of moving and writing keeps me indoors. in the north, we enjoy getting out and sitting by the lake. A picnic is always nice. Thanks for the nice read. Barb

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  4. You’ve just made me drool for hot weather, Abbie. We had very few warm sunny days this past summer, even 70 deg F would have been a really really hot day in my part of Scotland! It was also much windier than I’d have expected with quite a lot of very strong winds but not quite gales. So far the autumn is also very windy and the colder air is now sometimes coming down from the arctic. I’ll be getting my gloves and scarf out soon- oh, dear. Enjoy your autumn now!

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    1. I always think I’d like to visit Scotland, but I don’t think I’d want to live there. Outlander is one of my favorite shows, but it always seems fair on the show. Cher’ley


  5. I always think I’d like to visit Scotland, but I don’t think I’d want to live there. Outlander is one of my favorite shows, but it always seems fair on the show. Cher’ley


  6. There’s one song that will take me back to the summer after I graduated from high school. It’s ‘In the Summertime’ by Mungo Jerry. Once again I’m sitting in my friend Larry’s Chevy with my pals cruising to Marietta, Ohio, with the song blaring from the AM radio. It’s the summer of 1970, and all lives lay ahead of us. It’s like I’m young again, yet at the same time it’s a bit sad… Larry did earlier this year.

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  7. Your summer sounds lovely, Abbie! I didn’t get to spend as much time at the cabin this year as I have in the past because summer came late and winter has arrived too early! But, I look forward to next year, spending more hours at the cabin and even to the remaining evenings of autumn when I can be in the backyard of our house in town and relish the colors and the less-hot sunshine! Wonderful post, my friend!

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  8. For me staying cool in the summer requires me to remember it is going to get hot. I use a strategy that I have used for years. Each morning I close all the windows to keep out the heat. IN the evenings I open them to open let in the cooler evening air.

    I also spend a lot of time on the back deck with a cool glass of Iced Tea. My time in the woods is rather restricted during the hotter summer days. Critters don’t like the heat any more than we do. So they hide deep in the woods to stay cool. So that makes them harder to find. Until summer returns I will pull out my sweatshirts and long pants and enjoy al the colors of Fall, and hope that winter is kind to us this year.

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