Dreams of summer, California

Dear readers, you and I both know I am the opposite of a naysayer and tend to look at the positive side of life. But I’m having a difficult time staying positive about the weather as we approach summer.

It seems like every time I turn on the TV and watch the weather forecast, there is some projection about the coming trend of wet and cold weather. It sometimes makes me wonder why I ever left the dry, warm weather of southern California.

I absolutely love the hot and dry climate out there, although the news has seen a little too much of hot and dry weather, with multiple fires out of control in southern California.

And then there is the perpetual brown dinge on the horizon out there called smog.

On the upside, here in the Northeast there’s lots of greenery, no earthquakes and more of a change of seasons than in California. Out there, they have only two seasons: hot and dry most of the year, and rainy in February.

I’m happy not to have experienced earthquakes here (although I knock on wood as I say this, not wanting to tempt fate.)

This time last year I was already in the lake. The water was still cold, but the air was warm enough to be in the lake. Not so this year, although I’m more than ready. I’ve had my swimsuits tailored to my figure (I’ve lost some weight) and even bought a new one from Land’s End, on sale. But when will I be able to start wearing them?

I’m writing this Monday, and the last two nights have been cold enough to have a fire in our wood stove.

Every place has its ups and downs when it comes to climate. I certainly don’t want to be in flood-prone or tornado-prone areas. And neither earthquakes nor wildfires appeal to me. I love the four seasons here. It just seems like winter has dragged on longer than usual, and that means a wet, cold spring and possibly shortened summer.

Thinking as positively as I normally do, though it may not be realistic, I look forward to a warming trend with an extra helping of sunshine for a summer to remember.

Maybe if we all think positively together, we can make it happen.

The flower sale and town barbecue at Sherman’s with open carousel and live music will have just happened when you read this. I plan to purchase some flowers for window boxes and my front flower garden, and hanging plants for outside my window. Let’s just hope we have the weather to sustain them as we look forward to summer.

Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in New York City and Los Angeles, now pursues freelance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns and contact information may be accessed at her website, www.kathrynskorner.com