Guest Blog – The Contessa – I hate Summer!

The Contessa is back with another Guest Blog especially for you, dear Diva Readers!!!!

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Spring has sprung in New York and all the flowers are in bloom. But we’ve already had some 90 degree plus days and that’s not spring, that’s summer. I HATE SUMMER! There – I said it and I’m not going to apologize for it. Let me explain….As a child, I never got sick during the school year. All my childhood diseases…mumps, chicken pox and whopping cough I managed to get right in the middle of Summer. As an adult, my one major surgery and my heart attack both happened…you guessed it…in the summer. I hate bugs, humidity and sweaty people. I HATE SUMMER.

However, there are a few things I love about summer…fresh veggies, my central air conditioning, a crystal clear swimming pool, Saratoga Springs and cold plates.

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The Contessa,
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Author: Toma Clark Haines

Toma Clark Haines is a Global Tastemaker, Speaker, Writer & Entrepreneur; and founder and CEO The Antiques Diva® & Co, Europe, Asia and America's largest Antiques Sourcing & Touring Company.

  • I absolutely agree with you. I hate Summer, well, I dislike Summer. It's my least favorite season. I usually save my vacation for the Fall because I hate doing anything in the heat of Summer and Fall is so beautiful here in New England.

    I only like Summer when I am sitting on a deck or porch with a cool drink in my hand and I am staring at the ocean. The ocean always makes it better.

  • Phivos,
    You & me both! I dont like heat, but I LIVE for SUMMERTIME!

    Sanity Fair,
    I ENVY YOU the light fresh foods year round!!!! After returning from Italy I've been dishing up veggies, veggies, veggies and loving it now that my favorites are in season again!

  • Alicia,
    I love that you said "no amount of nakedness" … that cracks me up!!!!

    Contessa,
    So true… people do get touchy about these things!!! HA… Funnily enough, I was looking at booking a hotel in Croatia later this summer and as I was showing it to my husband I discovered that it was a NATURALIST HOTEL! Needless to say that was NOT INTENDED! I was so glad to discover the fact BEFORE booking the hotel and NOT after showing up!!!

    Cheers,
    The Diva

  • How true ALicia…..They tend to get a little touchy around here if you walk around outside naked. TEE HEE

  • Heat & humidity, yes Im not a fan either. I always say you can bundle up in winter for warmth but now amount of nakedness can squelch the 99 degrees & who wants to live indoors.
    Must go you may me hungry….