Summer Lovin’

5 Jun

June 4 – Summer Lovin’

Sitting on the balcony watching a summer storm come in is a wonderful way to spend an evening. Summer is my favorite season.

Some of my favorite things about summer:

  • Abundance of ice cream
  • Warm weather
  • Spending evenings outside
  • Storms (Summer rainstorms always remind me of a Peter Rabbit video I had when I was little.)
  • Longer days and the sense of possibility they bring
  • Gardening

And since my blog schedule was kind of non-existent last week, I have a few bonus photos to share today. This year’s balcony garden has gotten off to a wonderful start.

What are your favorite things about summer? 


80 Responses to “Summer Lovin’”

  1. Renee June 5, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    To name a few . . . gardening, being outdoors, camping. Have a Great Day:)

    • Katie Barton June 5, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

      I’ll share a secret: I’ve only been camping once, and that was in the middle of Panama City so I’m not entirely sure it counts. My husband loves it though, he really wants me to try it out this Summer.

      • Blue Aventurine June 5, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

        As long as you are OK with bugs, you will have a blast. I miss camping (husband is a mosquito magnet) but still have all my gear… which came in useful when the power was out for days last year!

      • jrlambert June 5, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

        My wife was sure she would not love camping, but she is so hooked. She loves it. Out in nature, cooking over a campfire, away from the hustle and bustle. Good food, good company, good times. She LOVES camping now. She hates bugs, hates dirt, and should have every reason to hate it, but she loves it.

  2. Mikalee Byerman June 5, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    Summer storms are absolutely the BEST.

    Of course, since it SNOWED here last night, I supposed I’ll have to wait a bit for the sweet smell of sage, post-rain…


    • Katie Barton June 5, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

      Oh wow! I can’t imagine snow this time of year. Where are you?

      • Mikalee Byerman June 5, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

        Reno, Nevada — it snowed today, too. 😦

        But on the plus side: We typically have four gorgeous seasons and 320 days of sunshine. It’s just a CRAZY weather year!

      • Katie Barton June 5, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

        Crazy. I’ve never been to Nevada, but it never makes me think of snow. Do you guys normally have a snow day or two this time of year?

  3. elsapelle June 5, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    I love sitting out on summer evenings, there is always that amazing smell of summer when it’s warm and just coming dark

  4. Morton Design Works June 5, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    We don’t get a lot of summer storms here in Southern California, so I’ll replace that one with baseball. Ha ha ha…My wife and I worked really hard the past few weeks to build a bigger vegetable garden, and we’re looking forward to reaping those benefits this summer. So that will be a new experience for us.

    Of course, with your blog title I now have songs from “Grease” in my head. 🙂 Hope you have a fantastic summer!!!

    • Katie Barton June 5, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

      I live in an apartment, so my garden is rather small. (Four pots small to be exact)

      Enjoy your veggies!

  5. vandysnape June 5, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    Long vacations with the whole family is what I love the most about Summer. In the place I live, the weather is always like summer so it doesn’t make much of a difference but the holidays in the summer definitely brighten things up 🙂

    • Katie Barton June 5, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

      I think I could live with Summer weather all year. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

    • beccanicole123 June 6, 2012 at 8:49 am #

      Where do you live? I would move there if i could if the weather could always be like summer!:D

      • Katie Barton June 6, 2012 at 10:38 am #

        I’m located in Southern Missouri. Our weather is nice right now, but it’s not summer all the time. We normally have four very distinct seasons, and our weather often will be completely different in the afternoon than it is in the morning.

        Where are you? What is your weather like?

      • beccanicole123 June 7, 2012 at 5:44 am #

        I live near New York and the weather here can be crazy. It’s almost summer now, but during spring we can have days where it’s in the 80’s-90’s and absolutely beautiful. Then one day in the 50’s with thunderstorms. I wish I lived in a place where it was 70’s-80’s all the time haha;D

  6. The Simple Life of a Country Man's Wife June 5, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    love it. currently my favorite things about summer are feeding my baby calves and meeting friends at the beach…

  7. John Saddington June 5, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    Reblogged this on 8BIT.

  8. JPanda June 5, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    Summer is definitely the way! Living in Toronto myself, I don’t think you will find that many people who doesn’t like summer here 😉

  9. Renee June 5, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

    Congrats on being FP – YAY!!!

  10. Katie Raspberry June 5, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

    Such pretty pictures! Reminds me of summer! I especially love the red ice cream stick!


  11. valentinedee June 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    The stars at night is one of my favorite things and the fact that it’s warm enough to go out at 2 am and just stare into them.
    The promise of renewal is another favorite thing. No matter what happens, in the summer, I just feel different than what I feel in the winter.

    Nice topic. And I love gardening too 🙂


  12. Barb Drummond June 5, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

    I love the long days, the lingering evening light.

  13. brandyluvli June 5, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    Reblogged this on Welcome To Me!.

  14. nazarioartpainting June 5, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    My favorite things about the summer is the clothes. I don’t like the winter clothes it is too much for a person like me that born in the Caribbean. I love to wear fresh!

  15. jensine June 5, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    I love these photos, so summery and fun

  16. followechoes June 5, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

    Some of my favourite things are the warm evenings and the feel of the sun. Not that we have had much this week. Oh and not having to wear loads of layers, certainly won’t miss that 😀

  17. treasuretromp June 5, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    cute post 🙂

  18. makewayforlindaj June 5, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    Congrats on being freshly pressed! You and I were on a similar wavelength this week…. albeit on different ends of the spectrum. I wrote about all the things I hate about summer.

    Your blog entry was a lot cheerier! Almost made me love summer…. almost 🙂

  19. midnitechef June 5, 2012 at 6:51 pm #


  20. gabriel roybal June 5, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

    homemade pops are amazing!

  21. TheBlueMorpho June 5, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

    Haha! I think I know what Peter Rabbit video you are talking about 😉
    I love Ice cream during the summer too, and water parks!

  22. Karen June 5, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

    Abundance of ice-cream!!! 🙂

  23. mpwynters June 5, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    For me, it is the longer days!

  24. juststartwithmonday June 5, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

    I love SoCal summers AND balcony gardens. Ice creams not so bad either! 🙂
    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed.
    You Matter! Smiles, Nancy

  25. Blue Aventurine June 5, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

    “Longer days and the sense of possibility they bring”
    Such a nice way to write about being close to the sun this time of year. It does seem like we are much more active with the longer days filled with light. The possibilities are endless 🙂
    I feel a Haiku coming on…

  26. Alyssa June 5, 2012 at 9:59 pm #

    What a great way to spend summer at the beach and yes, definitely lots of ice cream and tropical fruit shake. 🙂

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  27. Astrid | Pohutukawa PhotoGraphic June 5, 2012 at 10:51 pm #

    Abundance of summer vege in the garden, birdsong, sunshine, summer holiday.

    Pity we’ve just started winter with an abundance of snow today!

    • Katie Barton June 5, 2012 at 11:10 pm #

      I’ll share my summer photos and you can feel warm vicariously through me. How’s that?

      Where are you located?

      • Astrid | Pohutukawa PhotoGraphic June 6, 2012 at 12:19 am #

        Sounds good!
        I’m in New Zealand. Christchurch, in the South Island. We only get snow a couple of times a winter (and only 10-20cm or so), so when we do it’s pretty exciting. We may be in for a good winter, we don’t normally get snow til July/August at the earliest.

  28. segmation June 5, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

    One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to relax and take beautiful digital pictures. I really enjoyed yours! Good luck with your gardening! Thanks for sharing.

  29. Leah June 6, 2012 at 12:09 am #

    I LOVE your photos! So summery and fun. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

  30. djtj57 June 6, 2012 at 12:10 am #

    summer is my favorite season too! 🙂

  31. huo jien June 6, 2012 at 12:20 am #

    In cold countries, Summer is indeed a valuable time to enjoy life!

  32. mowanling June 6, 2012 at 12:48 am #

    summer season is great ,agree your blog. spend evening with friends outside, warm weather ~~cool!

  33. dressupforme June 6, 2012 at 2:36 am #

    Ah, summer and the ice-cream in yoru first photo – you name it! 😀
    But you have to give some credits to tanning on the golden beaches by the sea or by the lake as well as to all of those things that turn in blossom. How amazing it is to walk after a short quick rain shower and be able to smell the wild roses… This reminds me – I need a vacation. 😉

    Great post!

  34. mantolama June 6, 2012 at 3:09 am #

    Congratulations on a successful news

  35. Saudi Prices Blog June 6, 2012 at 4:16 am #

    lovely post

  36. Jenny June 6, 2012 at 4:25 am #

    I love the first photo 🙂 looks yummy and pretty all at once!

    Growing up in Australia a summer storm to end a hot humid summer’s day was definitely my favourite thing about summer. Here in London, what they call a “thunder storm” is a slight rumble in the sky and lots of rain (not quite the same) so my favourite things about summer in the U.K would have to be picnic’s in the park. Everyone swarms to the park’s at the first whiff of sunny weather and sitting out on a blanket people watching with a chilled glass of wine or cider is awesome!

  37. Romina June 6, 2012 at 6:18 am #

    I love the longer days, reading in my balcony, swimming in the lake or the sea and dining and partying outside in the company of family and friends

  38. travelleader June 6, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    Excellent post. This is really a good work. I appreciate your efforts behind that.
    Thanks for sharing!

  39. Lonnie June 6, 2012 at 8:54 am #

    My favs — summer concerts in the park, family reunions, and 4th of July in DC.
    Congrats on the FP

    • Katie Barton June 6, 2012 at 10:39 am #

      The 4th of July in D.C. sounds like a wonderful experience.

  40. Olya June 6, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    rooftop bars and eating outside are some of my favorites!

  41. hopefulandhungry June 6, 2012 at 10:00 am #

    Is that a Dilly bar? Looks like one, love it!

    • Katie Barton June 6, 2012 at 10:36 am #

      Yes, it is! I just discovered dilly bars a few months ago. I love the cherry coating.

  42. Rebekah June 6, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    Definitely the food! Grilling out, cold cocktails, beach time and summer tunes. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  43. hopkinsrachel June 6, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    That ice cream had my name on it. No literally, I can see it spelled out in the melting ice.

  44. styletiptop June 6, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    My favorite summer things would be “enjoying home” !
    And of course going on vacation with whole family ! would just be PERFECT

  45. bigdaddymc June 6, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    Can’t forget the smell of freshly cut grass.

  46. costeffectivesurvival June 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    My favorite part of summer is sitting on the porch in the evenings with an abundance of bug repellant of course!

  47. Justin Burnell June 6, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    Reblogged this on thehiltonburnellfiles and commented:
    My favorite things about summer is going camping, being outdoors, bike riding, and swimming. Just to name a few.

  48. joiedevivre74 June 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    Reblogged this on This beautiful life.

  49. Lisa June 6, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    What is that Red Icecream? I dont think we have those in the UK. But they look delicious! Unless – did you make it?

    • Katie Barton June 6, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

      I didn’t make it. It’s a dilly bar from Dairy Queen. It’s vanilla ice cream covered in a cherry candy coating. Super yummy!

  50. kfaulkner82 June 6, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    I’m in Florida, so in the summer my favorite thing is the perfect breezy temperature around 9-10 at night. It’s amazing.

  51. bellesogni June 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    winter is over
    kids playing outside all day
    beaches full of people
    lovers holding hands and strolling
    fast rides with the windows down, hair blowing and the music up
    cookouts, especially brats and corn on the cob
    strawberry shortcake
    summer festivals\carnivals
    the smells of summer
    thunderstorms too
    dewy mornings
    breezes blowing in the windows, lifting the curtains
    the 4th of July
    summer books, black and white movies, oldies
    flowers, gardens, fresh cut grass
    chalk pictures on the sidewalk
    new moms and dads walking fresh babies
    miles of smiles
    cloud watching

    • Katie Barton June 6, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

      Wow! You really went all out for your comment. Thanks for sharing.

      I also love strawberry shortcake. It’s amazing.

  52. ff0rt June 6, 2012 at 3:44 pm #


  53. xubobo June 6, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

    Summer have lots of free time to enjoy, can go to the sea, but I like flowers

  54. Remaja June 6, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

    Nice Article

  55. Marg Swarnabhoomi June 6, 2012 at 11:50 pm #

    Nice post.thank you for sharing.
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  56. bohotreehouse June 7, 2012 at 10:07 am #

    very sweet post!

  57. Itz me Harman June 7, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    Nice post, I really like pictures and your blog.
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  58. Courtney Leigh June 8, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

    I love the weather, the fireflies, and being outside. I live in an apartment and am determined to turn my balcony into an oasis. What a beautiful post!

    Courtney @

    • Katie Barton June 9, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

      I also live in an apartment with a balcony oasis. We should share ideas!

      • Courtney Leigh June 11, 2012 at 8:49 am #

        I would love that. I just posted pictures of my balcony on My Life in Pictures page.

  59. andy June 12, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    Thank you for sharing some of your experience and wisdom.
    i like nice post

  60. now, where were we? July 1, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    For me its Ice-Cream.Have to have it everyday..esp orange iceys.:)

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