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A vendor prepares meat products at the Summit County Fair in July. With cooler temperatures in store, fairs and other outdoor events will feel much better.

This past week sure was a relief. We finally got some rain — a decent amount in some places — and temperatures that felt more like early fall than mid summer.

I mowed my lawn for the first time in about three weeks. And I wasn’t being lazy! The grass just didn’t have enough moisture to do anything — other than turn brown and crunchy.

I also did a little weed eating around my flower beds and house. Normally, I consider weed eating to be a chore and one that I’m not particularly fond of. Every time I weed eat I get covered in the green goo of chopped plants, and my own sweat. It’s not pretty and neither am I when I’m done.

But last week, dare I say — it felt good to take the weed eater outside of the garage, fire it up and slash some weeds. I even enjoyed hearing the noise of the engine, revving it up and drowning out the sound of everything else.

Catching up

I also finished spreading a pile of black mulch that I had bought a while back and never got spread. The mulch was still good, although it was nice to finally get it off my lawn and into the flower beds.

And, I stripped the paint and caulking from the outside of my living room window frame in preparation for new paint and new caulking. It’s the only window on my house that hasn’t been replaced with vinyl, and for that reason, it tends to flake and chip, especially in hot weather.

I would have liked to tackle these projects sooner, but it was just too hot and dry to bother. The worse thing than a tedious task — is a tedious task when it’s scorching hot.

Recently, I’ve also noticed a familiar smell outdoors — the smell of campfires and bonfires. The moisture has finally returned a bit, and the temperatures have dropped enough — to where people feel safe having a cookout.

Cabin fever

I’m fortunate that when it’s hot outdoors, my job allows me to stay inside in the air conditioning. But truth be told, there were a couple weeks this summer when I was downright tired of being indoors. I got cabin fever in July, and that’s never a good thing.

That’s why I’m grateful for the kind of weather we had last week, and the kind forecasters are predicting through the current week.

It feels like a second spring, in a sense. A second chance and a second shot of energy. I hope it lasts and that you’re able to take advantage of it at your own home or farm.

And in addition to chores — of which there always are plenty — be sure to relax! Open the windows, sit out on the porch at night and maybe even cast a fishing line or two. This is good outdoors weather for both work and leisure.

Chris Kick lives in Wooster, Ohio. An American FFA Degree recipient, he holds a bachelor’s in creative writing from Ashland University. He spends his free time on his grandparents’ farms in Wayne and Holmes counties.
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