It’s takes a group effort to keep a Vermont summer from fleeing, and our recent weather suggests that not everyone is participating. Help us prolong that precious, blink-of-an-eye season by reviewing this set of rules, carefully developed over 17 years in the Green Mountains. Then add your own below.
- Continue to immerse yourself in outdoor bodies of water, even if it’s just for a plunge.
- Continue to picnic.
- Continue to wear open toed shoes.
- Whenever possible, choose a sweatshirt over a fleece.
- Under no circumstances should you wear your winter coat.
- Do NOT unpack your beach bag.
- Do not turn over your garden.
- Avoid starting an indoor fire.
- Save fall fashion items for October.
- Ignore signs of trees changing color prematurely.
- Do not say the F. word until after September 21.
- NEVER make mention of the S. word, even in jest.
- Hold off on the apple crisp.
- Find every last berry.
- Nurse every bit of harvest you can from your garden.
- … add your own rules below
Kelly Salasin, August 25, 2011