Summer. It used to be the seemingly never-ending season of freedom. Somewhere along the way, it has become my least favorite time of the year. Not only do I despise the heat, I seem to fall into a rut of sorts at this time every year. Football has long been over. Hockey is over. And, Lord knows, the Pirates season is always already over! Although I like the extended evenings, I hate when it gets daylight so early in the morning. I do enjoy the opportunity to be outside, however, I much prefer the milder temperatures of Fall and Spring. Unfortunately, summer just does not hold the same magic as it did when I was a kid. No summer vacations. No endless warm evenings with nothing to worry about. It makes me long for my younger days, but most of all, it makes me long for September!