Why summer makes Alaskans goofy.

This video clip was shot the other night, at nearly 10 p.m. Ignore the still-brown grass and look up instead.



And that, friends, is why Alaskans are a little bit tetched in the summertime.


I was facing east, so you couldn’t see the sun – but it was still up. Tonight it will set at 10:48 p.m., but that doesn’t mean it will get dark.

The light lingers long after the sun is gone. Last night DF and I went to see the Metropolitan Opera’s HD broadcast of “Der Rosenkavalier,” which let out at about 11:30 p.m. We could still see plenty well.

This spring has been delightfully bright. Here’s hoping that trend continues and we have another sunny, sunny summer, like last year’s. It’s been jumping into the 90s inside our greenhouse. I can already taste the tomatoes.

Readers: What’s the weather like where you are? Got any stupendous summer plans?


Related reading:

468 ad


  1. Practical Parsimony

    About 90 F degrees here in central Alabama. Plans for the summer. Hopefully, knee surgery, produce from my bucket garden, and enjoying some blue skies of our own. I may try my hand at canning chicken.

    I would love for it to stay bright for about 18 hours each day. I do like it dark for just a bit each day. That’s a beautiful night sky.

  2. Weather in the 70s and 80s, vacillating up and down. Pool swimmable. Never too late to move to Arizona… 😉

  3. Living in the Southern Hemisphere, New Zealand, we’re getting ready for winter. Onesies and heatpumps. You might have too google those… 😀
    Kiwis are known for being ‘winter deniers’ since it’s not getting THAT cold, but insulated houses are still not the norm means outside 6 degrees Celsius means inside maybe 10 in the morning…
    But we still grow vegies during winter! Lettuces, brassica, root vegetables, everything that doesn’t need it too hot.
    I hope you’ll enjoy the summer!

    • Donna Freedman

      I’d love to have a winter garden, but it wouldn’t be possible. Our gardens start giving up the ghost in mid- to late August.

      We have a programmable thermostat. In mid-evening it starts dropping and by bedtime it’s 55 degrees Fahrenheit, which is 12.7 Celsius. Sleeping in a cool room is pleasant, especially with a rice sock or heated throw at our feet:

      Thanks for reading, and for leaving a comment.

  4. Carolina Cooper

    Yesterday, here in New Hampshire, we can record breaking heat of 90+ degrees.Being a Dominican girl at heart, I say, bring it on. My big plan for the summer is enjoying the wedding of my son at the end of July. Fifth and last child married off—and being the mother of the groom is easy-peasy.

  5. Tina in NJ

    You can take the girl outa Jersey, but she still loves her tomatoes! After a week of below-normal temps, we’re having three days in the upper 80s to lower 90s. In just over a month, we’re going to London and Ireland! No big vacations the past two years due to various health problems, so we’re splurging.

  6. Lisa O

    Our weather was over 90 yesterday and over 60 today! Yes that would be New York 🙂 It is starting to look up so planting the garden will be done in the next few weeks. My first year of starting plants by seeds and I am getting tired of taking them outside every day and inside every night. Plans for the summer is to just enjoy life any way it comes….camping 40 days!

  7. I live in sunny Italy, and the weather here really does live up to the country’s nickname 😀
    It’s been quite hot over here for a few weeks now, I don’t even want to think about the actual summer months!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *