Dear Summer,


Dear Summer,

I know you are still a little ways off..but…

Last year you let me down.

I don't want to be a complainer…but…I had plans.


Big plans…entertaining plans…summer night party plans…and you rained.

A lot!

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Many parties were canceled last minute because of your fickle behavior.


Come on..this is Colorado.  We are used to just a little green and no rain.

Don't start messing with us now.

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So…if it wouldn't be too inconvenient I would really love to entertain this coming summer.


I want girl's nights with Sangria.

Candles.  Good music. Lots of laughter.

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I would like family BBQs , friends hanging out and our yearly movie night.


I am sounding pretty demanding right now..but while I am at it…I would also like all my flowers to come back.

OK..OK…I guess I will take whatever I can get….geeeshhh

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The girl that REALLY loves to entertain!!

Pretty please…not as much rain…please???


All photos are from one of my favorite entertaining cookbooks….


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  1. Victoria@Whimsy by Victoria

    Jeanne…this will be my first summer here…I am hoping your letter works! πŸ™‚ I too love to entertain in the summer. That cookbook is divine and I now want one! Just beautiful photos and the food…yum! I say…skip Spring, bring on Summer!! lol Have a great week!

  2. Lissa

    I love this post. Now I want to be someone who gets to come to one of your parties! I think I need to order this book!

  3. Martha

    Amazing pictures….love them all…and you are NOT asking for too much…summer days and nights to entertain with flowers…sounds perfect!!!

  4. Mikal

    I’m praying for the same thing this year, so you’re not alone.
    Great sales job for the book too… I’m ready to find one! πŸ™‚

  5. Tami

    Wow…what wonderful pictures thinking I need a copy of that book!! It would be nice to have lots of fun outside this summer entertaining!!

  6. Modern Prairie Girl

    I’m with you there—June is slop around here and I don’t even start my backyard soiree’ plans until July πŸ™
    These pics are so wonderful you posted…makes me long for those summer evenings. I’m in the market for a looooong harvest table with multitudes of different chairs around it. I’m hoping my Barn Boys have got something for me.
    Here’s a question…when, my dear friend, will you venture just south of Seattle for some sangria and laughs at Chez Blair? πŸ™‚

  7. Rachel

    But Jeanne, you are going to be in FRANCE this summer! It will be wonderful!
    I really think we should see if we can meet up in Paris at the end of July. Maybe have une verre du vin or go browsing at Shakespeare and Company. What do you think?

  8. melanie

    Every time I visit your blog.. I get even more excited to meet you!! You are reading my mind with this post!
    Today I actually opened my windows and it felt so good but then I started remembering that last summer, It didn’t get much warmer than this!!!! We didn’t use the boat, we wore sweaters instead of bathing suits and had umbrellas attached to the tops of our heads!!! I am hoping for a little more Michigan -Like summer this year!!!!! I hope She hears our pleas!!!!

  9. Becky @ Farmgirl Paints

    Gorgeous images. Oh I can’t stand it! Just a few more months and we’ll hopefully have that weather. Maybe you can have those fun parties and movie nights. That sounds like so much fun btw:)

  10. Jenn

    Sangria. Candles. Good music. Laughter.
    Sounds light the perfect summer night! only the ocean could make it better than that! =) I love the outdoor movie night too!! Such fun! I miss summer! =)
    Just Jenn~

  11. Theresa Hein

    What beautiful images! The second picture is just fabulous… I love summer, eating outside, our meal time seems so much more relaxed out there. I can’t wait… Theresa

  12. staceyyaculastudio

    Oh, you must of heard my wish as well for summer.
    Our “happy” place is 9 hours from where we live. So, we usually take a couple of weeks to make it worth our wild. It has been rainy and cold the last three summers in a row. Although, I am thankful for the time with our family, extended family and friends. I too am pleading that we have sunshine this year.
    Nothing beats waking up to the coolness of a summer morning and taking your cup of coffee to the beach. To sit and take in all of the glory of such sweet surroundings, coupled with the anticipation of a glorious day!
    Don’t even get me started on the evenings … it would just take to long. Just know I join you with your wish for a sun filled summer.

  13. the wild raspberry

    that book looks like one you could look at over and over and over again…..
    thanks for sharing it with us.
    i’m wanting to do a girls brunch in the garden this summer…. it’s been on my wish list for a few summers now~ gonna make it happen! pinky~promise.
    hope all your entertaining dreams come true.
    i know you would make it just as lovely as the pictures you shared~~~~

  14. Suzen

    PS One more thing…could you not just zip in and out in the blink of an eye? Because fall is truly fantastic, but summer is so much fun! Plus it’s rude to just whip by and not sit a spell…

  15. Miriam

    I second that…all of it! We had a lot of rain too and I had flowers that didn’t bloom because of a previous long ice storm…I was so sad about that. I’ll have to check out that book…..looks yummy!

  16. DreamGirlLisa

    Oh my, those are gorgeous pictures, I will have to check out that book…Girl’s night w/ Sangria…I love doing that, you’re getting me excited for summer too πŸ™‚

  17. susan

    what great photos! we have people over all the time and our summer wasn’t great last year either! here to hoping for more sunshine πŸ™‚ susan

  18. Janet

    I thought Colorado always had perfect, low humidity weather — sorry that last summer didn’t pan out. Now that you’ve let summer know of your plans ahead of time, I’m sure Mother Nature will cooperate!

  19. Flower Patch Farmgirl

    You ain’t kidding. Our Summer was similar last year. We hosted 4th of July and it was rainy AND we all had to wear jeans and jackets.
    I want my tomatoes to grow big this year. And I wouldn’t mind a teeny, tiny tan.

  20. Erin

    I love your pictures! Exactly the kind of spread I love for entertaining, too! Thanks for listing the book, I am going to see if my library can get it for me. I’d love to look through it.
    I’m a new follower, I follow Becky, Sasha and Lissa’s blogs and after reading about you and seeing your pictures I just had to check out your blog. It’s great! Love it!
    Hope you get a wonderful summer πŸ™‚

  21. Susan

    And while you’re at it Summer, I would like Colorado to turn into some place warm, tropical and beach resembling. I would love some white sand and oceanic breezes. Thanks

  22. Heather

    You are once again reading my mind! I was in the same boat last year…every dinner party and outdoor event that we planned all the way through the Fall was rained out. Let me be more specific..POURED out!! Not even a good tomatoe crop to show for all that rain! I want Sangria and girls nights under the stars too…ahhh the day dreaming is starting….

  23. Becky G.

    Oh, that is too funny! Last year, while you were complaining about too much rain, we were in the third year of severe drought. It was too hot to entertain outside most days, and what I would have given for a few good days of rain!
    And then in September my dad passed away. And the day of his funeral the rains came. And stayed. For days and days and days. And there was major flooding in Georgia.
    And ever since, we have had the weirdest weather! The coldest and wettest winter in years. And this winter we had four – count em, 4! measurable snows, which never, ever happens in our area. And today it is raining, and more to come for the next 2-3 days, and even as I write this the thunder has started. And I am glad! I hated that darned drought, and I don’t think I’ll ever look at rain the same way ever again.
    So I guess what I am saying is, I have learned to be grateful for whatever weather I get! Because it is going to change eventually. Sometimes better, sometimes worse, but at least I am here to see it, whatever it is, so it’s all good!
    Becky G. in GA

  24. Kris

    I love your photos and dreams of summer fun. Still waiting for an Iowa thaw – but next week I will be waiting at the beach πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by my blog and saying such sweet things about my first sampler. I definitely recommend stitching for your trip. That sounds like a perfect trip and is on my “bucket list’!

  25. Nathalie

    As it is pouring outside my windows, I am so with you. I moved to North Georgia from Florida and I swear it rained more here then I ever saw in Florida. Sangria night sounds great and all that food made me hungry. I bet you throw some great parties.

  26. Morgan

    I loved each of these photos!! Throughout the whole post i was fully convinced that you took these pictures!! Thank you for sharing!:)
    (and again, thanks for checking in to Morgi3! So sweet of you;)

  27. joyce

    Indeed. In Manitoba, Canada, I also had backyard dinner plans. Party plans. Camping plans. Dear, dear summer rained. And rained.
    I hold your virtual hand and hope with you.

  28. Suz Reaney

    So good to hear from you on my blog. The St. John’s Bible is just incredible…it is truly alive! I wanted to just stay there and read and look and read and look…just incredible.

  29. Zita-Mlle Magpie

    Oh, Jeanne, those photos are just lovely and make me dream of summer days at our farmhouse… yes, let’s hope it’s a better summer this year. p.s. I can’t wait to see your spring collection, Jeanne! (any more sneak peeks coming up soon?)

  30. Crystal

    Oh can I copy your letter and sign it too. Maybe we should start a petition, LOL. I sure pray PA summer is better than the winter and last summer, too.
    What great photos, it gave me a warmth and lovely feeling for spring/summer.
    Have a wonderful day.

  31. LuLu

    I have to get that book, the images are just beautiful! I want to entertain this summer too… hope your weather is fabulous!

  32. Sabrina

    This makes me long for summer even more!!! I am already planning a few parties on my patio and in my gardens!!!

  33. Leslie

    I hear you! Although I cannot complain, our snow is finally melting this week with weather in the 50’s!!! I hear the rain drops tonight but I will take that any day over all the snow!! Come on spring!!

  34. Dore Callaway

    Great Cook Book…Thank you for sharing,
    I will have to run to the book store to get my own, the settings make you want to cook and entertain.
    This was a great post!

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