The last few weeks have been a blur. I set off on a 500-mile trek in a junk car one week, then took of to Des Moines and my alma mater to see old friends the next. I stayed right here in southeast Kansas last weekend and did nothing too eventful, yet even it seemed to fly through my mind without completely sticking to my memory.

It’s the season of events. Graduations, graduation parties, weddings, cook outs, the list goes on and on. With the weather warming up and the sun shining, everybody is planning something and my future only looks to continue its whirlwind habit.

I have a wedding this upcoming weekend, followed by events seemingly scheduled non-stop until the end of September.

The hurried pace of spring leading into summer is a nice contrast from hunkering down on the couch, covered in blankets, with a cup of coffee and the television — a personal favorite activity when it is too cold to do anything else in the long winter months.

While I love Christmastime and the cozy feeling of winter, I’ll take the blistering heat and busy schedule of summer over winter’s cold grip any day.

The sun rises earlier and sets later. Folks spend more time outside. And the possibilities are endless. Summer is ruled by everything from float trips, to barbecues, to backyard softball games — and everything in between.

People seem to be more active, and happier to boot. Probably all of that Vitamin D.

I know it makes me happier. I love sunglasses, swimming and just about anything that gets me outdoors. I love driving with the windows down and the sun on my face.

Summer just makes a person feel different — even once you’re out of school and don’t get a break from all responsibility.

And of course summer has the Hepler Rodeo — a tradition unlike any other.

The warmer weather and all the events beginning to fill up my calendar has me craving true summer, which is still a month away. We may have to endure some more spring storms, or even cooler weather — the horror! But soon, Summer will be here bringing with it short sleeves, adventure and the taste of a cool, refreshing beverage.

Hopefully the warm weather is here to stay.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.