I don't miss the continual wildfire smoke of the last few summers. Much of our smoke blew in from other states. But for several horrible years, large swaths of Colorado forest burned, making the air unhealthy. Although wildfire smoke does make for spectacular sunsets.
A benefit of a green summer with no smoky skies is that I can sit outside to write. I have spent a lot of time on our deck. I've watched cucumbers grow. Seriously. The skinny little cylinders expand and grow quickly.
The days are growing shorter, and the evenings cooler. This year, I can say I have made the most of my summer.