The weather is miserably wet and Summer seems so, so far away.
My soul needs warmth, singing cicadas under the scorching sun, chirping crickets in the mellow summer nights. Lounging by the pool amongst the Umbrian hills could be just the ticket.
However, if exotic escapism can't be attained, dining al fresco could provide much needed diversion too. My advice would be to choose a gas barbecue (quick to cook between showers) and happy furniture to brighten your garden, or terrace, even in the gloomiest days.