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Top 10 Ways to Celebrate Summer!

Today is the first full day of Summer! *

Plenty of time left to make it one of the best and some intentionality goes a long way.

Here are my top ten ways to celebrate summer.    

  • Eat outdoors often.  This includes any meal anywhere you can feel the sun and the breeze.  Breakfast is especially nice.

  • Read a fun book, preferably while sitting outside.  I like to read books with summer themes in the evening and add something by Madeline L’Engel to my morning basket.

  • Listen to live music outside.  Free summer concerts play about every night of the week where I live. Check your local listings.

  • Go the beach/pool/lake and get in the water.  OK, I don’t always get in the water but it sure is memorable when I do!

  • Stop at garage/yard sales.  The ONE item you didn’t know you needed might be waiting to delight you.

  • Take a road trip somewhere. I love to keep on going once we hit the road.  Just a few hours away can feel like another world.

  • Find a festival. Art, neighborhood, ethnic festivals abound every weekend somewhere.

  • Watch a movie outside.  My Dad moon-lighted at the local Drive-In when I was a girl so I have always loved watching movies under the stars.  Check your local park district outdoor movie schedule or bring your laptop outside and watch one in your own yard.

  • Get on your bike. Ride around the block, down the path or to do your errands.  Wear a helmet!

  • Take lots of photos and get them printed.  Summer of 2019 will never come again.

Hope for the best,

Tish

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Top 10 Ways to Celebrate Summer!

Today is the first full day of Summer! 

Plenty of time left to make it one of the best and some intentionality goes a long way.

Here are my top ten ways to celebrate summer.    

  • Eat outdoors often.  This includes any meal anywhere you can feel the sun and the breeze.  Breakfast is especially nice.

  • Read a fun book, preferably while sitting outside.  I like to read books with summer themes in the evening and add something by Madeline L’Engel to my morning basket.

  • Listen to live music outside.  Free summer concerts play about every night of the week where I live. Check your local listings.

  • Go the beach/pool/lake and get in the water.  OK, I don’t always get in the water but it sure is memorable when I do!

  • Stop at garage/yard sales.  The ONE item you didn’t know you needed might be waiting to delight you.

  • Take a road trip somewhere. I love to keep on going once we hit the road.  Just a few hours away can feel like another world.

  • Find a festival. Art, neighborhood, ethnic festivals abound every weekend somewhere.

  • Watch a movie outside.  My Dad moon-lighted at the local Drive-In when I was a girl so I have always loved watching movies under the stars.  Check your local park district outdoor movie schedule or bring your laptop outside and watch one in your own yard.

  • Get on your bike. Ride around the block, down the path or to do your errands.  Wear a helmet!

  • Take lots of photos and get them printed.  Summer of 2019 will never come again.

 

Summer Home Make-Over

I love changing things up in the summer.  As a girl, I looked forward to rearranging my bedroom furniture as soon as school was out.  My Mom and I pulled the bed, dresser, night stand, book case and vanity into the hall so the floor could be cleaned.  That was the boring part.

Next came the fun part – bringing back the furniture.  Each year I tried to find a new place for the bed.  Under the windows?  Next to the door?  Anywhere it would fit was an option, as long as it was a change from the winter.  Into the laundry went the heavy bedspread and out of the closet came the lighter weight cotton one.

By the end of the rearranging day, the pillows plumped in perfect order, re-ordered books were ready to browse, summer togs waited in drawers and I was sure that THIS TIME I would keep my room neat all summer.

I still like playing with furniture placement but also enjoy changing-up our dining for the summer.  Colorful plates replace the white ones, red and blue silverware shows up from Memorial Day to Labor Day, brightly striped cloth napkins wait on the porch for al fresco suppers.  Little white Christmas lights set the atmosphere each evening outside.

Reordering and rearranging nurtures our families and ourselves. By paying attention to the details of our surroundings, we create the backdrop, the stage as it were, for life to play out and in so doing, we shape each one who passes through. (Adapted from the book, Rhythms of Renewal by Letitia Suk  http://amzn.to/Lh7S4Y )

What do you make-over for summer?

Hope for the best,

Tish



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