Friday, August 10, 2007

The Good Ole Summertime . . .

  • Pick a leaf off of a tree and study its structure
  • If you're not already a photo-buff, buy a throw away camera and snap shots of random items
  • Go lie in the grass and study the clouds in the daytime
  • Sit on the porch in the evening and talk
  • Make up a continuous story together

A mossy garden swing

* Sit on a swing and lazily glide back and forth
  • Watch the stars at night; count them; wish on the first one (nonsense that it is)
  • Stroke a purring cat
  • Play a game of fetch with Rover
  • Rent a cabin and get away from it all
  • Or . . . turn off all electronic devices and live simply

A freshwater aquarium with plants and tropical fish.

* Get an aquarium and sit for ten minutes watching your fish
  • Dig in the dirt (plant a garden, or if that's too ambitious for you, try to plant ONE plant)
  • Choose a good book and read one chapter every day
  • Climb a tree, ride a bike, take an evening walk, skip a rope
  • Get up before the sun rises
  • Learn something new this summer
  • Pick a new hobby
  • Play hide and seek in the semi-darkness with your kids

* Play hopscotch
  • Take a nighttime walk. Listen to the sounds
  • Watch the sun come up
  • Adopt a pet
  • Lose weight
  • Walk in the sand

  • Visit the ocean and play in the surf
  • Go to the mountains
  • Walk in a cold water stream

A four-leaf clover

* Look for a four-leaf clover
  • Find an unusual rock (love rocks!)
  • Write a poem, write your thoughts, write a story for your kids
  • Contact an old friend
  • Cook out
  • Go camping even if it's just the back yard

  • Volunteer
  • Plant a theme flower garden--all white, or a scented one, or a night blooming one
  • Invest in a hot tub
  • Enlist the whole family in canning a bushel of tomatoes, or peaches, or something
  • Wash your face in the dew of the morning
Dew on a spider web

* Look for all the spider webs with early morning dew on them. They're easy to spot!

Rain on an umbrella
* Walk in the rain

  • Love lots
  • Walk down your street; wave and speak to everyone you see
  • Plan a garden party
  • Have a themed grill-out
AND . . . enjoy the summer. Autumn will soon be here.

Line by line, moment by moment, special times are etched into our memories in the permanent ink of everlasting love in our relationships. --Gloria Gaither


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