My favorite parts of summer?
- outings with family
- my garden
- my garden pond
- mists (morning mists this morning from the heavy storm we received last night)
- rainbows (saw one last night--a double one in fact. Gorgeous, with both ends touching the ground.)
- flowers, flowers, and more flowers.
- outdoor activities--walking, camping, bird watching, boating and fishing
- later hours to write (Big smile!)
- campfire foods: melty, gooey marshmallows, smoke-filled hamburgers, fresh tomatoes, corn, and potatoes, my sil's baked beans, hotdogs-cooked just right with my homemade sauce! (yum!)
- the refreshing atmosphere after a severe storm
- more time to write (ooops, did I already mention that?)
- sitting on my deck and watching the trees around me move in the breeze
- reading a book with hubby on my deck
- writing down some good ideas for my next novel on my deck (tongue in cheek--got in another reference to writing!)
- enjoying a neighborhood historical outdoor play with friends and family
- the smells--rain, the perfume of a variety of flowers, smoke from the campfires, cut hay
- dandelions (I love those small invasive things!)
- city lights on a summer night
- clover and wild flowers
- my rocks
- mystery hunts
- ocean surf
- hot air ballooning
- rock-strewn creeks
- wading in shallow streams
- grape arbors
- swings (love to curl up in them and sleep!)
- big open porches
- no cold weather!
- writing in the summer time! (smile)
Talking about picnics . . . why not plan a romantic one for your honey?
- Choose a basket with some sophistication (no ratty ones, please!) Line it with a softly colored napkin. Choose goblets or nice glasses just for the two of you.
- Find a great spot. Use your imagination. For example: A) Your own backyard. String lights in the trees. Create a canopy out of fabric, bring some pillows. Or B) Use a theme--Indian with saris, bright colors and curried dishes; Or Mexican, Italian, Chinese. C) A private balcony, if you live in an urban area. D) Rainy days or winter timed, lay a blanket out on your living room floor, or a covered porch. Arrange plants and candles. For any of these ideas, little flourishes of romance will add the finishing touch: flowers and music!
- Plan a delicious meal--easy to transport and clean up after. Elegance is preferred--A French touch: cheese and fruit, fresh baked baguettes with grapes. Or a Mediterranean feast with tomato and basil bruschetta, tortellini salad and calamata olive spread with crackers or pita. Out of time? Drop by the store and pick up French bread, cheese, a rotisserie chicken and some favorite drinks. Or order from your favorite restaurant.
- Surprise! The most romantic element of a picnic is often surprise. Show up at your husband's work at the end of the day with your picnic basket ready to go. Come home with a single rose and plans for the picnic ready. Or hide the ready-to-go basket & surprise him/her by "finding" it. Leave/send an invitation to her for the special time.
A fiery sunset, tiny pansies by the wayside, the sound of raindrops tapping on the roof. What an extraordinary delight to share simple wonders with someone you love!