8 Things You Can Do to Make This Summer Special

May 29, 2018

Take some time away from all the things that "must be done" this summer and try a few of these ideas for enjoying the season and what is really important.






June is a month much like January and September.  It can be seen as a time to start over.  You've got three months ahead of  you to move life in a completely different direction or get caught up on the things you've been putting off.


There are so many possibilities in summer....it's a season of being able to enjoy all the little things in life like tweeting birds, the warm sunshine, sweet smelling flowers, and great tasting fruits.


How many of us really take the time to enjoy these things, though?  Are we more concerned with mowing the yard, painting the porch, and trimming the trees?  I'm not saying that these aren't important things to do in the summer (your neighbors wouldn't be too happy with the grass in your yard being six inches tall, I'm sure).  But I think we all need to take time from worrying about the important "jobs" we have to do, and spend some of it enjoying everything the season has to offer.


8 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO MAKE THIS SUMMER SPECIAL




Strawberries from a Farmer's Market



GO TO THE FARMER'S MARKET

Produce tastes best this time of the year and it is even better when you know it has been grown in the area and been picked fresh.  And don't forget to see if anyone is selling some fresh flowers you can bring home, too.



GET OUTSIDE

The months go by quickly and before you know it the weather will be cool again.  Don't waste the beautiful weather by sitting in the house.  Take a walk.  Eat dinner on your deck. Go to a flea market.  Enjoy being in the sunshine (while wearing proper SPF, of course).



Decorating my summer porch with flowers


START A SMALL FLOWER GARDEN

Create a small space that can be easily taken care of and enjoyed.  Add some pretty smelling flowers or plants that will attract birds.  Put a small bench or place to sit in the garden so you can look and enjoy what you've created.  

If a garden isn't for you or you don't have the space, start with just creating an amazing looking pot of flowers.  Or create a window herb garden.  Whatever it is, keep it small, manageable, and something  you'll enjoy taking care of....not just something else to add to your to do list.



HAVE A SUMMER GET-TOGETHER

Send a cute invitation to your friends and family inviting them over for a picnic.  Don't take the fun out of it by making it hard on yourself, though.  Ask everyone to bring a salad or dessert.  Serve hot dogs that everyone can cook themselves over an open fire pit.  Take the time to play some volleyball, badminton, or horseshoes.



Ice Cream Cone



MAKE HOMEMADE ICE CREAM

And I don't mean use the attachment on your Kitchen Aid!  Find a hand crank ice cream maker, fill it with rock salt and make ice cream the way it used to be made with fresh ingredients.  You can't buy that taste in a store!



BREW SUN TEA

Why not use the power of nature to make a delicious tasting beverage?  You can make sun tea however you'd like....sweet or not, flavored or plain.  Pour the freshly brewed beverage over some ice and enjoy.




Summer sunset at the beach



ENJOY NATURE AT NIGHT

Sit outside and look at the stars or the setting sun.  Choose to end your evening in this quiet peacefulness reflecting on your day.



LISTEN TO THE BIRDS

.....even if it is just while you are lying in bed in the early morning hours.  And if you live where you don't have any birds....go find some!  Visit a park, take a walk in the woods, or drive to the country.





Bird in the yard



Did you notice that most of these suggestions are cheap or even free?  It won't cost you anything to take a little time to enjoy your summer.

I'd love to get back to the way summer used to be, back before people were so busy and attached to their cell phones, computers, and TV.  I want to enjoy the next few months and not get to September 1 and wish that I had.  Did any of these ideas sound good to you?


This post was originally published May 28, 2013.











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