Sprinklers in the Sun!
- The Simple life
Simple Family Times
It was a very hot day. Our family was camping in our daughter
Amy's yard in Kalkaska. My grandson Jonte had asked me earlier to
take him to the gas station to put some air in his tire. I promised
I would. Now when he was ready to go, it was the hot time in the
afternoon. Oh well, I had promised. My two other grandkids, Tony
and Teanna joined us and we walked the four blocks to the gas
station. After the tires were well aired, we started a bike ride
and my husband Richard met us, coming up the street. There was an
old truck we wanted to show him several blocks away. We rode off,
investigated the old truck, and then I remembered a neat little pond
and fountain in the yard of the funeral home.
We rode in the direction of the funeral home to find all the
sprinklers running. We went down the sidewalk and the first of
several sprinklers hit us. It was shockingly cold, but refreshing.
After looking at the pond, we were about to ride back toward home.
Richard said "Shouldn't we ride down that sidewalk again?" Caught
up in his idea I hollered to the kids, "Let's go through the
sprinklers again who ever gets wettest wins!" Several more times
we rode through the sprinklers, screaming, laughing and playing. Our
damp clothes kept us cool all afternoon. Happy memories are often
unplanned and spontaneous. What if I'd said, "It's too hot right
now, let's wait til later"? I'm so glad I didn't. I'll be looking
for sprinklers more often!
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I had the best mashed potatoes this weekend. The recipe is
simple and delicious. Start with red skinned potatoes. Allow about
2 medium sized potatoes per person. Do not peel, but peel off any
eyes or dark spots. Scrub well with potato brush. Quarter and boil
until tender. For two people add a clove or two of garlic, or a
teaspoon of minced garlic. Drain and mash with butter or margarine,
and milk until creamy. I bet your family will think these are the
best mashed potatoes ever! Thanks to Amy Simons for this yummy
My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor detest His
correction; for whom the Lord loves He corrects, just as a father
the son in whom he delights. ~ Proverbs 3:11
This is the time of year when many of us go camping, or on
vacation. Here are some tips that might help make your trip a
little less hectic.
1. Make a list of anything you might want to take on the trip.
Have the whole family contribute. Depending on where you go, you
will want to include jackets or sweatshirts, swimsuits, and, of
course, things like underwear, books, or cooking supplies. As you
pack, you can check things off the list. Take the list with you
and if you find you forgot something, add it to the list for next
time. Also make a separate list of things you need to do before
leaving home, such as holding the mail, or arranging for someone to
feed the pets.
2. Make a menu. Keep it Simple, of course. That way you will
only take what you need. You can eat very well on vacation without
eating elaborate meals. Save them for home. If you eat out one
meal a day on vacation, plan those in. We like to eat out the main
meal of the day and have light meals the rest of the time. We take
snacks like oatmeal cookies or nuts, or veggies to nibble on. We
like to eat about 3:00 in the afternoon, before the evening rush and
always less expensive than the dinner menu that usually starts at
3. If you start packing ahead of time, gather items in one room
or area anything you won't need at the last minute before you
leave such as a fishing pole. Unless you have very young kids, they
can pack their own items. Have them lay them out before packing so
you can check them over before they pack them in their suitcases or
4. If you take a cooler freeze everything ahead of time that is
possible. Think of it as an ice pack, until you need it. The more
that is frozen, the longer it will keep and the less ice you will
have to buy. To keep things frozen longer, wrap in newspaper or
plastic bags and place them right next to the ice. Two liter
bottles make nice ice jugs.
Have any more Simple trip hints? Send them in!!!
Many people visit my garden and think I am a great gardener. I
have to laugh at that. The great gardeners I know didn't know
anything, but were too stubborn to quit! The plants themselves have
so much more talent than I do they keep spreading and I keep
moving them around. Fortunately, along the way, we had a few
successes. The last 2 years my cabbages have been riddled with
holes. Yes, I said 2 years. This year I was determined to fix that
problem. Nearly every day I have checked them for cabbage worms
small green worms about an inch long since I didn't want to use
any chemicals. One day I found 3. There were already a few holes.
Since then, there have been none. So far, so good. I am looking
forward to some very nice cabbages this year!!! Richard is keeping
his eyes open for potato bugs.
I can tell you of many other disasters, equally bad. But each
year I get better, and learn another lesson. Sounds just like life,
Keeping Summer Simple,