The Simple Life
By Sheryl Simons
"The happier you are with the simple things, the easier it is to be
School's out for summer, and half of our summer is gone. But
there is still plenty of time to enjoy what we have left, but we
have to make it a priority. So let's take summer seriously while we
still can. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it! Lean back
close your eyes and just think what you would really like to do,
that you don't often take time for. What would be your favorite
thing to do?
Take a day and a good book and just spend it in a hammock.
Take an inner tube or raft to the lake or river. Just float!
Canoe trip. Pack a lunch, and don't forget the sunscreen.
Ride the waves. With all the Great Lakes wrapped around our
great state (MI), there can be some pretty great waves. It's not
that far to lake Huron, or lake MI, from here. The waves are better
on Lake MI when the wind is from the west. This is not a sport for
small children. But we recently hit a great wave day with waves
that you could have surfed on. Big Time fun!
Golf. I'm not a big time golfer, but I have fun doing it.
I'll be going on a golf outing soon that will be great fun. Even if
you don't go often, just go for fun with a gang that goes to have
Invite all your friends. Tell them to bring a soft ball
mit, or even use a whiffle ball set. Just have some good laughs.
If you are like me and love to garden, that can mean a lot of
time and work, even on your days off. Then there's always
housework. The list goes on and on. But don't sweat it. Take some
time to get together with the girls or guys for a day of whatever
your favorite activity is, even if its lunch and a movie. That's
what summer is about relax.
Have a picnic. Don't forget the Frisbee and the volleyball or
badminton net. Do it up right, and don't forget the sweet pickles
and the off. With all the great little parks around here you could
plop down just about anywhere and have a fantastic time. Or just
head for a quiet place in the back yard in the shade.
One of my friends, and older woman, told me she loves to
skydive. In fact she's in a club. I couldn't believe this little
tiny thing would ever be a skydiver. How cool. I'd have never
guessed. What would you like to try that is completely out of your
box. Why not give it a shot?
One of my favorite things to do, is go fishing. Just me and
the boat, and a few worms and a fishing pole. Or maybe with waders
on the river. Nothing more relaxing. And you get to keep what you
catch for supper!
If your usual idea of fun is just to sit and kick back a
few, try something you wouldn't ordinarily do. Take off the shoes
and wade. Don't worry about getting your hair wet or breaking a
nail, just get out there and have some fun. Summer is too short to
waste a minute of!
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"It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and
in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys." ~~ Antoine du
"A large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little span
of life, by him who interests his heart in everything." ~~ Laurence
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious." ~~
"Never forget that life can only be noble inspired and rightly lived
if you take it bravely and gallantly, as a splendid adventure in
which you are setting out into an unknown country, to face many a
danger, to meet many a joy, to find many a comrade, to win and lose
many a battle." ~~ Annie Besant
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Simple Fresh Again
With as much humidity as there has been lately, its easy to end
up with something getting a bit stale. After baking and turning off
the oven, if there are Saltines, Ritz or Graham Crackers or cereal
that have lost their crispness,
spread them on a cookie sheet, place them in the oven and close the
door. After the oven cools, all are restored to original freshness.
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Next time you are out in the garden, pick a few veggies for the
grill. We roasted whole onions last week, and in the time it takes
to grill a burger, we had some great grilled onions. Small
zucchini, summer squash, peppers, potatoes, they're all good. So
don't stick with just the burgers, go veggie on the grill!
Keeping summer simple,