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    The Simple Life by Sheryl Simons Take off your watch. That s right. Take it off. And take at least one day this summer. Keep the TV, the computer, even the
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      The Simple Life
      by Sheryl Simons

      Take off your watch. That's right. Take it off. And take
      at least one day this summer. Keep the TV, the computer, even the
      radio off, and just be. That's right. Really give yourself a day
      off. You don't have to answer the phone! Get up with the birds and
      the sun. Walk with your coffee in the early morning dew and feel the
      sun come up. Watch the water droplets dry off the plants. Maybe you
      might want to do a few simple chores, but nothing too elaborate. Eat
      your meals when you get hungry. No serious cooking- maybe a
      sandwich. Use a paper plate. Really listen to the birds. Take a
      nap if you want to and go to bed when you are tired. In fact, plan
      ahead so you will know exactly what you want to do!

      Try out the hammock. (you know how you put it up every year and then
      never use it?) Just enjoy the day relaxing. Do all the things you
      don't normally get to do. Don't go shopping, or pay the bills, or
      even read the mail, unless there is something really special, like a
      letter from a friend. And speaking of letters, maybe you'd like to
      write one. Or paint a picture, or read a book, or plant your
      favorite plant in a planter. What would you do if you had a whole
      day to do nothing? No dusting, or vacuuming, no responsibilities –
      just do what you want to do!. Take the kids or the dog for a walk.
      Have hot dogs on the grill for dinner.

      Now, was that so bad? No, it was nice, wasn't it?

      So now you know you can do it. Do it again. At least once a month
      all summer. Now you might want to ask a friend to join you. Go to
      lunch. See a crazy movie, or play putt-putt! Lay on the beach with
      lots of sunscreen. Do something you don't ordinarily do. Who
      knows? Maybe a weekend at a cabin (not yours, there's too much work
      at a cabin! Rent one, or go to a motel!)

      Make it a resolution to enjoy this summer like never before. Mark
      the fun days on your calendar in Red. And remember to KEEP IT SIMPLE!

      * * *
      Simple Rhubarb Crisp

      My friend Elsie brought this to a lunch. Mmmmm. We all wanted the
      recipe, I know she won't mind if I share this simple recipe with
      you. Thanks Elsie, and thanks from everyone who will try this and
      love it! And, here's a small secret she mentioned, you can make this
      with any fresh fruit, you don't have to use Rhubarb.
      4 c fruit – place in 8" square pan. Mix and pour over fruit:
      1 c sugar or brown sugar, or favorite sweetener
      1 c flour
      sprinkle of cinnamon
      1 egg
      then pour 1/3 c melted butter or margarine. Bake @ 350` for 1 hour
      or until bubbly. Cool and serve. Great with cool whip.

      * * *

      A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is
      blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. ~James
      Dent

      What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the
      fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no
      sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.
      ~Gertrude Jekyll

      In June, as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single
      day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore
      all of them. ~Aldo Leopold


      I question not if thrushes sing,
      If roses load the air;
      Beyond my heart I need not reach
      When all is summer there.
      ~John Vance Cheney


      Keeping it Simple,
      Sheryl


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