Simple Summer Beaches
- The Simple Life
by Sheryl Simons
"Don't grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the
beach."~~ Michelle Held
"Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints
in the sand are gone." ~~Anonymous
"The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder
My grandmother always lived in the Thumb, near Port Huron and
I grew up going to the beach. Swimming with cousins, sitting in the
warm sand, looking for shells, hearing the gulls, having a picnic,
and watching the freighters slowly churn past. I can't think of
anything I don't love about the beach. Times haven't changed. Being
just an hour away from Lake Michigan is a good thing. The only
difference is now I use sunscreen! It was torture to wait an hour
after eating to go back in the water.
I love to feel the sand between my toes and the cool water
lap against my ankles. On warm days I love an inner-tube and BIG
waves. I can walk for miles and miles on a big beach and it's so
good to live near beaches where I can. There is no limit to the
beauty along a beach and the wonder of discovery. Check out the
designs and patterns in a tiny shell. Even the patterns in the sand
from the waves are a thing of beauty. And watch the sky and waves
right before a storm, or the colors of a sunset reflected on the
Gas may make visiting a beach a little more expensive than
before, but packing a picnic or firewood or charcoal for a cook-out
makes it even more fun and keeps the costs down. I take a small
cooler bag for drinks.
Beach list: Swimsuits, sunscreen,Towel, Water or juice, Cooler,
If you leave your swim bag (with your suits and sunscreen) ready to
go when you get home, you will only have to grab it next time the
beach calls, and you won't even have to pack.
Same for a picnic. I have some small containers with ketchup, relish
or salad dressing for sandwiches in the fridge and ready to throw in
the cooler and it saves packing time when the mood for a picnic hits.
I just refill them when I get home. I check the list so I won't
forget anything. The lists are right in the cupboard door next to
the sink. It takes less time to get ready to go. Need matches to
start the charcoal? That goes on the list. There's nothing like
getting ready for a picnic and not having forks. But when it's on
the list, I can't forget. However, keep things to a minimum, to keep
it simple. When you leave, you can quickly check the list and
everyone can help get ready. The beach blanket and sunscreen stays
in the trunk for the summer. You never know when you might want to
hit the beach!
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More Beach Ideas!
We have had a lot of recent storms here in Michigan.
Depending on the direction of the waves, there can be some areas
where there is a lot of trash on the beach. It's not usually that
way, but the next time I visit the beach, I will take a trash bag and
maybe even a rake. It will only take a few minutes, but why not do
my part? I love my beaches and I can do my part to keep them clean.
While I walk the beach I can clean it up at the same time. Then I
can put the bag near the trash can. One thing I noticed the last time
I visited the beach was a lot of dead balloons with streamers
attached. We need to quit letting balloons go. They have to end up
somewhere, and then they just turn into trash! If we each clean up
our favorite picnic areas, what a nice place we will have to visit!
And, of course, the less trash we leave around, the better. And if
you smoke, please don't toss down your butt! They may be small, but
they are TRASH. One school group recently cleaned an area of beach
and the most trash they found was cigarette butts. There were over
15,000 butts on one area of beach! Find a trash can or use your ash
tray in your car, or keep a small metal tin in your pocket (like
those tin Altoids). Do it for all of us! No matter where we are, we
can clean up after ourselves. Only a bully leaves trash around for
someone else to clean up!
Dogs love the beach, and there are places where you can take
a dog to a beach. But please keep your dog on a leash! Not everyone
wants to be licked, or sniffed by your dog. We need to clean up
after our dogs, too.
Simple Easy Supper
Cook hot or sweet Italian bulk sausage, fried potatoes and chopped
onions together until done. Drain grease. Add anything else you
like, like green beans or corn. May add grated cheese right before
serving. Serve with ketchup, if desired. Nice meal for the end of a
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"The sea enters the rivers before the rivers can run into the sea. In
like manner, God comes to us before we go to Him; and heaven enters
into our souls before we can enter into heaven." ~~Peter Drelincourt
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