The Simple LIfe
- The Simple Life
Welcome to August!
We have had a pleasant summer, not too hot, so yesterday when
we went for a ride I didn't take my swimming suit, but it ended up
being very hot! Terrible to be near Lake Michigan and not have a
swimsuit! I did have a jacket which is what I usually need! I
did put my feet in, though and the water was very nice.
We drove past a multitude of lakes and streams. The water was
deep blue and families were enjoying it wherever we went. That's
what summer is all about distressing. We spend as much time as we
can just relaxing and enjoying the lazy days. If we do nothing
else, summer is for distressing. Here are some ideas.
Pick some huckleberries and bake a pie! Call your girlfriends
even if they are grandmothers and take your rafts to the beach. You
might want to take the grandkids. One grandmother I know says she
never did go skinny dipping, but she does go `chunkydipping'
whenever she gets a chance.
Invite some friends over for a pot-luck to make a cool evening
fun. Take yourself fishing. After it cools down, go for a bike
ride around the neighborhood.
Get up early. You can do it. Get that coffee on and sit out
on the deck in your jammies, even! Or, bake a batch of cinnamon
rolls for no special reason. Put dinner in a crock pot and you
won't need to cook tonight! If it rains, get out a puzzle and put
it together on the screened porch with the grandkids.
If it's really hot give the kids a bath in nice cool water.
Let them play for an hour or so. This will help them relax so they
can fall asleep easily.
Have an evening pattern. I don't know how many times I've
heard people say their child won't go to bed at night. He will if
you teach him to! Set a time and stick with it. Even if they play
quietly in their bed, that's ok. Give them some books to read.
Read one or two favorite books to them first and then say
goodnight. They will learn to go to sleep on their own. Don't give
in to their complaints. They need to get used to the idea and
before you know it, the struggle will be over. Parents deserve a
quiet evening, too!
Enjoy the early morning to water the garden and potted plants
around the yard. Make a menu. You can always change it, but it
will help you plan ahead. Don't go to the store without checking
your freezer. What can you use up there, first? Plan your meals
around food you already have. Base your meals around salad and
veggies for lighter meals.
Make a list for your day(s) off. Make your dreams a priority.
Working weekends is not so bad. You can treat your days off during
the week as a weekend. The advantage is there are less people
during the week whether it's the mall or the beach. Traffic is
less and safer! Plan simple meals. Kids love to help pack a
picnic basket when they know they get to go to the beach.
Plan your summer around your priorities so you won't miss it!
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Simple Summer Salad
Adjust this salad to the size you can use.
Chop up broccoli, cauliflower and some onion. Stir in grated co-
jack or cheddar cheese. Add salad dressing to make it creamy.
Optional ingredients are sunflower seeds, chopped radishes, raisins
or anything you want to try. This makes a great and filling lunch
and definitely low-calorie.
Keeping the House Cool
Now that we might be having some hot weather here are some tips
for keeping your cool in the house without a lot of extra energy.
We don't have air conditioning and if we did we'd only need it a
couple days a year. But on the few days we could use some help
cooling down the house here's what helps.
While it's still cool in the morning, close up the windows.
Cover the windows that the sun will shine in with a sheet blanket or
towel if you don't have blinds or curtains. This will keep the sun
from heating the air inside the window. Open the windows again in
the evening when the outside is cooler. Don't run the oven or stove
or any appliance that gives off a lot of heat.
Make sure your attic is vented. You might consider installing a
attic fan to expel hot air. For long term home cooling consider
planting fast growing trees to shade areas that are exposed to the
In the Garden
Plan meals around those zucchinis and tomatoes. If you are at a
loss for a good recipe, check out the internet. Every meal doesn't
have to be a salad. Do a search and you will have thousands of
ideas in no time.
D.L. Moody once said that at a certain meeting two and a half people
were converted to Christ. A friend asked if he meant two adults and
a child. The facts were just the opposite -
two children and an adult. When a child is led to Christ, a whole
life is saved!
Things great have small beginnings.
Every downpour is just a raindrop;
Every fire is just a spark;
every harvest is just a seed;
every journey is just a step because
without that step there will be no journey;
without that raindrop there can be no shower;
without that seed there can be no harvest.
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