I think this quote is quite perfect for a list of simple summer pleasures, don’t you? When the days are long and hot, there is nothing like doing absolutely nothing at all. And there is no other season that you can get away with doing nothing quite like you can in the summer.
Beverly and I were discussing how quickly summer goes by, and how one never seems to enjoy it as much as possible before the chill of fall begins to creep in. So, we asked our faithful blog readers and our Facebook fan page friends to tell us what their favorite simple summer pleasure was. We’ve compiled all the comments into one handy-dandy checklist so that none of us lets summer slip by.
So, without further ado, here it is, the Create & Decorate Guide to Simple Summer Pleasures! Every time you enjoy one of these activities, check if off the list, and bask in the glory of knowing that you are squeezing every last drop of summer. Enjoy! 🙂
Sleeping in a little later
Making dinner on the grill
Sitting outside at night
Watching lightning bugs
Sipping lemonade/iced tea/iced coffee/wine/heck, even a margarita (come on, let loose!)
Roasting hot dogs and marshmallows
Enjoying the days without a schedule
Carnivals and fairs—and corn dogs
Swimming—daytime or night!
Ice cream—once a day, every day!
Picking veggies from the garden, or picking some up from a local farmstand
Canning and freezing fresh vegetables and fruit to enjoy all winter long
Smell of freshly mowed grass and hay fields
Hanging clothes on the line to dry, then bringing them in, smelling of warm sunshine
Family gatherings and barbecues (this includes all the trimmings—duh!)
The sounds of crickets and frogs at night
Hiking and fishing
Summer reading (bonus if you read in the hammock!)
Walking outside in bare feet
Acting like a kid
Lying on the grass, finding shapes in the clouds
Watching the night sky
Sleeping with the windows open
And don’t think we forgot! We also chose a winner of Summer, A User’s Guide by Suzanne Brown. Congratulations to Kim Sibley Dilney!
Now get outside and enjoy summer! Go on…shoo!