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||Suggestions for Summer....
Suggestions for Summer
With winter over and summer on its way, people are beginning to
plan exactly how they will spend the long, lazy days and enjoy
their favorite season. As usual, I have a few suggestions for
EXERCISE: This is easily accomplished without fuss while
mowing grass. Grass, as every one knows, grows one inch per
minute in the summer. That means that if you run as fast
as you can while pushing the power mower in front of you, you
can finish the yard at least 30 minutes before it is tall enough
to mow again.
PICNICS: Picnics are a wonderful way for the family to
spend time together in an unstructured manner. If you do
not have time to prepare a picnic basket, feel free to stop at a
fast food place and grab a bag of burgers. Food just tastes
better when enjoyed in the fresh air. The ants, bees, and
flies also enjoy eating outside where they can enjoy the food
without hazardous obstructions, and they donít eat very much.
PARKS: Parks are a favorite way to enjoy the outdoors with
a variety of different activities. There are often hiking trails and
playground equipment for the kids. Be certain to pick up a
tube of lineament on the way home to ease the aches from too
much walking, band-aids for the kids knees, and some
ointment for mosquito bites.
VACATIONS: Most people try to plan some time off work
during the summer season. This gives a wonderful
opportunity to enjoy the traffic jams while trying to reach your
destination. Further more, you can spend a fortune to
sleep and eat and see numerous interesting sights, such as other
tourists doing the same thing. You will have an opportunity to
visit destinations far different than your home and to push,
shove, and sweat with strangers.
SWIMMING: This is a favorite activity for summer because
it keeps you cool during the heat and provides healthy activity
at the same time. Water activities can be great exercise and you can have fun in the sun
while getting a healthy tan. If you do not have a tan to show
off, cover those white legs with a towel and wear a jacket and sun hat and maybe
no one will notice. If you do this correctly, only your ankles
and the back of your neck will be sunburned.
COOKOUTS: Different foods are more readily available in
the summer months, and a variety of foods can be prepared out of
doors. Cooking over a charcoal fire gives food a taste not
obtained with other types of cooking. Be sure to watch the
food carefully, and keep your cell phone handy to summon the
fire department if the deck catches on fire. Donít worry about
the charred and dry meat, just slop on the barbecue sauce and
eat it anyhow.
CAMPING: Many families enjoy getting back to basics by
spending time living in the great outdoors and enjoying getting
back to basics. Spending the night outside is far more
enjoyable, however, if it is not raining. In the event of rain, we recommend moving to a motel. While this
is more expensive than camping, it is also much more comfortable
than soggy sleeping bags and squishy tennis shoes, which tend to
spoil the outdoor experience in a hurry. It also helps immensely
with keeping the raccoons out of your food.
SPORTS: There are many summer sports that can be enjoyed
by individuals or as team activities. If tennis, golf and
organized team sports no longer hold your interest, try some of
the more extreme sports such as rubber rafting and bungee
jumping. You will have an experience to remember and the
hospital bill will be worth every penny.
And there you have it, suggestions for fun ways to spend your
summer at home, on the road, or at far away locations.
Have fun... And
be sure to remember to send a postcard so we can see what we missed while
setting in front of the TV under the air conditioner complaining
about the heat.
Copyright 2005 Sheila Moss
Nashville, TN 37219
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