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Old 08-05-2004, 07:26 PM
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chuckle Simple indulgences for summertime

by Susie Michelle Cortright

Nurture your mind, body and soul with these warm-weather treats.

Just before dawn, take a moonlit hike. Then sit back at your destination and watch the sunrise from a new place.

Make strawberry shortcake with real whipped cream.

Go fishing.

Escape with your spouse and rent a canoe.

Take the kids horseback riding.

Borrow a convertible.

Take a historic walking tour of your town or city. Visit your local library for information about self-guided tours, or call your Chamber of Commerce to see if your town offers organized tours. Build your sense of community by learning about your city's heritage.

Take the kids to the zoo.

Hike through your nearest wildlife area or state park.

Sit back in a lawn chair with fresh iced tea.

Take the kids on a bike ride.

Visit your local farmer's market.

Take the rocking chair onto the front porch.

Make a great big salad for dinner. Grill chicken, cut in strips, place on a bed of lettuce, and top with your favorite veggies.

Float down a river.

Run through the sprinkler with your kids.

Take the kids for miniature golf, or head to a nearby driving range.

Sit outside and paint your toenails. (A number of brands dry in 90 seconds). Now, put on a pair of sandals or go barefoot. Enjoy an instant energy lift each time you look down at your feet.

Eat raspberries.

Play disc golf. Many communities now feature courses for "Frisbee Golf," but you can create your own in any park. Just designate a few trees as your "holes" and toss away.

Host an outdoor tea party with your daughter and her friends.

Find a petting zoo.

Fly a kite.

Head to the beach.

Blow bubbles.

Go inline skating.

Dine al fresco. Set a table on the deck, front porch, or in the middle of your backyard. Outdoor dining doesn't have to mean paper plates. Use the good stuff, light a few candles, and enjoy a glass of wine. Don't forget the centerpiece of fresh-cut flowers.

Indulge in a glamorous pair of sunglasses.

Take the kids out for an ice cream cone. Take a walk while you enjoy this warm weather treat.

Make sun tea.

Enjoy the feminine flair of a sundress, sandals and a straw hat.

Sit on a park bench. Just sit there and do absolutely nothing.

Take off your shoes and run through freshly mown grass with the kids.

Refrigerate your favorite body spray, or make your own by adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil to a spritzer of water. Spray the cool mist on your face, the back of your neck, and the soles of your feet.

Pack a picnic and go the prettiest place you can think of.

Visit a botanical garden.

Treat yourself to a homemade fruit smoothie. Blend low-fat yogurt with your favorite fruits. Serve in an elegant wine glass or goblet.

Enjoy the summer air while providing some creature comforts. Many animal shelters need volunteers to walk their dogs. These dogs greatly benefit from the exercise and the companionship, and so do we.

Take your camera along on a walk today. Be on the lookout for peaceful moments you can capture with a photo. Once the photos are developed, place them where you will see them whenever you need a quick escape.

Round up the kids this evening, bundle up, and head outside to watch the sunset. Focus on all of your senses. What do you see? How does the evening air feel against your skin?

Curl up with your favorite dog or cat for 10 minutes. If your dog loves fetch, head outside to throw a few Frisbees.

Walk for 15 minutes with no destination. Whether you go alone or with someone, just make sure you're outside (no treadmills). As you walk, be on the lookout for signs of summer. The smell of fresh grass clippings. Your neighbor's daffodils.

Nap on a porch swing.

Take the kids to the library or browse an online bookstore. Select a "beach book": an absorbing story you can enjoy without a whole lot of thought. While it may not be great literature, it will allow you to escape into a new world every time you pick it up. It doesn't matter how long it takes you to read the book. It just matter that it's there.

Sit in the middle of your yard and practice some deep breathing exercises. Consciously relax each part of your body, and let the tension melt away with each breath.

Become aware of the present moment. Try not to think about what's going to happen Monday, or this afternoon, or even five minutes from now. Instead, turn your attention to the details of your life...the way the sun feels on your face, the way your scalp feels when your hair blows in the wind, the way your children talk, the joy of spending time with your family.

Appreciate nature. Whether you focus on the stars above, a distant mountain range, or the cottonwood tree in your backyard, try to notice the details.

Write down your own favorite simple summertime indulgences.

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Old 08-22-2004, 07:06 AM
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Family Fun night

Next Saturday my church is having a Family Fun night (have one about every 3 months). We will be watching the not yet released Veggie Tale movie Sumo of The Opera and the church provides popcorn and drinks. Those attending the free event are asked to bring snacks to share. There will also be crafts & games for the kids.
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Old 08-22-2004, 01:57 PM
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Sound like fun!!

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Old 08-23-2004, 09:24 AM
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For us I would have to say the following two are our favorites.

Walks in the state parks, walking through tunnels of beautiful trees.

Sitting in our front yard visiting with all our neighbors.

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Old 08-26-2004, 07:15 PM
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When it is way too hot outside to play, we go to McDonald's around 10 am. We pay $5 for sodas and cookies and the kids can play and I can read or do my crossword in peace. We leave before the lunch crowd comes and eat lunch at home. Cheaper than lunch out and the kids still get to enjoy the playland. We even do playdates there!!
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