In just a few weeks, school will be back in full
session, some will be returning from vacation,
the new fall shows will kick off, and many will
be relocating for new jobs and careers.
I hope that everyone's summer has been great
and continues to be so through August. And I
hope that you were able to do the following: a
few simple but essential things (mostly
inexpensive or free) for an enjoyable season.
If you haven't yet, it's not too late!
1. VISIT A FARMER'S MARKET-Besides the obvious health benefits of fresh fruit
and veggies, there's just something very special and fun about buying from an
open-air place, isn't it?
In some major cities, farmer's markets are often held in large buildings that
remind me of airplane hangars. Besides fruit and veggies, there are also
breathtaking and endless varieties of fresh meat, seafood, fresh pastries,
cheese, beverages, and at least a few food items that you don't see regularly
or have never heard of.
You can have a tasty lunch, snack or even free samples while you're shopping
or looking around. Even if you don't buy a thing, you'll never be bored (Many
people take their kids, other relatives or friends along and make a day's event
out of it).
What a treat!
2. APPRECIATE NATURE-Now I'm not saying to go out and jog when it's 90
degrees (or higher). When The Temperature's Comfortable And Weather
Permitting, you should take full advantage of the great outdoors (Because
winter will be here soon enough).Go to your local park and walk in it. Go to the
beach and swim; walk on the sand or along the shore. Build a sandcastle. At
least once this summer, be by a large body of water like a lake, ocean, river,
pond, waterfall and "soak" up the atmosphere.
Inhale the smell of fresh-cut grass; run barefoot on it (Those of you with dogs
may want to disregard this-or run very carefully).
3. HAVE SOME ICE CREAM, AND/OR-Partake of an ice slushy (slushie?) or iced tea. Go on a picnic; you can get your fill of nature, cool off AND eat summer food too!
4. HAVE A SUMMER ADVENTURE-Do something or go someplace memorable
that you'll treasure forever. If you're on a budget, attend a free outdoor festival
(Bring your own food or snacks to save money) or concert in the park.
5. READ A BOOK-And a paperback or two. Read for the sheer joy of it, to relax,
or to relearn something you forgot. Seriously, reading ANYTIME promotes
good brain health.