This last month of summer can seem especially long so I thought I would share these ideas to help make it more enjoyable.
~If you have a beach sojourn this month, try to enjoy it at different times: an early morning browse to collect shells before the crowds come, a late afternoon visit to fly kites after they've left. Save one evening for a moonlight walk. If you are not alone, hold hands.
~Rediscover the books you loved as a child. Head off to a library and wander into the children's section. Recall those moments of contentment curled up with a good book. What was it? Little Women? Black Beauty? Anne of Green Gables? Nancy Drew? Little House on the Prairie?
~Lie in a hammock while you get reacquainted with your favorite stories.
~When was the last time you stargazed? One clear summer's evening lie on a big blanket in your backyard with a good bottle of wine or sparkling cider, cheese, biscuits, and fresh fruit. Look up into the night sky. Find a star to wish upon.
~Look for the moon while you are out there. The next full one will be on August 28.
~Be sure to spend some time enjoying the last of the pretty flowers.
~If it is really hot outside, bring some of the blooms indoors.
Here are some more fun and unique ways to celebrate August...
August 2 ~ National Ice Cream Day (We missed this, but I think any day is good for ice cream!)
August 4 ~ National Mustard Day
August 8 ~ Admit You're Happy Day
August 10 ~ Lazy Day
August 18 ~ Watermelon Day
Deep in the wood I made a house
Where no one knew the way;
I carpeted the floor with moss,
And there I loved to play.
I heard the bubbling of the brook;
At times an acorn fell,
And far away a robin sang
Deep in the lonely dell.
I set a rock with acorn cups,
So quietly I played
A rabbit hopped across the moss
And did not seem afraid
That night before I went to bed
I at my window stood,
And thought how dark my house must be
Down in the lonesome wood.
Ideas from Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach
Pictures can be found at www.art.com
Feel free to share what you do to enjoy these hot summer days!