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Monday, June 21, 2010

Chapter 6, Page 21, Book 10

Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.

Russel Baker

It is the first day of Summer today and I'm sure it is the favorite season of the year for me. I loved Spring because the cold days of Winter were over, but I love Summertime the best.

The 21st of June is the longest day of the year. It is called the Summer Solstice

Everybody, let's all sing together now! It's the most wonderful time of the year! It isn't December, but it is summertime

Here are some tips for enjoying summer to its fullest

Downshift your rhythm into a slower pace. Don't plan too much to do and enjoy being lazy now and then.

Set up a game table on your porch, deck, or under a shady tree. We often do this when camping and all ages enjoy it.

Select a day to visit your town as if for the first time. Our town has a square with a fountain in the middle of it and also a beautiful park.

When the weather heats up the importance of hydration cannot be overstressed. Drink plenty of water, and switch to sports drinks if you'll be working or exercising in the heat for a long stretch. I think there is nothing quite so refreshing as a glass of Lemon Mint tea.

1 c. boiling water
1 peppermint tea bag
1 (3") stick cinnamon
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. lemon juice
Fresh mint sprig

Pour boiling water over tea bag and cinnamon stick; cover and let steep 5 minutes. Remove and discard tea bag and cinnamon stick. Add sugar and lemon juice, stirring until sugar dissolves. Serve hot or over ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint. Yield: 1 cup

Then followed that beautiful season... Summer....
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Have a Merry Monday everyone!

'On Ya'-ma


Hollie said...

Good ideas of how to enjoy summer! Thanks for sharing!

Ally Lifewithally said...

Yes let's all sing together now! It's the most wonderful time of the year! It isn't December, but it is Summertime ~
I hope this year we will be able to have a good Summer and you can enjoy your Camping trips ~
The Lemon Mint tea sounds great must try that ~ Ally x

jack69 said...

I love summer, it is hard to pick a time of the year I like best. When I was a kid it was always summer because of the creeks and rivers to swim in! Now older, they all have a poetic feel to them.

I love Longfellow. I thank God for Mrs. Grill (7th grade, 1953) who FORCED ME to read some poetry, Longfellow was one.
Love from our camp ground in the Mts of NC.

Sybil said...

I love summer Ma..and believe it or not our summer has come and they say will be here for at least a week !! temps about 70 today so we are all puffing and panting..
Love Sybilxx

Kath said...

Well it's been a very hot one here today Maand I have had a very relaxing one.So maybe summertime has begun,lets hope so as you say after that long winter.Your town sounds lovely with the foutnain and park how nice.Enjoy your porch and camping games,I used to love playing games around the table with my family,but it seems those times are gone now,they have found other interests..Take Care God Bless Kath xx

betty said...

love the header picture, Ma; such a pretty sky!

good recipe for that tea too! I bet it is refreshing! I'll have to keep this in mind as summer warms up!

enjoy the summer! I know it will be a great one for you and yours!


grammy said...

cloudy and humid today....
but can't wait to see what time the sun sets (o:
happy first day of summer to you friend