Jul 22, 2008

Summer Dreams

Well, it's already July 22nd and I feel like summer days are slipping past. There are always so many visions I have of how I'll spend my summer. But it seems in Michigan the summer is over in a blink of an eye and I have not had the chance to really enjoy it.

So far, I have been able to spend some time at the in-laws cottage, visit Cincinnati, go sailing, and walk the lighthouse pier at our beach, walk downtown during street performer night, see an outdoor concert at Frederik Meijer Gardens, and make strawberry jam. I made it out to my parent's house, but only once. We've started our patio, but not quite finished it.

By the end of the summer, I am making a promise to myself to spend an afternoon at the beach, walk downtown with Brian for a weeknight dinner somewhere with outdoor seating, see a free concert in the park, spin some yarn outdoors under the shade tree, and invite our neighbors over for dinner on our finished patio (hence we have to finish the patio!) We are going camping for a full week coming up, so I know I'll feel like I've appreciated the summer a bit more once I get back from that trip.

Anyone else with summer dreams?


Jacqueline said...

Ahhh, the summer is flying by so fast! I have to say that I feel the same way that you do, like I haven't enjoyed it to the fullest. Jeff and I might make a weekend trip up north, but with school that could be tricky to plan. Still, it would be nice to get away!

Patty Ann said...

You would like Sarah Ban Breathnach's book "Simple Abundance, A Daybook of Comfort and Joy"...it was pretty big in the 90's. She has daily narratives with a lot of seasonal emphasis on how to grow gratitude for the simplest of things. I don't know if anyone gives these up to second hand shops, they are keepers.

mamie said...

More days at the cottage for me. Better restful nights would be nice so that I could better enjoy my summer days. (I still wake up occasionally at 5AM not feeling the best.) Daily Mass a couple times a week has been a goal. Some trips to the pool for some much needed exercise - the water aerobics is so awesome!

On the other hand I have made headway on some pretty special projects that I wouldn't have been able to do if I was working. For that I'm grateful.