Summer is at its high point right now…..humidity, sun-drenched days, long evenings of extra daylight, cold drinks in sweaty glasses, farmer’s markets – and produce departments piled with fresh fruits and vegetables. Blooming crepe myrtles, flower beds that need watering. And impromptu trips to the seasonal ice cream stand. Oh, summer, I love you!
Here are a just a few things I am loving this summer – in no particular order:)
1 – Mornings! I really do not need any new reason to love mornings. I am, and always have been, a morning person! And then, in the summer, morning comes so much earlier…and it is glorious! We have a window directly above our bed. From a decorating point of view, it is a bit of a nuisance but when the morning sun streams through that window and wakes up the room with light, I am so tickled to have that window there!
2- Netflix. Although I have had Netflix for awhile, there never was a show that I was “just hooked” on – until this summer. Then I discovered Call the Midwife. I’ve heard others talk so highly about this show but never thought it would interest me, so I decided to see for myself. I’ll admit, it took about three episodes before I was absolutely hooked. But I was definitely hooked. As with books, I had to watch the series in order and I watch about two episodes a week but I think I’m actually nearing the end – nooo. I really look forward to each new episode. I know. Totally late to the game – but I do like it.
3 – Light dinners. The comfort foods and crock-pot dinners that cook all day are great during the cooler seasons, but during the summer, dinner is much simpler. We have much lighter appetites and, admittedly, I have much less motivation to prepare full meals. We have been enjoying lots of veggies, pasta salads and even more sandwiches that don’t require a hot kitchen to prepare.
4 – Coconut and essential oil. For washing my face. I never dreamed I would wash my face with oil, but it is wonderful. A few drops of essential oil (I use tea tree oil) in a small scoop of coconut oil – smells wonderful, removes every bit of my makeup, makes my skin feel so smooth and has noticeably improved the look of my skin. It is the best.
5 – Devotionals on my Kindle. Not sure if it is the extra hours of morning or just the more relaxed schedule of summer, but I have more time for my Bible reading/study these days. I have been adding some devotionals/suggested readings to my time and really enjoying them. Often, I start a devotional and then find I don’t use it or enjoy it (one reason I don’t ever buy them) but this summer, I have come across several that have been great. I am also slow to embracing my e-reader but it is almost a constant companion these days! These early summer mornings spent in the word have been extra sweet this year.