Tomorrow is summer! Sure – it has pretty much felt like summer for weeks now. School is out and temperatures are high:) But the calendar makes it official tomorrow. Woo hoo! Just for fun, here are two “little lists” pertaining to summer. At least, summer for me!
Four must-haves for summer:
1 – Shade! Ha – not exactly what most want from summer days. I don’t mind the heat and can even tolerate the humidity but I avoid direct sun rays. Like a boss. I burn in literal seconds because I am pasty white. And I am pasty white because I don’t do sun. It’s a hamster wheel but I’m okay with it. I learned years ago that sunburns are dumb. After cancer and with so many sun cancer victims in my family – I have no desire for soaking up rays.
2 – Self-tanner. Pretty self-explanatory. See #1:)
3 – Sunglasses. Not only does my skin not enjoy the sun, neither do my eyes. I know that blue eyes are, supposedly, light sensitive but I think mine are extra sensitive. Apparently, there is a word for that – photophobia. Sounds more like someone who runs from the camera. But, that’s me as well so it’s all good. I do have to have sunglasses, though. All day. Every day.
4 – Ice tea. I do like water. But I love ice tea:) I don’t drink it nearly as often in the cooler months but, in the summer, ice tea is purely delightful!!
Four (loosely-held) goals for summer:
1 – New recipes. As a vegetarian, summer is my favorite time for eating with the season. The summer vegetables are my favorite. Minus the tomatoes – death to tomatoes. But I tend to get into a rut with my favorite (easy) go-to dishes. I am going to try a few new recipes each month. Not only new dishes but some new-to-me ingredients as well.
2 – Finish one house project. Spring lures me outside a lot but with the temperatures hotter, I can work on some room projects that have been needing attention. Primarily, our guest room which has essentially become a “junk room” or an extra super-sized walk-in storage closet. Pitiful. If I put that goal here in words, hopefully, I will be accountable to get it done.
3 – Vacation. We don’t often vacation in the summer. We always wait until September. Lower prices… fewer crowds…cooler days. All of it makes for a great vacation. But we are wanting to try something a little different and are hoping to go away in July. Somewhere we have never been. Just because.
4 – Scripture reading – and maybe some scripture writing as well. During the summer, I am not involved in either group Bible studies or my own Bible studies. I am intentionally trying to focus my devotion time, this summer, strictly on reading the scriptures. Larger passages and more of them. I am not using any guides, reading schedules per se (although I am trying to be organized and purposefully) and I am not spending a lot of time “digging deeper” but using the extra time to simply read more. I have also been intrigued, a bit, with the idea of writing scripture. I may try it. For some reason, the concept intimidates me rather than excites me. The fact that I cannot draw a straight line with a ruler might play into that but I will see.
What are your goals for summer? Anything specific for these months of humidity and sunshine? I’d love it if you would share. Enjoy that extra long day tomorrow!!