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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

A Summer Hodgepodge

1.The first day of summer rolls in later this week. What are ten things you'd put on your list of quintessential summer activities? Will you try to manage all ten this summer?

Summer vacation – this summer I’m going east to Newfoundland with my mom and my aunt. Growing up, if we didn’t go to Newfoundland we were usually camping more locally.
Getting together with family – for the last several years, we’ve had family reunions with my husband’s side of the family and less frequent gatherings with mine. We’re trying to up the latter going forward. No one’s getting any younger.
Enjoying summer foods – watermelon, fresh berries, corn on the cob. Yes, yes, yes!
Going for walks in nature – I hope to, though time is at a bit of a premium.

Chilling outside – we have a lovely sunroom in the back and a sitting area out front. Unfortunately, we don’t get as much time as we’d like in either place.
Barbecues – but not often, and three out of four of us eat plant strong. Our barbecuing efforts are fairly simple.

Taking more pictures – for sure when I go east I will be taking lots of photos.
Going to the beach – quintessential but not something we do often.

Camping – also quintessential but we sold our trailer a few years ago and are traveling a little differently now.
Gazing up at the stars – looking forward to seeing them in Newfoundland – otherwise, I don’t think we’ll be out that much late at night or away from a lit-up city.

2. Do you collect seashells when you're at the beach? What do you do with them once you get them home? What's your favorite place to comb for seashells? How many of these '
best beaches for hunting seashells' have you visited? Which one would you most like to visit?

Calvert Cliffs State Park (Maryland), Jeffrey's Bay (South Africa), Sanibel Island (Florida), Shipwreck Beach (Lanai Hawaii), Ocracoke Island (North Carolina), Galveston Island (Texas) and The Bahamas
I do comb the beach for seashells and other treasures. I display some when I get home, but often do nothing with the rest. Note to self: only bring back the most spectacular to show off. I actually haven't visited any of those beaches, but would most like to visit Sanibel Island. It sounds lovely.

3. At a snail's pace, shell out money, come out of your shell, go back into your shell, drop a bombshell, happy as a clam, clam up...which 'shell' phrase could most recently be applied to some event or circumstance in your life? Explain.

Definitely shelling out money. Bathroom renovations don’t come cheap!

4. What summer activity do you dislike? Why?

Tanning – while we need vitamin D and get it naturally from the sun, it’s not healthy to spend too much time soaking up its rays. Too many people getting melanoma.

5. What's something you see as quickly becoming obsolete? Does that bother you?
Manners, and it bothers me a lot!! I still haven't received a thank you note or e-mail for a wedding gift I gave three years ago.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Finally got around to reading Francis Chan’s Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit. Best 97 cents I ever spent at Goodwill. Highly recommend it to readers who identify as Christian and desire a more healthy spiritual life.
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  1. I totally agree with you about the manners thing. It's sad, really. I have always taught my boys to write thank you notes. Insisted is more like it. It's a lost art. Enjoy your summer!

    1. I'm sure your insistence was appreciated by the recipients of those thank-you notes, even if not by your boys! But they may "thank you" someday! I do think failing to send a note or at least e-mail is rude and a sign of ingratitude. And then they want a gift for the next celebratory occasion!

      Thanks for the comment, Jenny - hope you have a good summer also!

  2. Manners are definitely in decline. My kids' friends are all without them. It's not that they're rude but they forget to say please and thank you when they come to my house.

    1. It may be that they haven't been taught. Once the window of opportunity is past, it's a lot harder, if not impossible, to correct.

  3. We used to camp quite a bit when our kids were younger, but haven't in years. I'd love to do some camping out west, so maybe one of these days. Enjoy your summer to-do's!

    1. Camping in the mountains is amazing!


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