I ♥ SUMMER! Almost everything about it. Since moving to North Carolina in 1988, summer became my second favorite season – first favorite will always be autumn. But summertime is the time to quit fretting about things that just don’t matter because there are things to do outside, places to go, people to see, trails to hike, fish to catch and flowers to smell! I like to make summer easy and enjoyable, so I’m going to share some of the things I do around the house and garden to assure my enjoyment!
- Roll up and store all those area rugs! We have hardwood floors and I love the feel of bare, cool floors in the summertime.
- Put doilies on all the furniture surfaces – they camouflage dust so beautifully!
- Tie a slender vase or water bottle (I use a cobalt blue water bottle) to a stick and post it in your garden – then put a fresh flower or bouquet in it as often as necessary – don’t forget to fill it with water!
- In a big glass jar or decanter, place fresh slices of an orange and one-half of a vanilla bean (sliced open) with cold water. Let sit overnight or all day in the ‘frig…the infused water tastes just like a creamsicle! I sweeten mine with Stevia – but you may not even want it sweetened.
- Put a small amount of household bleach in your water fountains outside – to keep the yuk at bay!
- Because we live in the country, with a creek running through the area, we keep water shoes ready – a quick walk through the cold creek water will take care of rising body temps!
- The hammock is ready to unroll at any given moment!
- Be sure bicycle tires are pumped and ready to roll!
- Make your own hummingbird nectar: 1 part sugar / 4 parts water (4 cups boiling water and 1 cup white sugar – mix well, allow to cool).
- My all time favorite bee/wasp sting remedy: a weed that grows in the cracks of your driveway or sidewalk: PLANTAIN. Google it:
- Pick a few leaves of plantain from a clean source. Try to gather it away from the side of the road. Also away from places where chemicals are sprayed. HOWEVER, if an emergency, you get it where you can get it.
- Chew the leaves up real good keeping the plant matter and saliva in the FRONT of your mouth.
- Spit it out on to your bee or wasp sting site.
- Hold it on the sting site for a few minutes until you feel relief. Repeat if necessary.
- Keep a charged, digital camera, or your phone, at the ready.
- Keep a tote bag packed with beach towels and dry clothes in the trunk of the car.
- Be sure the gas can for the mower is always full and the string trimmer always charged!
The most important thing is to enjoy this wonderful, carefree season – and please let me know your favorite summertime tips!