Have you ever felt regret at the end of summer for all the things you didn’t do? I have. It’s all too easy to let the summer days slip by in a haze of heat and humidity. But I’m determined to not let that happen this year. I started making a list of the fun things I want to do this summer. I’m still working on it but I thought I’d share 10 things on my summer fun list with you today.
Dee’s Summer Fun List
1. Make homemade peach ice cream once a week throughout peach season.
There are peach orchards in a nearby town and I absolutely adore fresh peaches from the farmers market. Sadly, I didn’t make peach ice cream even once last summer. That’s not going to happen this year!
2. Go to an afternoon movie by myself at least once.
I’ll skip lunch and indulge in buttery popcorn and Raisinets while watching a movie all by myself.
3. Have fresh flowers in the house at all times.
Even if it’s a single carnation from the florist or something I cut from my own yard, I’m going to enjoy flowers every day.
4. Schedule lunch with my cousin in the city once a month then go to the museum afterwards.
I bought myself a season pass to the OKC museum a couple of months ago. They are hosting a Matisse exhibit this summer which I can’t wait to see.
5. Spend an afternoon simply driving the backroads and exploring.
The countryside is beautiful here in southeastern Oklahoma, especially right now before it gets too hot. This is one I need to do soon while all the wildflowers are still in bloom.
6. Stargaze with David in our backyard at least two or three times a week.
This is one of our favorite things to do together. We have zero gravity chairs so we can lean way back and enjoy the night sky. We also have a telescope. Last night we spent about 20 minutes stargazing while David had Sinatra playing quietly on his phone. We saw a shooting star and the lightning bugs were out. Sheer bliss.
7. Schedule at least three massages.
I always feel amazing after a massage but don’t get around to scheduling them very often. I’m going to schedule one right after our annual backyard music festival (I’ll need it!) and then while I’m there, go ahead and schedule one for July and another for August.
8. Buy myself some really good felt tip pens or colored pencils and spend some time every week with my coloring book.
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9. Plan at least one day where I do nothing but read.
It’s been way too long since I’m allowed myself time to get totally immersed in a book for more than an hour or so. I’ll prepare for this day by cleaning house the day before and putting something in the crockpot for dinner. I may turn off the phone, too!
10. Go to the beach.
David and I are going to California for our 35th anniversary in June and I cannot wait! Sometimes my longing for the sea becomes intense. I’m about at that point so I’m grateful for this opportunity.
So there you go – the first 10 items on my summer fun to-do list. Do you make a list like this? If it’s coming up on summer in your part of the world, do you have any special plans? I’d love to hear about them. Leave me a comment and tell me how you have fun in the summer.