“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
― John Steinbeck
We’re sure that you’re tired of hearing about COVID-19. And truthfully, we are too. But that doesn’t change the fact that it’s still here, and here to stay for a little while longer.
In the meantime – you’re in the dog days of summer. Your plans have been changed, canceled, or postponed. You probably have restless kids around, and you’re getting a little antsy yourself.
There’s still plenty of things to do. Who knows, maybe this will be your most memorable summer!
Go hiking: Find an unbeaten path and have at it! Pack a water bottle, sunscreen, and high-energy snacks. If you have kids along, don’t be a martyr – let them carry their backpack. Just give other adventurers you happen to meet plenty of room to pass.
Try your hand at kayaking: No worries about social distancing here – kayaks are around 10 ft. long. If you prefer canoes, they’re often 16 feet. Of course, you might have to worry about getting wet! But then, that’s part of the fun when it’s hot – just be sure your cooler of drinks and snacks is sealed shut and secured to the kayak or canoe.
Have an impromptu picnic: Gather your kids, an old blanket, and some frisbees. Support a local business by picking up some takeout and eating at an open park.
Have a Grill Party – COVID style: Not much says summer like the smell burgers and dogs on the grill. So, host a neighborhood bash – with everyone grilling “together” from the comfortable safety of their front yard.
Go on a Drive: Take a drive around town with just the people in your household. Take the scenic route. Listen to an audiobook or a new music album. Podcasts are aplenty. Plus, everyone knows some of the best conversations happen behind the wheel.
“Go” to an outdoor theater: That would be in your backyard. With or without a projector. Here are a couple of links to get you going.
Movie Marathon: Are you really into movies? Pick a theme – any theme will do – and schedule a weekend to plug through your favorites. Of course, this might be better done ‘indoors’ rather than outside!
Create a Summer Reading Club: Invite a few friends to join you. Set your reading goals and have Zoom or Skype chats over your favorite author, plot-twist, or character developments.
Host a Cooking Challenge: Pick a new recipe and challenge a friend to a cooking duel over FaceTime. Who can make it best? Just remember…you’re in it to win it.
Plan a Virtual Game Night: While we’re talking about Zoom and Skype and FaceTime (oh, my!), try scheduling a game night with some friends. Old standbys like Pictionary, Trivia, and Bingo are adaptable to video conferencing platforms. (Follow the links for word and question generators.)
Get Crafty: Some of us have the gift, and some of us don’t. But even so, who doesn’t have fun with things like glue, crayons, and colored markers?
There are so many more things that you can do this summer, despite COVID. It might take a little creativity, but keep the right perspective, put health and safety first, and this could be one of the most memorable summers of all time.
*Regulations and guidelines vary from state to state, and county to county. Be sure to check with your local health authorities regarding activities that are open for your enjoyment.
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Easy Tasty Salsa
Spice up the fun – with Tortilla Chips and Salsa
- 1 1/3 cup chopped tomato
- 1 1/3 cup chopped onion
- 1 1/3 cup chopped bell pepper (any color or mix of colors)
- 1 bundle of fresh cilantro – minced
- 1 – 15 oz. can tomato sauce
- ¼ c red-wine vinegar
- 1 – 2 Tablespoons xylitol
Mix all the ingredients for a delicious mild salsa or add your favorite hot pepper sauce to spice it up. Serve with your favorite tortilla chip.