Summer is here!

August Fun Facts

August Flower: gladiolus or poppy - meaning beauty, strength of character, love, marriage and family

August Birthstone: peridot or onyx

Here is a short list of special days celebrated in August:
Month Long Observances  

  • American Artist Appreciation Month
  • Foot Health Month
  • National Golf Month
  • National Water Quality Month

Week Long Observances

  • 1st Week - National Clown Week
  • 2nd Week - National Smile Week
  • 3rd Week - American Dance Week

Throughout the year, you usually take care of everybody else, so when summer rolls around .... a surprising desire to "break out" sometimes hits like a bolt from the blue. Of course, you want to be a responsible adult so often you'll just wait until the feeling passes! But what if you listened to your inner child, and really went with it this summer? Many medical experts says that when you diverge from the "same 'ol same 'ol" you stand a better chance of increasing your energy and creativity, to face the world refreshed. Summer fun doesn't have to be expensive, or entail a lot of time or planning. In fact, these top ten tips and ideas are guaranteed to take you from busy grown-up to fun-loving kid in no time at all:

1. Go on a mini-vacation
Hire a babysitter to mind the kids, then spend a romantic weekend getaway with your honey at a country bed and breakfast, a cruise to nowhere, or maybe think about an overnight stay at a local hotel. With room service.

2. Take in a music fest
Wherever you happen to be located, there will probably be an easy way to get to a summer concert scheduled nearby offering a cheap live music venue. It may even include a fireworks show at the end of an evening of cool jazz, classical music, nostalgic doo wop, or even a chance to see big name headliners at a nominal price.

3. Go to a street fair
Urban street fairs are now a sure sign of summer in cities from coast to coast. Check out a local street fair schedule near you, and if you happen to live nearby to a famous one like the 9th Avenue Food Festival in New York, the Union Street Art Festival in San Francisco, or the Summer Solstice parade in Seattle, remember that these are often one-shot events that are easy to miss. So, make sure to jot it down on your calendar and have fun sampling the local fare or catching up with the latest neighborhood gossip.

4. Have a block party
If your street doesn't host one yet, make it happen by talking it up with next-door neighbors. All it takes is portable tables, homemade fixing’s, and community pride. Just make sure to get a permit, then pitch in to hire a DJ or rent a bouncy house to keep the kids amused and the teen's rockin' throughout the day. And who knows? It might even become an annual tradition.

5. Throw a summer theme party
Plan a summer blowout with a summer theme. Consider an indoor or outdoor beach party, Hawaiian luau, or a Christmas in July spectacular.

6. Host a movie night
Fire up the DVD, grab the snacks and popcorn and spend the night in air-conditioned comfort at home with friends and family. Make it a tradition on a Saturday night to feature different themes throughout the summer such as Disney, sci-fi, action-adventure, or a Hollywood night party.

7. Visit an amusement park
Other than taxes, what's a better reason for having dependents than using them as "cover" to visit a favorite amusement park ? While it may appear that you're a great parent treating everybody to a day out, you will be the one actually having most of the fun. Suspend your diet for the day, and recall what it feels like to have cotton candy melt in your mouth.

8. Go fishing
Remember a whole day spent shooting the breeze with dad or grandpa while not actually doing ...anything? Fishing remains a No.1 bona fide reason for getting away from it all for a day or afternoon at the lake or park. And catching a fish is great, but absolutely not a requirement.

9. Hit the backyard grill
Drop what you're doing and plan for a backyard barbecue. Invite the neighbors and spend the day gnoshing on chicken wings, ribs, burgers and hot dogs. For the little ones, don't forget juicy drinks, finger foods, watermelon and a cool summer dessert.

10. Shake it up!
On the weekends, break out of the old routine by trying something NEW. Learn how to golf, go scuba diving, kayaking, or drive to a state or national park for a fun summer photo safari. Go ahead. You know you always wanted to...

 

Get Organized This Summer

Banish all the lake pandemonium (Who took my towel? Where are my flip-flops?) with a designated station featuring boldly numbered hooks and corresponding cloth baskets for each guest or family member. Now if only there were a system for getting them to remember to put on sunscreen.

You will need to make the Stencil Hallway Organizer:

  • Craft knife
  • Painter's tape
  • Small natural sea sponge
  • Latex and fabric paints

Instructions:

  1. To make stencils: On a computer, enlarge numbers in a font you like; print on waterproof paper. Cut out with craft knife.
  2. For wall, center stencils above hooks, and secure with painters' tape. Dip sponge in latex paint, blot excess, and dab on stencil. For baskets, use fabric paint. Proceed as above, but place a box or other hard object behind fabric for a firm work surface.

 

 

Grill Up a Fruity Dessert

July and August are prime time for peaches. Why not have peaches for dessert! Try grilled peaches with sweetened sour cream for an amazing treat this summer!

 

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes
Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 recipe grilled peaches
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon light-brown sugar
  • 1 cup crushed amaretti cookies

Directions:

  1. Prepare Grilled Peaches; set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together sour cream and 1 tablespoon light-brown sugar.
  2. Spoon mixture over peaches; sprinkle with crushed amaretti cookies.

 

Enjoy summer with friends and family!

While everyone else is having fun this summer, remember to resist the urge to recall all your grown-up obligations to give the little kid that still lives inside you a break. Your friends, family, and YOU will be very glad you did!

Compiled from Google, 2011

 

 

Bill Barringer
Team Leader
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