July 3, 2012
AIRDRIE, AB, Jul 3, 2012/ Troy Media/ – I love summer. I adore summer. I would be a happy camper if we had summer 12 months of the year (with three days of snow at Christmas).
Here are my top 10 reasons why I think summer should be a year-round event:
1. Stress-relief in the form of ruthless deadheading of garden flowers. Not only does this get rid of your excess stress, but it does wonders for the flowers, too. ‘Off with your head,’ you cry, as you decapitate a wilting water lily, all the while picturing that difficult client you have to deal with on a regular basis.
2. The smell of newly mown grass . . . always provided you aren’t the one having to do the mowing.
3. Getting dressed in about one minute. During the winter, it takes at least a half an hour to put on all those layers.
4. Long, lazy days at the lake. If you aren’t near a lake, you can usually find an equivalent right outside your front door (or in your basement) shortly after those torrential downpours we seem to have been experiencing lately.
5. Thunderstorms. This is a great reason to explain why you haven’t got your work done: ‘The power was out.’
6. An opportunity to try a wide variety of tall, cool tropical drinks, sometimes even at one sitting. Another reason why you haven’t got your work done, but don’t try this excuse on the boss.)
7. Road construction. Yes, I know this sounds weird, but it can provide a chance to appreciate the fact that you do not have to work outside regardless of blazing sun, pouring rain, sleet or hail (or snow, in our part of the world). And just think how nice it will be when it is all done!
8. Listening to those people who always complain . . . that the municipality never does any upgrading/fixing/building local roads. complain about the fact that there’s an incredible amount of road construction going on. Just smile and nod and think to yourself, ‘What a dweeb.’
9. Driving with the windows open and the music blaring. For an extra dash of fun, put in classical and turn up the bass. There’s nothing like boom-boxing down the road to Mozart . . . and the looks you get from other drivers will bring a smile to your face.
10. Taking a ‘staycation’ while all others are fighting the traffic on the way to the mountains/lakes/campgrounds/Edmonton (oops, sorry about that). You can spend your two weeks planning for all the things you need to do around the house. You don’t have to actually do anything – just thinking about them is enough, and very relaxing, too. Try it while you’re sitting in the back yard with a tall, cool tropical drink in your hand soaking up the sun in between bouts of thunderstorms.
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