Summer Magic

Now that we have had a heat dome intense summer and temps that reached to 100 degrees, I’m ready to go back to spring and 75 degrees and nothing more.

This would be my go-to outfit for summer… both from SmartGlamour

Think of summer from your inner child perspective as described in this article:

Summer Bucket List

Go to the beach, walk on the sand, collect shells

Make and fly airplanes; folded paper, balsa wood, remote control, drones

Take afternoon naps, on the beach, in your yard, at the park, in a hammock, on a glider or porch swing

Go to an Amusement Park and ride the Ferris wheel and rollercoaster

Have an appetizer party (Buffalo wings, stuffed mushrooms, popcorn, ice-cold green grapes, mixed nuts), play music and dance, provide board games, and end the evening with a movie under the stars

Create artwork on sidewalks with colored chalk

Do artwork; drawing, sketching, painting, collage, abstract acrylics, sculpture, pottery

Make banana splits but customize to your own tastes. Mine would be vanilla and chocolate ice cream with caramel sauce, hot fudge sauce, and marshmallow cream.

Host a Barbecue Party

Play Badminton

Walk Around Barefoot… paint your toenails pink!!

Go to a Baseball Game (Seattle has the Mariners, and we went to plenty of those, but we also loved going to the smaller, more intimate Everett AquaSox games)… make your own CrackerJacks

Caramel Corn
3 qts popped popcorn
3 cups unsalted mixed nuts (or peanuts)
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup Karo light or dark corn syrup
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking soda
Spray a large shallow roasting pan with non-stick cooking spray. Combine popcorn and nuts in a pan; place in a 250° oven while preparing syrup.
In a heavy 2-quart saucepan, combine brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, and salt. Over medium heat, stirring constantly, bring to a boil. Boil 5 minutes without stirring. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and baking soda. Pour over warm popcorn mixture, stirring to coat thoroughly.
Bake at 250° for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Cool, break apart. Place in an air-tight container to store.

Stock up on summer beverages; lemonade, iced tea, sangria, root beer floats, Perrier

Bike Ride

BirdWatch. Get a birding guide and binoculars

Start your own blog

Blow Bubbles

Homemade Bubbles1/4 cup liquid dishwashing detergent
1/2 cup water
1 Tbsp. sugarPut the dishwashing detergent in the water. Carefully stir in sugar, trying to
avoid suds. Take a regular drinking straw and cut it into 4 pieces. Then dip into the
solution and blow your bubbles. Tie a rope loop up to a foot in diameter on the end of a stick and make a gallon of bubbles. Dip the rope in the bubbles and run with them. This will give you giant bubbles.

Read books set in the summertime. A few that I liked include: I loved “The Silver Boat” by Luanne Rice…. . Also Safe Harbor; “These Is My Words” by Nancy E Turner, “Charlotte’s Web” and “Baby Island”… two of my favorites. Also “Little Women”, “Eight Cousins”, and “Little House on the Prairie”, “Midsummer’s Night Dream”, “Summer” by Edith Wharton

Have a bucket brigade relay race

Rent a canoe, kayak, or rowboat, and go boating

Set up a table and two rocking chairs on a porch or sundeck and play
Scrabble, Checkers or a Card Game, dominoes, backgammon

Visit a botanical garden.

Camping in the backyard or a local campsite.

Play Catch, or Pickle, or Horse, or clap catch

Play Charades or Pictionary

Play childhood games; hide and seek, tag, kick the can, red rover

Make cobbler using fresh peaches

Coloring books with crayons, colored pencils, markers, watercolors, gel pens

Rent a Mustang Convertible (or a Tbird) and cruise around town.

Google fun, unusual and unique recipes and try cooking them to see how they turn out. It could be bread, something from Ina Garten, Rachel Ray, or Julia Child.

Start a Craft Project. When I think of summer, I think of making mosaics since it was something we did as kids. Watercolors are perfect for painting outside, or get an easel and acrylic paints and painting Plein air. Cross stitch needlework is ideal for doing outside as well as crochet. I’m crocheting a yarn octopus for my new great-grandson.

Play Croquet

Make Daisy chains. Make a flower head wreath (I made one using silk flowers), especially using wild daisies.

Go to a Drive-In Movie

Play Four Square

Feed ducks and waterfowl, but don’t feed them bread. Use frozen peas, grapes, rice, birdseed, lettuce

Visit your local Farmer’s Market, purchase produce, and make a fresh tossed salad. Buy fresh mushrooms for stuffed mushrooms and elephant garlic to roast and spread on toast.


Create a family crest and make a family flag with the crest printed on it

Go fishing

Fly a kite

Build a fort

Attend a food festival and indulge

Visit a lavender farm and learn how to make lavender bottles

Learn a foreign language. I am learning French on Duolingo. They even teach Klingon.

Make and buy Christmas gifts and hide until December


Make fried green tomatoes, served with cold Southern Fried Chicken, Macaroni Salad, Deviled Eggs, sliced watermelon, fresh fruit or a fruit salad, and ice cream for dessert.

Grandma’s Fried Chicken and Cream Gravy

One whole white onion
Chicken pieces (I usually use thighs, wings, and legs)
Olive oil
cube butter
salt and pepper
Paprika, sage, and turmeric

Put enough olive oil in a cast-iron skillet until the bottom is covered, add a cube of butter, and melt into the oil.

Slice onion and cook in the oil until translucent and slightly crisp. Remove from oil and keep warm in a 300-degree oven.

Put about a cup of flour in a bowl and add the salt, pepper, and spices.

Put about 1/2 cup of milk in another bowl.

Dip each piece of chicken into the milk, then into the flour mixture, and then put into the hot oil/butter. Don’t crowd the chicken pieces… Let cook on one side until crispy and brown, and then turn. Cook the same on the other side.

Put a cookie cooling rack on a cookie sheet with a ledge (or a cake roll pan) and remove each piece of chicken from the oil and onto the sheet/rack. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve cold.

Mom’s Macaroni Salad

2 cups of salad macaroni cooked for about 10 minutes until translucent
1/2 cup (or more) chopped green olives
1/2 cup (or more) chopped black olives
1/2 cup (or more) chopped white onion
1/4 cup chopped celery
1 cup of shredded or chopped cheese

1 cup of mayo
1/2 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of red wine vinegar

Cook macaroni; drain and rinse in cold water.
Mix dressing; add the sugar to mayo and mix well; add vinegar and whisk until blended.
Add dressing to macaroni
Fold in olives, onion, and celery and mix well
Add the cheese
Chill for several hours and add salt and pepper to taste


Frisbees! Even more fun with a dog to chase and retrieve the disk

Go horseback riding

Make homemade ice cream

Put up a hummingbird feeder

Gather three other people and have your own version of “Chopped”

Ice Cream Cones, make your own at home, or hit Baskin Robbins or Dairy Queen.

Play croquet, badminton, hopscotch, volleyball, jacks, marbles

Put together a jigsaw puzzle as a family

Start a journal or diary, in a blank book or online

Learn to knit

Buy a large lego kit that the whole family puts together.

Light up the summer nights with white Christmas lights, fairy lights, bistro lights, and battery-operated candles

Get Mehendi designs painted on your feet. Add toe rings and an ankle bracelet with bells attached. Don’t forget to paint your toenails. Wear sandals or go barefoot.

Trace your genealogy and make family history books

Use magnetic poetry words to write poems

Go to a movie

Have a movie film festival at home
movies about summer: “Summer Magic”, “Ride the Wild Surf”, “Endless Summer”, Beach Party”, “Blue Lagoon”, “Dirty Dancing”, “Indian Summer”, “Summer Stock”, “The Parent Trap”, “Pollyanna”, “Blue Hawaii”.

Ride a Merry-Go-Round

Play Miniature Golf

Visit Local Museums

Take a trip to the ocean. Be sure you buy some saltwater taffy. Have seafood for dinner (my favorite is fish and chips), walk on the beach, fly a kite, build a sandcastle, indulge in an ice cream sundae, rent a surrey pedal bike, go surfing

Fish and Chips!! It reminds me of the fish and chips my mom use to make and watching how much work that was; I now order them when I go out to eat. Some of the best (other than my mom’s) were the ones when we got to Canada (Vancouver and Victoria). But if you want to make your own, try this:

Go to an Outdoor Concert, at sunset, and under the stars

Meditate while sitting in your front or back yard, at a park, or the beach

Movie Night Outside Under the Stars. Hand a sheet up or rent an inflatable screen and projector, provide blankets, pillow, and refreshments

Go on a photo walk. Visit a nearby town or a part of your own town and take pictures of the things you see. Print them out and make a summer memories scrapbook.

Use a paper parasol to protect yourself from the hot sun

Have a Picnic in a Park

Plant a vegetable garden, a flower garden, an herb garden, a butterfly garden, and/or a moon garden. In your herb garden, include Mugwort, Vervain, Chamomile, Lavender, Wild Thyme, Rosemary, Sage

Make homemade aromatherapy playdough

Create a summer music playlist**

Hang up a porch swing. Listen to music, relax and snooze while resting in the swing.

Pick fresh flowers for your house.

Have a Pool Party

Slip n’ Slide

Stock up on Popsicles, Magnum ice cream bars, ice cream sandwiches, Nutty Buddies, orange pushups, creamsicles, like we use to get from the ice cream truck that drove down our street every day when I was a kid.

Set up a potting station and repot all of your plants and create a container garden

Try cloud scrying.

Make puppets and a puppet theater and produce your own shows.

Do a photo challenge

Refrigerate your favorite body spray, or make your own by adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil to a spritzer of water. Spray the cool mist on your face, the back of your neck, and the soles of your feet.

Relax and Read… hit the library, bookstore, download books on your kindle. Don’t forget the iced tea or lemonade.

Rock painting.. paint pictures, names, inspirational words. Put into a bowl or basket on your coffee table

Roller skate, rollerblade, and skateboarding

Create outdoor rooms

Make root beer floats

Make a summer memories scrapbook, use daily word prompts found online

Run through the sprinkler with your kids.

Do a scavenger hunt or treasure hunt

Sew something; a pillow, a quilt, a sundress

Enjoy a snowcone

Stargaze on a cloudless night

Pick fresh strawberries at a Berry Farm, make jam and strawberry shortcake

Set up an outside shower

Summer Meat and Cheese Board, also known as a Charcuterie Board, is excellent on hot summer nights when it’s too toasty to cook, use items like assorted cheeses, strawberries, green grapes, watermelon fingers, Rainier cherries, raspberries and blackberries, peeled baby carrots and cherry tomatoes, stuffed green olives, pickled onions, thin-sliced salami, prosciutto, ham chunks, cashews, pecans, assorted breads and crackers, chocolate stars candies

Sunbathe just enough to absorb Vitamin D but not enough to burn and get skin cancer

Grow sunflowers

Ride the Great Wheel in Seattle. You can even order dinner to enjoy on the ride.

Indulge in a glamorous pair of sunglasses. Add a sundress, sandals, and a straw hat.

Watch a sunrise or a sunset. Bring a thermos of coffee or a bottle of wine. Maybe some bread and cheese.

Make sun tea.

Go surfing

Go swimming. Make sure the children in your family all know how to swim; if not, sign them up for lessons

Host an outdoor tea party

Play tennis

Thrift shop. Find old clothes that you turn into something new, as well as hats, collectibles and sell some on eBay.

Make a video and post it to YouTube

Call a friend or neighbor and ask if you may visit them. Take flowers and a hostess gift

Volunteer at an animal shelter, food bank, deliver meals on wheels, or soup kitchen

Wash, polish, clean and detail your car

Watch YouTube videos, comedy shows, music, how-to’s, educational. If you have a smart TV, you watch them on your big screen.

Water Balloon Fight

Have a water fight with wet sponges, or squirt guns, or super soakers

Go to a water park

Have a Weenie Roast Over a Campfire (sticks, hot dogs, buns, condiments, pasta salad, watermelon, marshmallows to toast, graham crackers, and Hershey chocolate bars)

Write letters to family members, friends, former teachers

Write Short stories and/or make homemade books, or have them printed on Amazon or Lulu or Shutterfly. I published two books on Lulu.

Go to the Zoo or Wildlife Animal Park

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