This weekend as we go about our Fourth of July celebrations please take a moment and remember our troops. Remember those who have gone before us and fought so that we may be free. Remember also those who are currently serving in our Military. Smile and say ‘Thank You’ if you happen to meet anyone in the armed services. This past winter I was at the airport with my family. We were going on vacation and we shared a table in the food court with a young man who was returning from a tour of duty. He was on his way home and had one more flight to catch. We listened as he spoke about his family and how eager he was to get home and see them. We thanked him for his service to our country and wished him well when he got up to leave. He thanked us for spending a little time with him. Imagine that!
Archive for June, 2010
I love to play in the dirt. I get a real kick out of seeing my garden flourish. There’s nothing like harvesting your own vegetables, picking berries from your own plants, and cutting flowers from your garden to display in your home. Gardens need tender loving care – as does your home. To stay as lovely as you would like it to be a garden needs regular maintenance. As a professional organizer, this is right up my alley. I am all about scheduling time to get things done. I like to think about certain garden tasks in the same way as I think about household chores. Who doesn’t like the way a beautiful garden looks? To maintain that beauty you have to do some weeding, some pruning, some feeding – you get the idea. I really don’t mind weeding if I can do a little at a time. So, I schedule about 10 – 15 minutes a day in different sections of my garden. That way everything gets weeded, pruned, or fed (as needed) and I don’t have to spend an entire day doing it and have a backache as a reward. I think it is the same thing as doing some chores around the house. I don’t really love doing them. I do love knowing that my house is clean, though. So, I take a few minutes at the end of the day to wipe up any spills and generally straighten up. Interesting, isn’t it?
Now that we are about half way through the month of June it’s time to start planning a picnic to celebrate the Fourth of July!Do you start to panic when you begin to think of all the things you need to prepare to take a picnic to a park? No need to panic, just follow these easy steps. First of all keep things simple. Sit down and plan your meal. If there is a part of the meal you can make a day or two in advance put that on your calendar! After you plan your meal think about the accessories and make a list. I am talking about either a tablecloth for the picnic table or a blanket to sit on. Add plates, cups, napkins, and utensils to your list. Be sure to add trash bags and wet wipes for sticky hands. Add condiments like ketchup, mustard, and relish. Then add bug spray. Always plan to bring extra water! If this is an evening event – maybe to watch fireworks, then you may also want to bring a flashlight or two. Set things aside in one place as you think of them so that when the time comes to pack them into the car you don’t have to go looking around the house. Take a look at your coolers. Do they need to be washed? If so, take care of that while you are thinking about it. Now that you have a list and a plan and you know what you need to do you can relax and enjoy the rest of June.
Whenever possible I spend time outside. I am a sunshine girl. I am happiest when the sun is shining. Now that summer is here and it is lovely and warm outside I am even more drawn to the outdoors. I make time to be outside in the garden. I do some of my best thinking when I am out there pulling weeds, trimming plants, and simply enjoying the fruits of my labor. Yes (to answer your question) I do make sure to apply sunblock. I do it everyday and I encourage all of you to do so as well. I am a big believer in sun block and protection. My husband, my mother , and my brother have all had bouts with skin cancer and I am taking no chances. I even wear a hat to shield my face from the direct rays. My sister-in-law bought my husband one of those great shirts that helps to block the sun’s rays. He loves it. It is long sleeved but not hot. It is so important to take this simple precaution before spending time outside. You know what they say “an ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure”. So please take the few extra seconds and apply sun block, wear a hat and go out and enjoy the sunshine!
One of the things I love most about summer and the warm temperatures is being outside as much as possible. I spend my time in the garden and in the pool. If being outside and poolside are things you enjoy also here are a few organizing tips for you while you are outside.
1. Remember to stay hydrated – if you are really thirsty; you are already showing signs of dehydration. Bring water with you and make a point of drinking it before you have that really thirsty feeling!
2. Never, ever swim alone. Just as children can have accidents near a pool so can adults. Just because you know how to swim does not mean you should swim alone. There is safety in numbers, so bring a friend with you to the pool. If you are poolside with children please keep your eyes on them. It is lots of fun to sit by the pool with a friend and chat. Try not to become so distracted that you lose track of where the children are in the water. Even better, be in the water with your children.
3. Remind children to only dive in the deep end of the pool.
4. Have an organized for the outside tote bag to grab as you head out the door. I keep bug spray, sunblock, pool towels, bandaides, wet wipes in mine. Think about what you want to keep in your bag, what would be helpful to have at the ready so that you can make the most of these beautiful summer days.