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Natural Awakenings North Central New Jersey

July 2013

Jun 28, 2013 01:15PM

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.  ~John Lubbock

I love to travel, but during the summer, home is my favorite place. While others are planning beach vacations and road trips, I’m happily thinking about summer right here in Randolph, NJ. I do take a short road trip or two, visiting my mom or exploring with friends, but a little part of mebegrudges the time spent away.  What’s so great about summer at home? Here’s my list:

  1. Peach pies, especially my mother’s recipe
  2. Fresh BLTs, and no, I don’t feel bad about the bread, bacon, or mayo
  3. Opening all the windows
  4. Catching the sun sparkling on ShongumLake
  5. Waking early enough to catch the dew
  6. Afternoon naps
  7. Walking the dogs after dinner
  8. Roadside farm markets
  9. Fireflies at dusk
  10. Remembering summer as a kid in West Virginia
  11. Fourth of July fireworks, especially the giant white sizzlers
  12. Outdoor concerts
  13. Honeysuckle vines
  14. Sunlight through the trees on the Randolph trails
  15. Finding frogs and turtles in my yard
  16. Dinner on the deck with friends and family
  17. My husband’s barbecue sauce
  18. Coffee ice cream with espresso chips at the Denville Dairy
  19. A new book, or two, or three
  20. White linen skirts
  21. Going barefoot
  22. Reading in my hammock
  23. Hanging fairy lights on my porch
  24. Following “my” swan family as the babies grow
  25. Campfires — with a guitar, please

Enjoy the summer, no matter where you are!


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