#210 Sit by a Waterfall

Adding the element of water is akin to icing the best cake. It improves stress reduction techniques that are proven to increase happiness.

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#210

Sit by a waterfall

Much of the USA is draped in sweltering heat this time of year and other than air conditioning, only a few options for relief exist. One of them is any location in close proximity to a waterfall. Often, there are shade trees to soften the intensity of the sun and as the water moves over rock and falls, it stirs the air and simultaneously cools.

Moving Air

Even if you live in a major metropolitan region, there are water features available in the form of fountains that serve much the same function as a natural waterfall; water – colder than air temperature – moving the air and cooling it. There may be less natural shade in that environment but it’s a close second. In the event that you live a more suburban life, there is a good chance that a waterfall exists within a drivable distance. A basic Google search for waterfalls near Philadelphia returned an article listing 11 that were an easy drive away. Pack a picnic, put the kids in the car, and escape the heat with a little hike leading up to a cool lunch location.

Liquid Music

The sound of falling water is a known soother. Rain, creeks, and waterfalls are options on a variety of white noise machines advertised to calm our nerves and induce relaxation. It acts as a buffer to city noise or the chatter in our brain. It connects us to nature in the most elementary way.

De-Stress

Eliminating the stress and misery that comes with bracing the summer heat will certainly improve one’s disposition and overall sense of well-being. Getting outdoors and into air that moves – a little at least – compounds the benefit. Adding the element of water is akin to icing the best cake. It improves stress reduction techniques that are proven to increase happiness.

Escape the heat – reduce the stress – and make your way to the nearest location that allows you to…

Sit by a Waterfall

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#212 Pick Fruit & Make Jam

The best benefit of course, is savoring the sweetness of a warm summer day that was captured in the jar when you made the decision to …

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#212

Pick fruit & make jam

Tis the season for all kinds of fresh fruit to ripen in the summer sun. August is peach season in the mid-Atlantic as well as black raspberries, cherries, and some blueberries. Pick your own fruit orchards have become popular in most states for years now and almost any taste you may have can be satisfied straight from the vine.

Pick your own

Whether you pick apples, apricots or peaches from the tree or perhaps berries from a vine, it’s plausible that you bring home more than you can eat. I stopped by a peach orchard once and bought a bushel of peaches only to find out that they were buy one get one free and two were carried to my car! Even if we all had eaten peaches for breakfast, lunch, and dinner could we have made it through two bushels. The only option was to learn how to make jam. It’s happened with strawberries, blackberries, and cherries more than one year in a row.

Making Jam

Making jam is way easier than one may think! It doesn’t have to be the toil and trouble that our mothers encountered; pouring wax over the top of bubbling fruit. I’m offering a basic recipe straight from the manufacturer of Ball jars, the traditional containers for jam. It uses a ‘water bath’ to seal the jars, a simple process of boiling. Traditional Peach Jam

There’s also a procedure that some would believe more simple; freezer jam. It differs from traditional processes because there is no boiling. Instead of keeping jam in the cupboard, you fill containers and keep it in the freezer. The absence of so much ‘cooking’ allows the fruit to retain more of its sweet, fresh flavor. It’s like having sliced fruit on your toast. Peach Freezer Jam

Have fun

This can be a great family activity or a great way to fill a Sunday afternoon. It’s a fantastic way to savor a little but of summer throughout the year and perhaps save a few dollars along the way. From picking the fruit, eating a bit, finding a recipe, and creating the jam – you’ll have fun experimenting. The best benefit of course, is savoring the sweetness of a warm summer day that was captured in the jar when you made the decision to …

Pick fruit and make jam.

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#231 Re-read your Favorite Book

This suggestion is one of those things that we don’t think of often, perhaps a quick and easy way to get your mind off daily stressors and into an imaginary world that you are familiar with.

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#231

Re-read your favorite book

What is your favorite fiction book? When did you read it? Why is it your favorite? Would you enjoy reading it again?

The Favorites

In my late teen years I read ‘The Thornbirds’ and to this day, I remember being enthralled by the generational story. Later, I read and loved Michener’s ‘Chesapeake’ and again, I remember the ending as clearly as if I had just finished it because it was so vividly depicted. And then there were the Fern Michaels trilogies that told of cousins in various parts of the country; stories that, to this day, are remembered and thought of as if they could be real people in real time in Texas, Las Vegas, or Kentucky.

Re-runs

Why is it that we watch favorite movies over and over, or television series – how many times have you watched the same ‘Friends’ episode – but rarely read a book a second time through? Summer is a great time to visit the library and check out that book that you remember loving from a long time ago. Did you ever pick up Sidney Sheldon’s ‘Master of the Game’?… it’s another of those memorable fiction stories that stuck in my mind because of the intense graphic visual that came to my mind as I read the words.

Comfort Zone

This suggestion is one of those things that we don’t think of often, perhaps a quick and easy way to get your mind off daily stressors and into an imaginary world that you are familiar with. Re-reading a book you’ve enjoyed in the past means you’ll go directly into a ‘happy place’ without the struggle of making it past the first few chapters as can happen in some stories. Do yourself a favor and take some time for simple enjoyment this summer and …

Re-read your favorite book.

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