That got me thinking about other things that make summer wonderful. Here are a simple pleasures that I look forward to:
1. Summer Heat
I know I am in the minority on this one but I love it when it's hot. I think I'm safe in saying that most people do not like the summer heat in Washington, DC. BUT I LOVE IT! If the temperature drops below 70 degrees, I need a sweater or a shawl or a jacket of some sort. Weather forecasters are predicting that it may reach up in the high 90's this week. I can't wait!
Every time I go to the grocery store or the farmer's market and I see fresh blueberries, I have to buy some, even if I already have a container at home. Blueberries are just THE BEST!! Blueberries are a gift I give myself to help maintain a healthy body and mind. They are loaded with antioxidants! Study after study shows that antioxidants -- disease-fightings that occur naturally in bbueberries and many other foods --has that boost the immune system. They also reduce the risk of health problems -- particularly heart disease and cancer.
3. Longer Days
Spring forward is right! I love being able to come out of my office building after work and the sun is still shining and the evening is in front you! Longer days are energizing for me. You can get so much stuff done. Neighbors are sitting on their porches when I arrive home from work and I can walk over to their houses to chat and catch up on the latest happenings. I can work in the yard or I can still go for a walk or a run because the day is longer. It is a real downer in the winter to leave work, go outside and it's already nighttime.
4. Flip Flops
They're easy, breezy and the perfect shoe for summer. Slide your foot into the flip flop and you're ready to go! Your feet can breathe instead of being stuffed into a boot or other winter shoe all day long when it's cold. For work, I like flip flops that are higher because they provide more of a pillow for your feet. Plus, they make a fun sound!