Greetings, Thrifty Sisters! Has summer just flown by for you, too? I’ve heard from many that they are relieved that summer is ending and cooler and less humid weather is on its way. But I am sad that summer is dwindling away. The leaves are changing colors, the weather is certainly beginning to shift in my neighborhood, and my gardens are showing their fall displays. Canning season has been in full swing, which I love, but I also know that harvests will soon dwindle and the vines will begin to wither away, and fall cleanup will be upon us.
So what has summer taught me this year? Gratitude and appreciation. It certainly is the simple things in life that make a huge difference to everyone, whether that is showing appreciation to others, extending a helping hand, or just enjoying the comfortable conditions in one’s home. How about appreciating the fact that one CAN make those upgrades to their lives, either physically or emotionally?
As we celebrate the Labor Day holiday, consider making more summer memories and remember, these ideas don’t have to end with Labor Day – we still have plenty of summer fun left to live up! For many, Labor Day is all about food and family. As September marches along, consider hosting an end of summer potluck, picnic, or barbecue before the season is officially over. Highlight the foods of the season. Make roasted watermelon seeds (this recipe and 14 other ideas can be found here: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/15-ways-to-use-melons-slideshow.html).
Consider a garden exchange with neighbors and friends, or have a mini produce swap. Are your tomatoes, zucchini, corn and cucumbers done? Save the seeds and have a seed exchange (more info about saving seeds: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/preserving-seeds-for-next-year.html ).
While the weather is still nice, take advantage of the sunshine and take a day and go explore some local gardens or parks.
I realize today’s newsletter is short. But, I see the sunshine is out and it is calling my name! If only I could figure out how to can summer in a jar!! And with that, my Thrifty Sisters, go out and enjoy each day like it’s the last day of summer. Show appreciation and gratitude. You never know how much a little kindness can change someone’s day. And remember to keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun!