Summer plans !šŸ¤”

Florida 2019

For most of us summer has started and we are worried and concern about flying and staying in hotel rooms.

As I talk to friends I hear the same concerns and fears related to traveling, interacting with others at the airport, hotels, and beaches. Plans to the beach, softball games, ice skating with friends all activities that would have been planned for summer are on hold indefinitely.

How to entertain ourselves without using electronics? For the time being we are making a list of our most favorite activities, and anything new we like to learn and experience for the first time. We also have a list for things we enjoy doing that are more entertaining and keeps us in touch with classmates, and family members.

Here are 10 items on the list for our teens (created by them):

1- learn to do laundry

2- learn to iron

3- learn to chop vegetables

4- learn a new language

5- practice music

6- yoga

7- workout

9- try cooking new recipes

10- gardening

Hope everyone enjoys a healthy happy summeršŸ˜Ž

Staying entertained at Home

Homemade pizza, making the dough was great fun

I know every entertainment idea is not a good idea for all of us, but a few can make us all busy and happy at the same time.

Here are a few fun ones :

Cooking & BakingšŸ„–šŸ³šŸ

CleaningšŸ§¼šŸ§½šŸ§¹

OrganizingšŸ§ŗšŸ—‚

Watching MoviesšŸŽŸšŸ’½

ExercisingšŸ§˜ā€ā™‚ļøšŸ¤øā€ā™‚ļø

Gardening ( cleaning the yard )šŸŒ·

Quiet timešŸ¤«

Time on social mediašŸ¤Ŗ

By now we are all aware of the fact that being cut off from all social interactions is necessary in order to stay healthy. The fact that Corona virus can seriously harm people with health issues and the elderly, is a very frightening fact. Every time I hear the number of corona virus victims I am deeply sad for all involved.

Helping others to keep their positive attitude helps us too. Checking on our elderly relatives, and neighbors, and reminding ourselves this is not forever.

Didnā€™t want go to store for burger buns, so we baked some
We are taking photos when we go for our long walks

Early Spring Blooms indoors

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Bring the blooms indoors

We can bring early spring indoors, by cutting a few branches of trees and shrubs, and have them bloom early indoors.

Here is what to look for:

Azalea, beauty bush, crab apple, flowering quince, magnolia, pussy willow, redbud , serviceberry, witch hazel, forsythia,Ā rhododendron, spirea,Ā and fruit trees : cherries, pears, and apples.

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Rhododendron buds
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Redbud, look for younger ones these are already ready to bloom
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Redbud
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RhododendronĀ buds
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Azalea blooms

If you can cut the branches in a warm day look for swollen, plump buds.Ā Cut branches at an angle and be sure you cut them long enough to stand out in your container. To get water quickly to branchesĀ smashing the bottoms of your branches gently, will make it easier for the branches to take up water. For these young buds to go through the transitionĀ place your container away from sunlight, in a cool location.

Whitin 1 – 6 weeks you should see the buds swell and begin to open, and ready to be placed in sunlight.

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Quince buds
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Tulip tree buds

 

Early Spring Blooms indoors

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Redbud
E70B4780-291B-4B5E-A510-444B4B37557A
Bring the blooms indoors

We can bring early spring indoors, by cutting a few branches of trees and shrubs, and have them bloom early indoors.

Here is what to look for:

Azalea, beauty bush, crab apple, flowering quince, magnolia, pussy willow, redbud , serviceberry, witch hazel, forsythia,Ā rhododendron, spirea,Ā and fruit trees : cherries, pears, and apples.

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Rhododendron buds
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Redbud, look for younger ones these are already ready to bloom
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RhododendronĀ buds
A00AEC70-2045-4810-817F-3E28D0C8A636
Azalea blooms

If you can cut the branches in a warm day look for swollen, plump buds.Ā Cut branches at an angle and be sure you cut them long enough to stand out in your container. To get water quickly to branchesĀ smashing the bottoms of your branches gently, will make it easier for the branches to take up water. For these young buds to go through the transitionĀ place your container away from sunlight, in a cool location.

Whitin 1 – 6 weeks you should see the buds swell and begin to open, and ready to be placed in sunlight.

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10 Things to check off the list before The Holiday Break

Before school is out, and before you take a break from work, to enjoy the holiday break, follow our list toĀ lessen the stress of the season .

1- To beat the crowd in the next few days, wrap up shopping, and mail all gifts to relatives out of town.

2- If you are traveling, make a list of heavy bulky items that need to be mailed a head of time. Heavy jackets, skis..

3- Arrangements for house sitter, and pet sitter.

4- Leave a few minutes aside to write Christmas Cards, if you prefer hand written ones as we do.
5- Make cookies.

6- Review, and add to the list of gifts to friends that make life easier for us on daily bases. Mail delivery person, Trash collectors…

7- Teachers’ gifts, especially the crossing guards, and school nurses.

8- Hostess gifts

9- Figure out what everyone is wearing to the Holiday parties, and the office parties.

10- Check Santa’s list. Make sure there are no changes.

Count down to holiday break
We wish you a stresss free Holiday Season

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