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All of us could stand to simplify our lives just a little bit. In fact, when you read the headline, you probably immediately thought of an area of your life that seems a bit too overwhelming, complicated, or just “messy.”
National Simplify Your Life Week is observed the first full week of August each year, and helps you focus on something that has been nagging at you, such as:
A Boomer Poem, inspired by A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky, by Lewis Carroll
Scorching pavement beneath a sunny sky
Sipping lemonade on a shady porch
One afternoon in late July.
“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.” ~Carl R. Rogers
As this post is being penned, much of north Georgia is in a tug-of-war between scorching temperatures by day and thunderstorms by night. We may celebrate the rain and curse the heat, but the truth is that both are part of life these days, parts of the four-season climate we are fortunate to have.
Life in Georgia has so many benefits, but one of the drawbacks for some is extreme heat of summer.
Thankfully, we live in homes with refrigerators filled with cold drinks, and air conditioners that keep the indoor temperatures at comfortable levels.
But spending time indoors, whether alone or with guests, means the potential for clutter and a little bit of chaos. After all, who wants to clean inside the house in the evening, when we could be outside sipping a refreshing drink in the courtyard, or strolling through the neighborhood before dusk?
If you hadn’t noticed, the Dog Days of Summer began this week (July 3 through August 11). It’s the time of year when the heat index inspires us to enjoy the relief of air-conditioned spaces during the middle of the day. And because you’re spending daytime hours indoors, you might find yourself wanting to “refresh” your décor.
Tuesday was the “longest day of the year” - in terms of daylight hours, anyway – marking the official First Day of Summer. But the heat certainly didn’t wait for the calendar before reminding us how toasty Georgia can be.
With temperatures soaring into the 90s (and “real feel” temperatures climbing into the low-100s), achieving our workout step counts, or simply enjoying a stroll around the neighborhood (Sunday was World Sauntering Day, after all!), might seem impossible.
Okay, so this is officially Great Outdoors Month, as we mentioned here a few weeks ago. What we didn’t know was that Georgia would be enjoying (ahem) record high temperatures in the mid- to high-90s, heat-wave warnings, and heat indexes reaching up to 110 degrees!
So we’re going to shift gears a little so that you can still enjoy Great Outdoors Month, but maybe not melt while you’re at it.
As we mentioned last week, June 5-11 is National Gardening Week, and Windsong homeowners find it easy to celebrate in their own homes as well as in their communities.
Wide front porches invite flower pots and hanging baskets full of flowers, herbs, even vegetables. And those beautiful arrangements are great for meeting your neighbors. If you love gardening, you’ll understand how easy it is to strike up a conversation about what kind of plants you have, how long you’ve been gardening, how you feed your plants, and more.
In a world where it seems everything has an “official” celebration, Windsong is excited to celebrate the month of June, which is officially “Great Outdoors Month.”
When the best days of your life are ahead of you, the best thing you can do is to make sure you’re healthy enough to enjoy them.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Categories include arrhythmia, heart valve disease, heart failure, and coronary artery disease (CAD).
Since May is Blood Pressure Education Month, the National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute (or NHLBI, part of the National Institutes of Health – NIH) offers these suggestions to achieve or maintain your heart health: