Top Ten Staycation Ideas #10

Hiking
Hiking (Photo credit: d.boyd)

Think you can’t afford a vacation this year? This is one of my top ten ideas for fun and relaxation close to home.

Hike or Bike on local trails. 

*  Get a good trail map of your area and start exploring.

*  If hiking in an unfamiliar area, start with a beginner’s trail, whether you think you are a beginner or not.

*  Take along water, appropriate food and sunscreen.

*  Be sure you allow plenty of time to finish your hike or ride and get off the trail by sunset.

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July is National Watermelon Month!

(Watermelon) Citrullus lanatus
(Watermelon) Citrullus lanatus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

July is recognized as National Watermelon Month by proclamation of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.

Why not celebrate?

*  Watermelon contains more Lycopene than other fresh fruits and vegetables.  A 2 cup serving of watermelon averages 18.16 mg while a medium-sized tomato contains only 4 mg.

 Watermelon is an excellent source of Vitamins A and C, a good source of Vitamin B6 and naturally low in saturated fat, total fat and cholesterol.

*  Plus it is so much fun to eat!  You get to spit seeds.

The National Watermelon Promotion Board has more information including recipes, fun ideas and activities.

Thought for Today

Photo copyright 2011 by R.A. Robbins
“Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.” Michael Jordan
A Note from Rogene:  We are all painfully aware of the tragic events of recent days in Aurora Colorado (suburban Denver).  Our hearts go out to the families of those lost and to the survivors who will be dealing with trying to recover both physically and emotionally in days to come.  While it is appropriate to grieve and feel sadness during this time, we must fight the temptation to let fear take over and control us.  Evil only wins if it causes us to change our lives out of fear.  Difficult as it may be life goes on.  Don’t let evil win. 

“When I Consider Thy Heavens…”

Solar Storm
Copyright 2010 by Rogene A. Robbins

You may recognize the title of this post as words from the Bible (Psalm 8:3 KJV).  Looking up at the night sky has inspired poets, artists, philosophers, theologians, musicians, scientists and other dreamers since time began.  Technology now lets us see the stars in a way we never have before.  Need a little inspiration?  See the universe through the lens of the Hubble Telescope.

A Simple Fruit Salad

A Simple Fruit Salad
Copyright 2012 by R.O. & R.A. Robbins

A simple fruit salad using fresh, unsweetened peaches, strawberries and blueberries.  Doesn’t it look good?  A tip to keep fruit like peaches or apples from turning brown is to dip them in water with a little lemon juice added.  Fruit is naturally sweet.  If it is ripe, there is no need for added sugar.

Sometimes the simple things in life are the best, aren’t they?

This post linked to Allergy Free Wednesday

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