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Instead of thinking vacation for this month or next, try having a holiday or two in your own backyard. This could become your best summer yet with just a little bit of creativity on your part.

With gas prices going through the stratosphere (see a previous blog of mine entitled "Seven Ways to Eliminate Gas Pain") a big road trip might not make sense for you and your family for this summer.

Before you have that pity party and have to listen to the kids (or grandkids) wailing, "Oh, but you promised to take us to __________________", put on your creative hat and get a paper and pencil and start thinking.

What are some places of interest in your own community? There must be some redeeming qualities, otherwise you never would have chosen to live there in the first place. Start a list of those quickly. Have other members of the family add to that list things they like to do in town or places to see.

Items do not have to be fancy-dancy places. How about a park in the community? Maybe some cool hiking trails. Is there a neat craft store in town for scrapbooking or jewelry making? How about any museums?

In the educational arena, besides museums, what's going on at your local library this summer? Many libraries offer great summer reading programs as well as film festivals. Look at the local YMCA or the Boys and Girls Clubs for other activities for the younger ones in your family, along with many Summer Bible Study Programs.

Anyone in the neighborhood have a great swimming pool? Maybe you could work with them to bring snacks and liquid refreshments on a weekly outing and create a Neighborhood Night (or afternoon). Sometimes being the owner of the pool can be burdensome if all the responsibility is on the same people. Once it gets shared everyone benefits!

What about a movie night? Some folks are using projectors and setting these up on the side of their house or garage and creating their own Drive-In Movie Night but without the cars. If that doesn't work for you, inviting friends or family over for movie and popcorn indoors can be just as fun.

I'm lucky to live in a community where everyone likes to come here from around the country (and world) to vacation. We have the beach, which everyone loves and it doesn't cost a thing, not even to park. The expense is in the sunblock, large umbrellas, and this year for the first time, an onslaught of pop-up tents.

Even if you don't live in a resort community, think about how you can make your back yard into one. Think wading pools, sprinklers, and camping tents. Vacate to your own back yard and have the best, most creative summer filled with re-creation!

Until Next Time
Making Your Space a Special Place.

posted on: 7/12/2008 11:52:21 PM by Sue Crum
category: Special Populations

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Organizing for Boomers

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Sue Crum knows and understands the life of a Baby Boomer all too well. Having served as the filling of an Oreo cookie for many years, she has reinvented herself in San Diego as the owner of The R.E.D. Team, Reinventing Everyday Designs, doing professional organizing, real estate staging, and interior redesign.

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