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Great Projects For Summertime

Jul 9, 2008
So summer's rolled around again and you realize that there's nothing to do but laze around and watch the sun set. Summer is a great time for relaxing, but what if you realize that you want more? With the extra time that you have, whether it's simply because you sleep less in the summer or you have some vacation time built up, you'll find that summertime is great time to simply do what you've always wanted to do, or to do something that you never thought you would do. While of course there are always the big ones like travel to far off places, you'll also find that there are plenty of projects to keep you busy at home.

1. Connect with your kids

Your kids are home from school, and you'll be seeing more of them than you have for nine months. Take the time to make sure that you do something fun with them, and make sure that you come to an agreement between your idea of fun and theirs. Take the time to figure out what really interests them and arrange a field trip or head to a water park. Summer is a precious time for hanging out with your kids so don't miss out.

2. Hit the road

Lots of people feel that summer is the best time to travel, and you'll find that there are plenty of vacation spots that are best appreciated when the sun is at its hottest. Arrange your vacation days and then disconnect your phone. You'll find that a summer vacation can have you feeling as a carefree as a kid again, so for a little while, just please yourself and see what the country or even the world has to offer.

3. Learn something new

It really doesn't matter what you learn as long as you enjoy it. You can go to a class or a convention or a seminar, or you can simply undertake a project of your own. You'll find that this is something that is quite simple to do, and that you'll be mentally stimulated and not fatigued when you come back. Figure out what you have always wanted to know more about, whether it is World War II tanks or glass blowing and give it a shot.

4. Volunteer at your park district

Whether you are someone who loves to swim and can teach or you simply have a knack for organizing paperwork, you'll find that there is a good chance that they can put you to work. When you get involved with the park district, you will get quick news on what classes are available, what is going on in your community and in addition to that, you can make sure that you spend all summer meeting people and making new friends.

5. Plan a long hike

Maybe you want to take on a part of the Appalachian trail or all of it; maybe you'd prefer to keep your hiking limited to a few hours. Nothing can convince you that summer has come more thoroughly than being out and about in the woods, so grab the bug spray, roll up your socks and put on your hiking boots. This is a great time to get out there, see some wildlife, have some picnics and just get away from it all.

6. Write a novel

Have you always wanted to be a writer? You'll find that at the end of the day, it boils down to putting words on paper. You may have heard about National Novel Writing Month, where you work to produce a novel of 50,000 words in 30 days. If you are just swamped come the end of the year, write your opus now. Give yourself a deadline and a word count and you might find that you are more productive than you ever thought you would be.

7. Build some furniture

Whether you are looking to build some beds or some chairs, you'll find that your house can always use good furniture that was built solidly. This is what you can get from building the furniture yourself, but keep in mind that it doesn't necessarily need to be from scratch.
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