I always try to make a list for the season we're entering. I know I'm a tish late to summer (shh) but here's my wish list:
1. Take a road trip: Pack mini sandwiches and thermoses of sweet ice tea. Stop at all the old Americana signs along the way, picking up vintage finds and cheap goods.
2. Go Camping: Take a weekend and go to the nearest forest preserve. Bring plenty of country bourbon and instruments to make a gypsy band by the firelight.
3. Visit flea Markets: There are a plethora of outdoor antique markets in the summer, and while some of the more exotic goods are overpriced, they are fun to ogle at, and you can find some great deals or at least a good story to go with those monkey bookends.
4. Pool Party: Find a pool in a friend's neighborhood or a community one, and turn it into a water festival. Bring water balloons, supersoakers, bubbles, serve watermelon, make lemonade and whatever delicious water-goods you have.
5. Go berry picking: Blueberries and strawberries are in season now, and there are probably a few "pick your own" patches near you. Spend the morning picking before it's too hot in the day, and in the afternoon, make jams, jellies and a berry pie.
6. Make a tree house: If you live rurally, this is easy, but even if you live in a city, pick a tree that's just yours to go to each day or weekend and make it your secret spot. Extra points if you actually hoist yourself into the tree to read a book or bring a tea set.
7. Host an Outdoor Movie night: I know, I'm a little obsessed with drive-ins. Movies in the park, if your town or city has them, are also excellent. If you don't have one near you, Make your own with a TV plugged in outside or rent a projector and screen it on the side of your house.
8. Attend a summer carnival: Play the strong arm games. Ride the drop tower. Eat cotton candy. Revel in the weirdness and crowds all there for the sparkly lights and promise of winning a giant stuffed pony.
9. Plant a mini garden: If you love colors, find some cheap flowers to pot. If food is more your thing, plant your favorite herbs that you can pick fresh for summer cooking.
10. Go on a walking ghost tour: Chances are, your city or town has some supernatural enthusiasts. Go on a tour and learn all the history with the added spookiness.
Whatever you do, take a million polaroids, wear sunglasses and get outside.