Posted on September 11 2018
Every summer, I find myself humming this Nat King Cole song:
As we near the end of hazy summer days, I feel wistful. As much as some love autumn, this time of year feels like the end of happy times of fun in the sun. The days have gotten a bit shorter and cooler winds are blowing again.
But hey, we don't have to feel blue. We can do what we can to extend the warm season in many ways. Our BBQ is active all the months of the year. We just brush the snow off in the winter and get to grilling. We need to keep this spirit alive as we head into the fall season.
Interest in outdoor living has just exploded in the last few years. Despite the fact that some of us live with harsh winters, that doesn't stop us from celebrating the summer on our patios and decks. With cozy throws and a myriad of outdoor heaters, fireplaces and wood burning fire pits easily available, we can certainly extend our outdoor living season.
My frugal nature makes me loathe to throw away our ferns. We just bring them indoors for the winter. They are fantastic at filtering out toxins in the air, so that is another great reason why we shouldn't just toss these leafy greens into the bin.
This year, I've decided to try growing herbs indoors. Many have done it for years, but we need special lighting for that to happen as natural sunlight is scarce during the winter months. We have so enjoyed snipping aromatic basil and chives for cooking. Our home will look so fresh with the addition of herbs. This is yet another way to keep the feeling of summer alive. With LED grow lights now available, energy consumption won't be an issue with trying to grow herbs indoors.
One of our neighbours does an annual Halloween movie under the stars event. Kids come in costume and marvel at the scenes they are watching on a stretched out white bed sheet. What a lovely idea for keeping outdoor activities alive? With technology now cold weather friendly, there is no reason why we need to hide away speakers and even televisions over the winter.
How about taking some nice pictures of your favourite blooms and happy family times? They can be printed and framed to capture those special summer moments. You can set up a small wall in your home for rotating artwork and photos. Keep the frames and change up the images or simply use clips and even colourful tape to adhere the cheery images.
Also consider taking some of your flower photos and print them onto transfer paper. Then you can iron on the images onto some fabric for cushions. You can have custom one-of-a-kind decor accessories which are meaningful and cheery. If you're not feeling creative, look for colourful cushions which don't have to be solemn like the colder seasons.
You don't need to decorate for winter if you don't want to do that. A punch of colour here and there will be uplifting. When you go to the grocery store, remember to pick up so Carnations. They are a very underestimated and long lasting cut flower choice. They're probably the least expensive blooms you can buy and you get a wonderful punch of colour and to be honest, those winter months could definitely use some signs of life in our indoor spaces. I'm sure each bunch will last you at least 2 weeks and cost a fraction of more showy choices.
I also like to snip my Lavender flowers or even bring in some sprigs to have near your seating areas for a gentle and aromatic reminder of summer.
Lastly, crank up those tunes! Keep music alive in your homes, with Salsa, dance, hip hop or whatever makes you happy. Staying upbeat is the best way to beat the winter blues.