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“It’s a smile, it's a kiss, it's a sip of wine ... it's summertime!”

Kenny Chesney



Now that my summer’s biggest week is over I hope to get back to a semi-normal routine. My Grandson’s wedding Saturday was wonderful, a beautiful bride, a handsome groom and a throwback to weddings of old. Not only is the bride a great gift from my grandson to our family she also brings along a warm and wonderful family.

My brother-in-law who has significant limitations due to health problems and the recent loss of his wife came up from North Carolina with his daughter and fortunately had some of the best days he has had for some time. I am glad we were able to share some of our happiness with him.

There is even more good news; it looks like my recent surgery will allow me to delay more plumbing surgical activity for a year or more. While today begins my Hematologist week she does not cut, she just pumps Iron solution into my veins recharging my body with energy.

This morning I am off to the gym to see what I need to do after a week’s layoff. I am looking forward to getting back into the daily routine.

I am planning on enjoying the weeks ahead and I hope you will also have some fun over the rest of the summer. Need ideas? If you live in the northern hemisphere and are far enough away from the equator to have seasons here are some things that you can do to enjoy the days ahead.


Ten Ways to Enjoy Summer

By Monica Resinger

1. Brew a pot of sun tea. Put desired amount of tea bags in a sun tea jar or other glass jar, fill with water and set in the sun. Add fresh herbs at this point if you wish. Let sit in the sun until tea has reached color you desire. Sweeten to taste, chill and serve over ice.

2. Cook on the grill whenever possible. Not only is this a pleasant way to cook but you don't heat up your kitchen and the food is delicious.

3. Lay in the sun and read a good book. Be sure to put your sunscreen on!

4. Take a drive to the country, the mountains, the ocean, the desert or other place of nature. Pack a picnic if you wish or stop to get hamburgers at a small-town hamburger shop. The burgers are much better than city fast food!

5. Take a bike ride around your neighborhood. Look for ideas people have used to decorate their yards and use them yourself. Enjoy the blooming flowers and nature.

6. Play outdoor games. Frisbee and badminton are great if it's just your family. If you can get a group together, try volleyball or baseball.

7. Pack a picnic and go fishing. This is fun with or without a boat. Be sure to bring sunscreen.

8. Go yard saleing. What a great way to have fun and find many bargains! A lot of local and freebie papers have yard sale directories to help you map out a plan of action.

9. Have a yard sale. Get rid of clutter and earn some cash. Fill a cooler with pop and sell individual cans or have the kids sell lemonade.

10. Play in the water at the local pool, waterpark or lake.


A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.

James Dent


Jack couldn't get his girlfriend to agree to marry him, until one day his grandfather died, leaving him $10 million.  Oddly enough, the next week, his girlfriend, Diane agreed to marry him.

After three months of married life, Jack noticed that his beautiful new wife was ignoring him more and more. On the rare occasion that she would go to bed with him she would be indifferent, or even worse, called out other men's names!

Whenever they went out in public, she ignored him and flirted with other men. Finally, he decided to confront her.

"Diane," he said, "the only reason you married me was because my grandfather left me $10 million when he died!"

"Don't be ridiculous," she replied, "I don't care who gave you the money!"


I saw my mom carrying 10 shopping bags from Bloomingdales the other day. I said what are you doing? She said, exercising.


Two Rabbis were discussing the decline in morals in the modern world.

"I didn't sleep with my wife before I was married," said one of them self-righteously. "Did you?"

"I don't know," said the other. "What was her maiden name?"


There's a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore like an idiot.


A nurse at my hospital received a call from an anxious woman. "I'm diabetic and I'm afraid I've had too much sugar today," she said.

"Are you light-headed?" my colleague asked.

"No, I'm a brunette."


Why is it that when you eat too much for lunch, you feel drowsy all afternoon, but when you eat a big meal in the evening, you stay awake all night?


Two sons were left a large piece of property by their father.  For months they fought over how the land should be divided.  Finally, they brought their problem to their rabbi and asked him to solve it.

"Come back tomorrow," said the rabbi, "and we'll talk."

The next day the sons returned and the rabbi gave them his solution.

"Toss a coin," he said to one of the brothers. "You call it, heads or tails," he said to the other. "The one who wins the toss, divides the land."

"That's no solution," said one of the brothers. "We're right back where we started from."

"Not so," said the rabbi.  "The one who wins the toss divides the land; but the other gets first choice."


"I'll believe in reincarnation in my next life."


An English teacher at Iowa State University spent a lot of time marking grammatical errors in her students' written work. She wasn't sure how much impact she was having until one overly busy day when she sat at her desk rubbing her temples.

A student asked, "What's the matter, Mrs. Sheridan?"

"Tense," she replied, describing her emotional state.

After a slight pause the student tried again... "What was the matter? What has been the matter? What might have been the matter..."


“Warm summer sun, shine kindly here. Warm southern wind, blow softly here. Green sod above, lie light, lie light. Good night, dear Heart, Good night, good night.”

Mark Twain


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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