Welcome July, welcome summer, welcome Mood of the Month: Whimsical!
Translated from the Oxford dictionary, Whimsical means “playfully quaint or fanciful, especially in an appealing and amusing way.” If any month reflects this attitude it’s July. Though we have the same daily responsibilities as in other months, July beckons us to stress a little less and make more time to play. At the end of the week, we look forward to weekends of relaxation, spending less time on our computers and mobile devices, all the while making sure we include some fun! Longer days and warmer weather invite us to experience the beaches, pools, concerts, picnics, and outdoor events of the season. Delight in simple, homey meals prepared with fresh locally-sourced produce, and top the days off with relaxing strolls, enjoying evening breezes and sunsets along the way.
With Independence Day around the corner, we are reminded of America’s freedom, and the great ideas on which our country was founded. To celebrate this emblematic day, think family, friends, and a flavorful barbeque – throw some local produce on the grill to accompany your meat or fish, and savor the sweet and smoky tastes. Later in the month, on July 17th, we welcome the sweetest day of the year, National Ice Cream Day! Set aside a little (or a lot!) of time to indulge and take advantage of the month’s seasonal fruit, which include plums, strawberries, and cherries.
Enjoy your July!
Photo Credit: Kirsten Coale