6 Heartwarming Activities for the End of Summer
by Karen Green
At this time of year, a little bit of melancholy can start to set in knowing that summer is coming to an end. But it’s not over yet, and there are many lovely ways to spend the time left before autumn that will bring you spiritual, mental and physical satisfaction. Even something as simple as hosting a family barbecue or taking an evening walk as the sun begins to set can feel restorative and soothing during the late summer months. And if you need even more inspiration, take a look at these six activities that are sure to help you make the most of the remaining days of the season, as well as an accompanying recommendation for a book to help inspire each of these heartwarming activities.
Preserve the harvest
Whether you grow your own produce or not, this is the perfect time to seek out a summer’s bounty, enjoy some of it now and preserve some it for later. Ripe peaches, perfect tomatoes and gorgeous berries are all available in late summer, and even if you have never canned anything before, it’s easy to stock your shelves and freezer with your own jams, sauces and slices.
And if you need more inspiration to preserve the harvest, look at A Love for Leah (The Amish Matchmaker) by Emma Miller.
Volunteer in your community
The call for volunteers is usually loudest around the holiday season, but that doesn’t mean the need for help does not exist in most communities year-round. Spending time volunteering, especially when done with loved ones, helps connect you to your neighbors while fostering a sense of gratitude and love. It really is a great way to spend a beautiful late summer’s day.
Read about a dedicated community helper in Healing His Widowed Heart by Annie Hemby.
Visit a farm
There is something very calming and therapeutic about visiting a working farm or ranch, where animals and their people enjoy a busy but peaceful life. Interacting with animals, riding a horse or just petting a lamb helps remind us of the interconnections of all living things, and there’s really no better mood-lifter than getting out of the city and experiencing a different way of life, even for an afternoon.
For more about the healing power of animals, read Her Hill Country Cowboy by Myra Johnson.
Start a home improvement project
Have you been talking about hanging shelves in the living room for months? Is there a can of paint still sitting in the garage, just waiting to be used? Take advantage of the last of the warm weather and start (or finish!) that project you’ve been putting off. Think of how wonderful it will be to just enjoy it once the weather keeps you inside more.
For more home improvement inspiration, read Second Chance Rancher (Bluebonnet Springs) by Brenda Minton.
Check on a loved one
If someone in your orbit has been under the weather, is recovering from a health episode or is challenged by an ailment that keeps them at home, check in on them. A quick phone call, or better yet, a visit and a meal, can do wonders toward helping restore someone’s spirit when they’re feeling ill. And when you can have a visit in lovely August weather, it helps even more!
Get inspired to embark on a visit to a loved one with Her Cowboy Boss (The Prodigal Ranch) by Arlene James.
Spend time with children
There is nothing like a child’s energy, curiosity and spirit to put a smile on your face. Take advantage of the remaining warm days and spend some time with a young person in your life. Bonding with your own child, a niece, nephew or visiting with a friend and their children will make for a fun way to spend an August afternoon.
Read A Dad for Charlie (Butterfly Harbor Stories) by Anna J. Stewart to see how spending time with kids can warm your heart.
How will you enjoy the last few weeks of summer? Let us know in the comments!