August is our last blast of old fashioned summer. Sure it is still hot in September, but September is typically the beginning of fall with school starting; so this is it and we all want to hang onto it as long as possible. Many of the plans you have had for projects around the house and yard, may be put on the back burner for the summer, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy a bit of summer respite.
Where will you find such a space in the chaos of your family, friends and visiting relatives? Kids do it, cats do it, even you can do it: Find a small, private hiding spot for a bit of reflection, star gazing, reading a book in peace; or simply find a place to listen to your music or share a story with a special friend.
While not everyone has the benefit of shelter outside for these delightful summer eves, you can create one. Take a hard look around your patio, yard or property; is there a tree or juniper bush, that seems inviting and secluded, or is there even a corner of the fence, where you can put a bench or chair that will be away from the hustle and bustle of the family?
Once you have located a spot, begin to make it yours; go back to the child in you if you feel you lack imagination; remember the forts you built with sofa cushions and sheets? You can recreate a peaceful spot with very little. The evenings darkness will provide you with the privacy you wish; add a mosquito netting, intended for a bed canopy (on-line, or import stores have them); netting will provide you some protection from nighttime insects and give you a sense of security. There are battery powered lights and candles that can illuminate your private space, without being too bright.
If your private hid-a-way is on a paved surface, great; but if not, you might want to clear the path for safety; you could line it with stones or plants. Add comfy seat for one or two. Use old cushions or something new; there are plenty of colors and patterns to choose from. Perhaps add a rug, again an old one, doomed for the dumpster; or a rug made for outdoor living would be a nice addition, if you wish to have a small gathering to share your space.
You can get as elaborate as you wish, adding more and more amenities as you see fit, but remember the simplicity of childhood and that special feeling that you have a secret spot for your own thoughts.