It’s hard to believe that we’re approaching the end of summer, especially since this past week has been a hot, muggy mess. There’s a lot to love about summer – lush lawns, vibrant perennial borders, seemingly endless days, and warm summer nights. Ah, sweet bliss! It’s not all rainbows and sunshine, though; we also have to deal with sweltering heat, voracious mosquitoes, and overwhelming crowds of people. Hmm, now I’m not sure if I want summer to go on forever or move aside for fall. (Actually, I do. I love crisp fall days, cool nights, and apple and pumpkin picking.)

This has been a beautiful summer, with manageable high temperatures and sunny days. I hope that you have taken advantage of our good fortune and have spent your time outdoors – soaking in the sun and warmth and stockpiling it for the winter months to come. If you haven’t, there’s still time! Go rent kayaks at the Skokie Lagoons, ride your bike down the Lakefront Trail, wander through the Chicago Botanic Garden and Morton Arboretum, or visit your local forest preserves and parks. The Old School Forest Preserve in Libertyville is a personal favorite for lunch time excursions away from the desk.

So fire-up your grill before you have to unbury it from a drift of snow. Sit outside on your deck or patio and relax, enveloped in the perfect sweetness of summer blooms. Light the fire pit and toast marshmallows for s’mores. Pretty soon the temperature will drop and we’ll all regret not grabbing these last moments of summer when we had the chance. Come winter I’ll encourage you to cozy up to the fire with some hot chocolate and your favorite movie, but for now I can only say GO OUTSIDE!

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