Posted: 5:22 pm Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
By Staff Writer
Up to 60% of our bodies are made up of water, or some crazy amount like that. I think it’s even higher for our heart and lungs. It’s no wonder that water calls to us, soothes, calms and rejuvenates our soul…especially in the summer!
Be it a $10 kiddie pool from the local department store, or a fabulous white, sandy beach in the Florida Keys, on the local river, creek, lake… hours spent in the water swimming and splashing, on the water boating or paddle boarding, or under the water scuba diving or snorkeling(my favorite,)are sooo therapeutic!
Summertime isn’t summertime without a dip or a dive into cool refreshing water.
On Saturday, I packed my kids and their friends into our 27 year old motor home for a long-awaited road trip. “What could possible go wrong?!” we (halfheartedly) joked…
Well, 2 1/2 hours into it, our just repaired A/C went out. Godson Ryan to the rescue. One inexpensive part and a couple hours later we were on our way!
On Sunday, hubby Paul suddenly exclaimed, “Where’s my wallet?” with a sinking heart he remembered setting it on the cooler strapped to the back of the motor home when we’d stopped about an hour back.
We pulled over to find it on the bumper… whew! So far, God is taking very good care of us!
We have already seen some spectacular sights, done spectacular things, and made spectacular memories! Camping on the shores of Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene Lake one of them!
Today we are spending the day at a huge water-park in Idaho called Silverwood. This place is massive, full of slides, and tubes, and pools. We are having a blast!
Are you planning on getting out in on or in the water this summer? Where’s your favorite watering hole?
July Book Club | Cultivate
by Lara Casey
Part encouragement anthem and part practical guide, Cultivate offers wisdom from God’s Word alongside lessons Lara has learned in her garden. Woven throughout, is her personal story that helps release readers from the pressure to achieve and gives them freedom to move from planning to planting a meaningful legacy.
“It’s in the imperfect-the mess of the dirt–that good things grow,” Casey reminds readers. “Peonies grow through the dirt, and so do we.”
Readers will learn to embrace the season they’re in, finding balance as they interact in fresh ways with their current life scenarios, with God, and in the communities where they are planted.
I like this author! We are kindred spirits.
Pick up Cultivate today and start growing an intentional life!
Rock and Romance with Me!
In March of this year I was invited aboard the inaugural 70’s Rock and Romance Cruise with some of the greatest acts of the 1970’s! Firefall, Player, Christopher Cross… and the inimitable Peter Frampton!
What an amazing time I had getting up-close and personal with these legendary performers! America, Ambrosia, The Guess Who… it was a veritable buffet of great music. (We all know about cruise ships and buffets!)
I’ve been invited back for the next trip, March 8-11, 2018. The list of performers is just as impressive this year!!
America will join us again, as will Michael McDonald, Air Supply, War, The Guess Who, BJ Thomas, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Badfinger – featuring Joey Molland, Poco, and a special appearance by Styx!
Cruise with me! Go to the booking page and use promo code DELILAH for a special discount and an invitation to a cocktail reception with me so we can meet face-to-face!
Conversations with Delilah | Kristin Schell, The Turquoise Table
Recently I had the opportunity to chat with the author of The Turquoise Table, Kristin Schell. Kristin shared her inspiration with me for finding community and connections through the act of placing a humble table in her front yard.
“Love thy Neighbor” is on the original “Top Ten” list and I love the way creative way Kristin set herself up to do just that.
Come on in and let us bend your ear at Conversations with Delilah!
Recipe | Seaglass Candy
Speaking of water, how many of you like to collect seaglass along the ocean shore? I do! Here’s a recipe to make your own edible seaglass, if you’re a veteran candy maker, this will be a snap! If you’re a novice, you’ll be fine – just get yourself a candy thermometer and follow the directions.
How will you use it?! Write to me HERE and send a picture! My imagination is running wild, I’ve visions of blue jello, Graham cracker crumbs, and seaglass dancing there!
-2 cups sugar???
-1 cup water???
-1/2 cup Karo light corn syrup???
-1 tsp oil flavor (if desired, like mint.)I used mint, but any flavor would work.???
-Food coloring (regular or gel)
-Spray a light coat of cooking spray onto a metal baking sheet with sides.
-Combine sugar, water, and corn syrup over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Continue stirring, and cook to hard crack stage (300 degrees F). Make sure that the temperature reaches 300 degrees, or the candy will not harden properly!
-Remove from heat and add the food coloring and flavoring (if desired.) Multiple batches will be needed for a variety of colors. If you do not add color, you’ll have white “seaglass.”
-Stir, making sure colors and flavors are evenly mixed.
-Carefully pour the mixture onto the baking sheet and let cool.
-Once cooled and hardened, break into small, seaglass sized pieces. You can do this by covering with a dishcloth and using a hammer, but be careful not to smash it to powdered bits!
-The seaglass will be sharp, so take a dishcloth and rub the edges to smooth.*
-Sprinkle powdered sugar over your “glass” and coat to get that beautifully frosted seaglass look.
(* Choking hazard for young children – be careful!!!)
Summertime is in our hands, friends! Make the most of it. Find some water, and at the very least dip your toes. The calming effect is almost immediate.
Close your eyes and wander back in time to a day in your childhood, at your swimming hole, paddling pool, or slip-n-slide… remember the sense of freedom and joy that you felt.
This is what Michael Franti is reminding us when he sings:
Summertime is always on my mind
Even in the winter I want the sunshine
Feel the rains falling from above
And wash away the pain of my years gone by…
I hope you find some time to soak up the sun this summer! Stay hydrated, lather on the sunscreen and the mosquito repellent, grab a refreshing drink, a good book, and go to the beach, the pool, the dock, the river bank, creek side, lake shore, or set a lawn chair in a kiddie pool… Just make time for the rejuvinating power of water.
God bless you and keep you safe,