Summer, after all, is a time when wonderful things can happen to quiet people. for those few months, you are not required to be who everyone thinks you are, and that cut-grass smell in the air and the chance to dive into the deep end of a pool give you a courage you don’t have the rest of the year. You can be grateful and easy, with no eyes on you, and no past. Summer just opens the door and lets you out. ― Deb Caletti
Yes, summer is just about here. School will be out soon and the kids (large and small) will be walking, riding bikes, playing ball, taking part in other outdoor activities and heading to the pool. Please watch out for them on the roads. Remember that little kids often don’t think about you when they are playing.
Got time on your hands? Not that many of us do these days, especially those of us with small children. However, your Lake Shadows Civic League could use some help. Consider volunteering. You don’t have to offer to become a board member, although that would be welcomed. Any board member will be thrilled and delighted to hear from you if you have some ideas for interesting activities and can find the time to help. Our meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Crosby Community Center.
Before you leave for your summer vacation, you need to do what you can to make sure your home and belongings are protected while you are gone. Safeguard against crime and other issues by taking the following precautions:
Stop your mail and newspaper delivery. If your mailbox is overflowing while you are away, criminals will be alerted that you aren't home. If you don't have a friend who will be bringing in your mail, contact the post office to temporarily suspend delivery. Do the same with your newspaper — if you are one of the few who still actually gets the paper delivered.
Keep quiet. You don't need to broadcast to everyone (especially on sites like Facebook) that you are going to be away. You never know who is going to be reading or listening. Instead, tell a few select people in your neighborhood so that they can keep an eye on your house.
Fake them out. Set up an electrical timer to turn lights and TVs on at various time to fool potential intruders into thinking you are at home. Set the timer to reflect your normal routine.
Consider shutting off gas and water. If you are going to be gone an extended period of time, consider shutting off your utilities to avoid potential flooding, fire or gas leaks.
We are most fortunate to have a beautiful place to live. The feeling of community in our neighborhood is
very strong and we can be proud of our welcoming spirit.
Summer: Hair gets lighter. Skin gets darker. Water gets warmer. Drinks get colder. Music gets louder.
Nights get longer. Life gets better. - Author Unknown