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  1. Yes! I just posted a few days ago about how summer is a feeling. For me, summer is a feeling of comfort and childhood and barefooted memories. I’m glad I’m not alone in trying to recapture those moments every year for a few short weeks. 🙂

    • Laurie Stone

      Thanks so much, MaryBeth. I totally agree. Summer is about getting back something we lost as adults.

  2. I love the idea of a teacup list. I haven’t heard of it before. It is not so daunting as a bucket list, which is overwhelming. I am trying to make time for fun things this summer, even if they are routine and usual for most people. I usually work too much, so taking time to do simple things is a triumph of sorts.

    • Laurie Stone

      Michele, I think small things are what its all about. They add up to a great summer. Thank you for reading.

  3. Michele – I LOVE this – the TEA LIST 🙂

    1. play in my garden
    2. sit on my porch and read or take naps
    3. Have my oldest grands over for the weekend
    4. Spend time with friends
    5. I’m finally checking off my big list, “See Coldplay Live” – Foxboro July 30th!
    6. Walk…a lot
    7. Spend time on my yoga mat
    8. Help youngest daughter plan her wedding…
    9. learn to kayak
    10 go to the beach as often as possible 🙂

    And that adds up to an awesome summer!

  4. I love this, Laurie. You’ll see on my blog several posts about thinking small, and how big the small things really are. Plus, I’m down with anything involving tea, teacups, teapots, etc.! Great insight about recapturing the old, too. I think that’s true, and I also love to recapture that freedom and the small glories of yesteryear.

    • Laurie Stone

      Thank you, Reba. I’m also a tea lover so the name appealed to me. Its all about the simple things, even though the big ones are exciting too! Thanks for reading.

  5. I absolutely love this post and this idea! And I think maybe you were my secret companion through childhood because you have pretty much nailed my treasured memories of those summers. Lightning bugs (as we called them in Pennsylvania) in empty Skippy jars with grass on the bottom and ice-picked holes in the lids. I can’t believe you did that too! I feel more relaxed just having read your list!

    • Laurie Stone

      Thanks so much, Lee. Yes, just reading your posts I can see we would’ve made good childhood buddies!

  6. my summer tea cup is full of riding my bike. no matter how hot it is outside,–and sometimes you hacve to get up early or you’ll faint in the noon time heat– you make your own breeze and feel so free and health-ful and great to be alive..

  7. Love this list! You brought me right back to some great fun summer memories. I remember running after the Good Humor truck to get a toasts almond ice cream bar!

  8. I so love this. I too remember catching fireflies or lighting bugs as we called them. And to me the hum and buzz of the cicadas on a hot summer night is pure heaven. I have some new things to add to my summer teacup list. thanks for sharing these beautiful ideas.

  9. Ooh! I love this:). I’d add “Into the Mystic” to that playlist. And eating esquites. And have already had a picnic. Your list is rock star–think I need to work on mine:).

    • Laurie Stone

      Thanks so much Candace. We all have our little cherished memories. I think that’s what summer’s all about.

    • Laurie Stone

      Bikes are great. Haven’t been on one since I was a kid! Hey, maybe I should put that on my teacup list. Thanks!

  10. I love this Laurie and the whole concept of a ‘Teacup List’. You are right about it being so much easier when we are children to be happy with the simple things in life. I’m sharing this on my Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond FB page. Have a great day!

  11. Love the idea of a tea cup list! On mine: Disneyland trip with the family, celebrating my 25th wedding anniversary, and getting to the beach more regularly.

  12. This list is epic in its nostalgia and wonder. Unfortunately for us busy people it may be as hard to achieve as hiking in Thailand. I don’t watch the news much now so I’ve got that one nailed. I will definitely do my share of eating outside since you were writing about me when you referred to someone looking outside during the winter feeling deprived of fresh air. And I’m also an indoor person, but I’ll manage to get a few rays while I take walks and play outside with my grandsons. Maybe we’ll even manage to catch a few lightening bugs. Thanks for the reminder to slow down during this precious time of year.

    • Laurie Stone

      Molly, Sounds like you’re covering most of the bases. You also have to sneak in a cotton candy or popsicle!

  13. Love this, Laurie! Here in Maine, summer feels so short…that first day of being able to walk outside without my shoulders heading for my ears is delightful! I love summer mornings, starting the day with a walk outside, or sipping tea on the deck, listening to the birds before the day gets underway. And I can remember the sound of the Good Humor truck making the rounds in the neighborhood when I was a kid. And I LOVE the concept of a teacup list–it’s so achievable and encourages us to slow down and simply BE.

    • Laurie Stone

      Thank you, Roxanne. I think the smaller the list the better. It feels so good to complete small, pleasurable things!

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