Are You Ready For The Summer??

Dated: July 18 2022

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Oh, now you have the Meatballs movie theme song stuck in your mind like I do. My apologies!  Speaking of Meatballs, nothing says summer like overnight camp.  I wish there were more summer camps for adults - with swimming, sports & games, playing capture the flag. Oh, and campfires!

To recreate the vibe in my backyard, I curated some tips from various home and landscaping design experts.

The first step was swimming.  As the owner of a backyard short on open space, I looked into stock tank pools – yes, they are essentially big metal troughs used to provide drinking water to horses and cows – how fun is that?!  There are pool companies that deliver and install these former livestock sippy cups along with the parts and pump to get you all set for a refreshing dip.  Check out  https://saltshackbackyards.com/ for more info.

I skipped the games and went straight to campfire ambience.  Whether you have an expansive backyard or a cozy terrace or balcony, it’s all about lighting.  Make sure your anti-raccoon motion sensor light doesn’t flood the spot you want to hang out in and use a mix of string lights, solar lanterns, candles, and even tiki torches. Designers recommend using three different light sources, always excluding overhead lights that cast a shadow and add 30 years to your current age.

Build a freestanding fire pit out of cost-effective paver stones or purchase a woodfire or propane kit from your local hardware store.  Surround it with comfy chairs and cozy blankets and just add marshmallows.

For those of you venturing further afield, don’t forget the Ontario Staycation tax credit!  https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontario-staycation-tax-credit  Ontario residents can claim 20% of their eligible 2022 accommodation expenses, such as a stay at a hotel, cottage, or campground, when filing their personal Income Tax Return for 2022.

Cheers to long days, warm nights, and staying out past the streetlights coming on.

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