Ok, so maybe it’s not really summer yet, but this weekend is Memorial Day weekend, which is widely known as the unofficial beginning of summer. And since temperatures have finally crept up to a place where we don’t need winter coats, and we’ve been toying with turning on the AC, I think that qualifies as “summer,” as well.
When I think of summer, I think of so many pleasant activities. Sitting on the porch with my cat(s), enjoying the weather. Getting back into my outdoor running routine, long days, and inching closer to football season. (Yes, I know I’m hopeless)
But I also think of Father’s Day, which is right around the corner. We tend to stick in the realm of golf, grilling, & clothing for Father’s Day gifts. My Dad, like my Mom, is a simple man, who doesn’t especially care for being pampered and fussed over. He grew up with very little, so he’s kept that mindset.
It’s been a rough 2013 for my Dad, so far, with 2 extended hospital stays. But when summer rolls around, he usually starts hitting the golf courses. Heck, our neighborhood borders 2 golf courses, so if he doesn’t want to stray far from home, he doesn’t have to. Last year, for Father’s Day, we got him a gift certificate that covered all the local courses.
He still isn’t strong enough to hit the links, but I’m constantly thinking about the time when he can get back after it. What I’d actually love to do is spring for my Dad to take a trip, out of state, and go on a sort of golf-a-palooza. I always hear about the great courses down south, so I’d look there first. And since our family owns a house just outside Charlotte, I started looking at North Carolina golf communities.
We’re not in the market to make a permanent move, but I stumbled across the Cullasaja Club, which looks absolutely breathtaking. No, really! Hidden back of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Highlands, NC, there’s a lot more than just golf to occupy a member. You can boat, swim, play tennis, and take advantage of a myriad of fitness programs. Jackpot! And don’t even get me started about the food! I’d have to be active in order to work off all the calories I’d consume!
I would definitely put a house in a community like this, on my “Lottery List.” I’m always so envious of people with summer and other seasonal homes. I would love to have one for the entire family to use. Ahhh, let me get back to buying lotto tickets!
But back to reality, I’ll keep enjoying this late start to summer. I went running (again) tonight, and will be seeing a new “summer blockbuster” tomorrow at the movies. Let the games begin!