Sweet Escape: How to Get Away While at Home

Do you suffer from the Winter Blues? Yeah, it’s a real thing. This is not a post for those of you who love the brisk Winter breeze or the snow. This is dedicated to the ones who miss basking in the sun and long for the feeling of waking out of the house without a coat.

Palm trees and wooden shutters are always welcome.

What can you do to capture the feeling of Summer when you are stuck in the Winter weather?

For me, I love to crank up the heat in my home and make my own oasis. Slide the curtains back in the daytime and let the sun in while the heat is on 80 degrees. The feel of the sun and warmth brings me right back to Summer.

Sit in front of a window and bask in the sun for a while and sip some fruit infused water.

Work out while the sun is out and the heat is on. You’re doing your body good, your mind good and also working on that Summer body. Summer bodies are made in the Wintertime.

Tell me, what do you do when you have the Summer Blues?

Summertime and the Living is Easy.

As much as I love going away for vacation, there is nothing I love more than sitting at home on my front porch. There is a constant display of toys (for children of differing ages just in case we get little visitors), comfy fold up chairs and family/friends. It is not the norm to have a big porch in Brooklyn and we probably sit on it as much as we do. There is a backyard that we seldom use, maybe it’s because there is no street view in the back? We know the neighbors and the neighbors know us. We children play (outside) together. They ride their bikes and scooters up and down the block. It feels like comfort. It feels like Summer.

IBJJF 2015 NY Spring Open,  April 11, 2015 photographed by John Ricard.

Summertime….and the livin’ is easy.

IBJJF 2015 NY Spring Open,  April 11, 2015 photographed by John Ricard.

Fresh pineapples from Hawaii. One of my favorite summertime treats.

IBJJF 2015 NY Spring Open,  April 11, 2015 photographed by John Ricard.

I promise I actually ate it and didn’t just hold it up for the camera.

IBJJF 2015 NY Spring Open,  April 11, 2015 photographed by John Ricard.

Our porch is a meeting and play place in the summer. Tons of chairs and toys.

IBJJF 2015 NY Spring Open,  April 11, 2015 photographed by John Ricard.

The quiet street and view of the blooming trees and old homes is unbeatable.

 

Photos: JohnRicard using his Leica