Today I am going to discuss the friend or neighbor near you who has that very appealing backyard. They have a great patio, a large deck, a lovely garden, or (the king of backyard getaways) a pool:
A lot of us have friends, family members, and neighbors who enjoy sharing what they have and are always issuing invitations for us to come and join them. If these invitations are given out in earnest (and you'll know when they are not), then plan a day or evening to accept and go over. You don't want the whole season to go by while you continue to say, "Thank you! We'll have to do that sometime", and then never make it happen. The next time you are invited to someone's home for tea in the garden, a swim in the pool, a bbq on the deck, or a bonfire in the backyard ask what day would work and set it up. You will be so glad that you did (and so will your family!).
As a sidenote to those of you that actually have these wonderful yards and homes and amenities, be sure and use what you have and occasionally open it to others to enjoy. Follow the example of my friend, and schedule a day for others to come by for a swim in the pool or an evening for smores around the fire. You will certainly reap the rewards of friendship, fun, and memories with your generosity. Besides, who doesn't want to have that house that everyone loves to be at? (And the rest of us will thank you greatly for such an amazing Daily Vacation!)