It’s the season we all wait for all year long. It keeps us going when temperatures drop, cars get stuck in the snow and we button up our winter coats. So when I hear people say things like “Summer‘s done, it’s over already!” it makes me sad and I feel like punching them a little bit. [caption id="attachment_12757" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Get the kids to a beach, go to a wave pool, float down a lazy river...there’s still time! Photo: Teresa Sousa"] [/caption] This year, I am standing up for summer and I hope you will join me. And I’m not stopping summer when kids go back to school or when I see the cosy fall fashions pop up in the shopping malls or when I turn the page on my calendar to a month at starts with “S.” I am going to live the best parts of the whole season until I put a hard stop to it on Sept. 22. Here, three things to do while there’s still time. But don’t dally because, as we know, time stops for no one. 1. Get to water. If there’s a hot, sunny day on the horizon, get to the water. Jumping into cool water, the sound of kids splashing, and relaxing poolside will carry you through brisk autumn days and cold months. While you’re there, eat a slushy. Eat ice cream. Eat gelato. Or have them all, then wash them down with an icy espresso on the rocks. 2. Do you have a smartphone? I do, and look what I can do: Apparently, I can point my smartphone/tablet at the sky, and then let Google Sky Map show me the stars, planets and constellations to help me identify the celestial objects in view. I say apparently because I just heard about this, and haven't done it yet. I'm doing it tonight! What’s better than stars on a starry summer night? Only technology that can help you identify what you’re looking at. 3. Read a book! This is my personal favourite because I like to read! This is so fun: 49th Shelf, an online showcase fuelled by the largest collection of Canadian books ever assembled, makes it easy to find your next great read. This summer, they are encouraging Canadians to go local with their reading by participating in Read Local: the 100-mile book diet that celebrates Canadian places by introducing an interactive map of Canada on their website, populated by books linked to a specific place. Try it, the map can be found at http://49thshelf.com/map. It’s a celebration of the distinctly Canadian places represented in Canadian books. From lakes to oceans, towns to cities, and all areas in between, each book highlighted is either set in a place, in the case of works of fiction, or about the place, in the case of non-fiction. It’s pretty cool. How about you? How are you holding on to summertime?