It's still hot enough in the mornings and early afternoons that I enjoy imagining splashing into nice cool water...
Okay, that's not going to happen right now. How about a little pond nearby, with fish flitting among the waterlilies?
Lucky for me, Hometalk's got the same cravings. From their 'ponds' page comes a whole boatload (ahem) of ideas, including how-tos for these:
A canoe pond!
It's easier than you might think. Position the canoe, line with watertight plastic...and fill.
Even this deck pond is pretty, using a resin barrel planter. She brings it inside for the winter. Would the Brick be amenable to that? (Naaaahhhh....)
You can even build a pond or pool from bales of hay.
or a stock tank.
Ah well, it's fun to dream.