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Ready or Not, the End of Summer is Here!

August 23, 2017

Seems like yesterday that the days were getting longer, the school year was wrapping up, and all my dreams and aspirations about the coming summer were just around the corner. For some, it means kids are home all day which can be positive or negative, depending on perspective or situation.  For me, my kids are home all day every day, but during the summer I don’t have to spend hours teaching and grading papers.

  
Summers are usually time for me to catch up on all the things I can’t get done during the school year: decluttering closets, deep cleaning, trying some new recipes, house projects, going to the pool, time with friends, and sleeping.

 

Here is what DIDN'T happen

 
•    I have an old hutch in my garage which I was hoping to paint, but there it sits, untouched.

 

 

 
•    I didn’t try any new recipes and got baking done only when I needed to for company arriving.  I had hoped to try out some new, healthier recipes, but instead I ate too many sweets and chips which were around because we had company most of the summer.


•    Decluttering will have to be done on a smaller scale as I can find slices of time, although we finally donated the hundreds of VHS tapes which we accumulated over the years.  Although they were great movies, it was time to let go; our VHS player no longer works.


•    No major house projects were accomplished, just the “must fix the broken…” kind of projects. Hundreds of wasps showed up in our great room the weekend we had 21 people sleeping at our home.  I guess our attic was the perfect home until they burrowed a hole in the 24 foot ceiling of our great room, leading to one of those must tend to now kind of projects for this summer. We found the shop vac to be very useful for capturing them!

 

 


•    Going to the pool was at an all-time low because I just couldn’t fit any more in my days. Sleep?  Well, I certainly could have used more of that.


If I didn’t do any of those things, what DID I do all summer??


•    Hosted mainly.  We had teenagers at my house most days.  Teens coming and going, joining us for dinner, taking showers, hanging out with my teens, games, and watching movies.

 
•    Hosted neighbor kids, coming and going, picking the wild raspberries (and 2 outbreaks of what appeared to be from poison ivy as a result), strawberries, and our small crop of black