This ended up to be an emotional-spill post.
So I'm here at the top to share an alternative Random Five,
for those who wish to skip the rest. ☺
1. We had golf ball sized hail & thunderstorms today, but never lost power.
2. I'm reading the Poisonwood Bible, it takes place in the Congo.
3. My toes are currently painted aqua blue - a fact for Nancy!
4. Raccoons got into a few ears of our sweet corn, so it was time to start picking this week.
5. Here is a random photo I took in the village of Owego, NY in May.
We had left town & were exploring this beautiful waterfall near Ithaca by 2 pm. Otherwise - I so would've dropped in!
1. This has been our last week of summer vacation. The kids start back to school after Labor Day. I'll have an empty nest during day hours once again, and have mixed feelings about it. Productive days for me, but lonely ones, and always a little bittersweet to see them all head off another year older.
2. Mason & Eric had a football scrimmage with six schools Saturday. They won every game.
They've worked so hard all summer & are in top shape for the season. We've been gearing up with anticipation for our first game Friday night.. when Mason (starting quarterback & valuable defensive player) hyper-extended his knee in practice Weds. evening. More mixed feelings. Excited, nervous, worried, bummed, hopeful.
3. Even though we got going much later than planned, I was SO excited about our house addition project. Since starting construction, Mitch has been pulled away unexpectedly to work elsewhere for the past couple of weeks. (Still no bedroom windows. It's been HOT. Today the monsoons came.)
In the meantime, we decided to have our apron up to the new garage paved, and it all went haywire & turned into a major disaster. My excitement is still there somewhere.. but feeling my spirit a little crushed by all the devastation. The paving project went from a "we'll be in and out tomorrow" single day project.. to a disaster spanning three weeks. They plan to return next week to tear out & re-do it all (and hopefully fix all that was harmed in their path.) This has been overwhelming to me, watching my summer's work smashed to smithereens.
4. The change in seasons this time of year is always a mixed sort of feeling. Sad to see summer gone so quickly. We never made it to our cabin in northern Ontario this summer. No anniversary getaway, not even dinner or an ice cream cone. Looking forward to things that fall brings, but there is a sense of urgency in the fall for us, to pull in the harvests, batten down the hatches, cross off the to-do lists before winter comes.
There is never the same feeling as winter goes. Fall is about rushing to get things done. Spring is about waiting to get out & do things.
5. There was much to celebrate this week. My dad's 60th birthday. Marianne's sister, Helen, turned 100. We had a gathering for my brother's wife who is expecting their first baby this fall. She was showered in gifts, and I got to visit with aunts & grandmas. It happened to be the same day as the awesome football scrimmage, which I was pretty torn about missing, as I said at the time- you never know when someone's going to get hurt & you might not get to see them play again this season.
Tough, faced with Mason's knee just a few days later. I want to see him play!
Ups & downs, & pulled in all directions lately.
This just barely put a dent in my week.
I realize I might sound like a basket case. In that case:
For prettier, more scenic photos, check out my last post.
Next week is all new again.
Happy last weekend of summer!