However, my mind is overflowing with things that wish to work their way out into words - so I expect to hit my rhythm here again shortly.
For now, some happenings from our summer days:
Yesterday I had a revolving mix of thirteen kids at our house, seven to start the day, nine still going strong until close to midnight, and a few others between. Ages 1-18.
Just a random summer Tuesday.
One evening last week I kayaked, at a non-leisurely pace, roughly 8 miles or so around a nearby lake. My sisters are preparing for a triathlon, one stage of which is canoeing or kayaking around the lake. They were there to test out a double kayak & see how the timing went. I was just along because I love being on the water with a paddle, it's one of my favorite things. It was a gorgeous evening, and good and tiring trying to keep up with the two of them. (The two person vessel was much faster than mine! I do not have a Ferrari model kayak.)
I'm really not a Point A to Point B person. This fact has been surfacing daily.
I love to wander & enjoy, and really experience my journey.
Once in a while it hits me out of nowhere & brings me to tears: I miss our dog.
I was singing lots of Me and My Doggie McGee for a week.
I'm finally getting back into a walking rhythm again without him, which feels good.
The setting sun while on my walks has been beautiful.
We've had a little less swimming and a lot more bicycle activity around here as of late.
Johnathan & Lilly are suddenly riding mine & Mitch's full size bikes.
One evening on my walk, I found a huge end to end rainbow at the end of our road. The entire wild wetland / lake was covered by this great arc. My phone battery was languishing & wouldn't take a panorama.
Our garden seems stunted this year. But strawberry season was good & we're eating a few fresh picked peas, beans & carrots.
We're loving our chickens & summer flowers.
Wild raspberries abound all around us right now.
My friend, Alaina, made us an appointment for pedicures together last week. A splurge, but such a treat! I was introduced to a new spa / salon in town that was so much fun, located in a historic old school building in town. It's nice to indulge in something special once in a while. I feel that I'm at a stage in my life where I can do so feeling less guilt, yet as much appreciation as ever.
I just started reading The Fault in Our Stars. I wish I had a bonus hour each day to read.
Beau & I read The Wind in the Willows together over the past couple of days. I enjoyed his snuggles and we giggled a lot. Giggles are great.
Home projects are numerous right now. I'm moving into our home office, converting multiple closets, & working on some more exterior staining. My list goes on & on.
I've been greatly limiting my thrift & treasure hunting.. but have acquired a few project items & have some old ones waiting in line as well.
"I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see." -John Burroughs
I'm feeling that quote lately.
Peace, Love, & A Very Happy August,
*All of these photos were taken with my phone.. so handy on the go. But I still love my camera-camera best of all. :)