Exactly a month has gone by since I was here. I've written umpteen posts in my mind, but they all seemed to flit away. Which is maybe fitting for summer.
Instead of blogging I've:
traveled back to Coeur d'alene, Idaho - possibly the most perfect place on earth to spend summer
furnished our covered patio with chairs, a firepit, rug, and a funky little cart I found at a junk store
planted three lilac bushes next to the patio so that, in years to come, they will not only shade our patio, but bless us with beautiful flowers and lovely smells
planted a pot of herbs to snip at when I'm cooking supper
gained two pounds instead of losing five, but we won't dwell there
read several books, including Black Like Me and Rise - I recommend both. About to start another from the stack next to my bed - decisions, decisions
rejoined our rec center and used it once in two weeks
started to sew pillow shams for the bed three times, making pretty much no progress whatsoever
hosted my baby brother for a visit, which explains at least one of the two pounds put on
sluiced for star garnets with same brother, and found two. Teensy tiny but amazing to look at under a microthingamajig
had multiple popsicle dates with our grandkids on our newly furnished patio. Red is my favorite popsicle color. Little is my favorite kind of people to visit me.
hosted our daughter and son-in-love for a 'hear all about it' get together - which might have been the cause of another of those pounds put on
taken on mentoring a young couple with their finances, one of the most rewarding ways I ever get to serve
gone back to serving in children's ministry on Sunday mornings, a favorite for me.
went to see The Sandlot with our oldest grandchild, fun summer movie!
finished the second sock of the pair I started back in March. Moving on to dishcloth knitting because it doesn't take brain power, is great lap work for those road trips, and makes the perfect housewarming or hostess gift when you throw in a bottle of Mrs. Myers anything
Donated the purse I bought from Target because my purse is so heavy it busted the strap off, and I can't live without a single thing that's in there, and went back to a Vera Bradley bag. They're indestructible and washable - a combination hard to beat.
So - now an entire month of summer has slipped by, and we're loving being here, but perhaps a little less celebrating with food, a little more time at the rec center, but also lots of curling up with books, spending time with family and friends, and a few more days of routine tossed in to keep things balanced.
All things in moderation. Which means I'll be back in a month or less.