Friday, July 16, 2010

Summer break

I seem to be taking summer" break" very seriously, as I've taken a break from doing anything that isn't absolutely vital to our breathing and staying alive for the past seven weeks. Almost all of my good intentions for the summer have gone by the wayside. I haven't played a single game of golf with my sister-in-law, haven't gone for a single bike ride with my girlfriend, and aside from a simple project or two, home improvement has consisted of doing the laundry and managing to eke out a meal at the end of the day.

Part of the reason is that we've had 47 -- yes, I counted -- baseball and softball games on our calendar since June 1st. Both seasons ended this week. (Although it never really ends, since fall baseball is right around the corner.) For those of you who don't like baseball, you're thinking it sounds like as much fun as sitting and watching paint dry. But, it was actually quite enjoyable, save a few 98 degree days, to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine, spending time with family and new friends, and driving to the far reaches of the state, searching for fields and stadium lights looming over the horizon.

For me personally, the summer has meant getting up early in the morning and spending an hour or two on the back porch, while it's still cool, reading and writing and keeping company with Lilly, who is the only other early riser in the household, except of course DH who is long gone for work. It's the only quiet time I get all day, so I don't feel that it's self-indulgent, but simply self-preservation.

If I were to make a word cloud for this summer it would include baseball, softball, fencing (for older son), job hunting (older son), my DH's fabulous gin & tonics, writing, garage sales, hot, Pamplona purple pedicures, topsy-turvy strawberry planters, cooler, lawn chair, Gatorade, sunflower seeds, and horses.

Notice I didn't put blogging. I haven't given up on it, but it has definitely taken a back seat for the past few weeks:( I hope you're all having a good summer and that it is just the kind of break you need!

10 comments:

Anita said...

Continue to go where your heart takes you. :)

Frog Hollow Farm Girl said...

Hi Karen, you sound very busy and I understand what you mean about feeling that you haven't accomplished anything on that LIST. Damn those lists anyway, in the midst of success we feel that we're failing if not able to check off one item after another. Besides, you're right in enjoying the things that you have been doing - and the time will come when that bike ride or game of golf will fit perfectly into your day! And thanks for the birthday wishes on Facebook - I really appreciated that! Ciao, bella!

Joanne said...

That's what summer's all about, letting those good intentions go by the wayside and lingering in the beautiful days. Enjoy!

Bee Jay said...

sounds like the perfect summer Karen - and look how much you've achieved in personal relationships with your family! You go girl!
Blessings!

Country Dreaming said...

Good to see you--glad all is well.
Sometimes a break is necessary.
They keep us fresh.
If you are a around tomorrow stop by for some BIG news at Dreaming!

Have a wonderfully quiet weekend!

Melinda

Jen said...

Sounds perfect to me! I love your schedule...it means you are living life the way you want! Keep living it!

Rizzi said...

HI KAREN,
BOY...YOU SOUND REALLY BUSY, BUT AT LEAST ITS WITH FAMILY.
I THOUGHT YOU WENT ON
VACATION. THE SUMMER IS GOING BY FAST, BUT THE OLDER YOU GET THE FASTER IT GOES. OUR WEATHER IS SO HOT HERE IN NJ, HOPE WE GET A BREAK SOON. JACKIE AND FAMILY LEAVE FOR CAMPING JULY 18, TO JULY 31ST.
TAKE CARE, LOVE, AUNT RIZ

Sherri said...

Karen, sometimes you just need a summer like you are having! Enjoy!

Bill said...

I'm just dropping by to say "hi!" and catch up on your blog. I get so caught up in daily tasks that I have not been keeping my site updated, I'm afraid. You certainly have been busy!
In case you haven't read it yet, consider adding "The Help" to your reading list. I got it to take along on vacation, started off reading a few pages to be sure I wanted to lug it with me, and finished the entire book before I left town.

Anita said...

I just finished reading "The Help" too. Good read!