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!