Thursday, July 9, 2009


I love summer! And today was a nice summer day -- cool enough to wear jeans in the morning, enough rain to water the plants, and a lovely sunshiney evening with perfect temp. Everyday doesn't always bring such pleasant weather, but I have been enjoying the cooler summer this year.

And, it is so nice to be out of school! I wake up in the morning without that responsibility on my shoulders of getting the kids through their lessons. It seems we spend quite a bit of time on housework though, and 90% of the time I feel like it doesn't even make a dent! I was reading over at Sally Clarkson's blog and she said something about how her house is "always in the process of being in and out of messes." That's my house for sure. But, maybe that's where life takes place -- in the messes. So maybe I should be happy that there's a lot of "life" going on around here.

I've decided I need an eye checkup. I'm admitting that I've been avoiding knitting because it strains my eyes and gives me a headache. I hope it's not time for bifocals! I thought that was a nother 10 years down the road!

Preparations are underway for a family vacation in another week. We are actually GOING AWAY for vacation this year. This will be our first trip away since returning from Scotland. I think we are all excited, despite the 20 hours of driving each way. It sure takes a lot of organizing to ready 6 people for being away from home for 2 weeks. Next week is going to be hectic with a bridal shower, our 10th anniversary and family birthday celebrations (oh, and all the packing too!).

Maybe I won't think about all that tonight. Michael is sick with whatever the children had last week. He's due to leave for Pittsburgh first thing in the morning for a wedding this weekend. I need to go get that suitcase packed and then maybe sit and do something relaxing (not knitting) to try and get rid of the headache I incurred this afternoon.

Back to the subject of this post: summer. It certainly is flying by quickly. But there is so much to enjoy! The colors around are just gorgeous, the fruits and veg are amazing, beautiful and inspiring, and watching the children have fun makes me happy.


Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

My daughter is leaving for England in two weeks (a second honeymoon for their 9 1/2 years of marriage).

However, she caught the same thing from the kids that I got while they were here. She says the only good thing about it is losing five pounds. :)

Somehow packing isn't easy when you feel horrible.

Have fun when on vacation!

Christina said...

It's better to have happy, creative kids than a magazine home!Sorry about the headache -- we both forgot to bring water to drink while we knitted. Perhaps that was it.

A Little Bunny said...

ahh bifocals, i ended up buying two pairs of glasses instead of getting them. i now have cherry red rayban 'reading' glasses :) makes me feel a lot more hip heehee.

willow said...

Hello Heather,
Its odd how I often read through your blog and see similarities to things happening to me. I just logged on to the computer, clicked on to your blog and then went to get my glasses only to read that you are thinking about getting reading glasses! I find I need them for knitting now, not for plain knitting but if I am picking up stitches or following a pattern I need them.
Next, I read on to find you planning for your holiday - just this week we booked up to go away. We are returning to the Shetland Islands which is a 24 hour journey although luckily we won't be driving, trains and a ferry for us. Where will you be going on holiday?

Ruth MacC said...

It's hard work preparing for the hol but worth it and hopefully you will have great emories.

Glad you are enjoying your Summer. I feel like it is finally Summer here. I just had a very long walk with the dog and even though it was drizzling, it was warm so I enjoyed it very much.

Mrs J said...

Yum.... your photo of the Strawberry pie had me reaching for the strawberry jam I made yesterday! If you want a good holiday shawl knit then try 'forest canopy' by Susan lawrenece. I am on my second! Its wriiten to knit in double kniting/ light worsted but works in lighter weight yarns as well. Its an easy, pick up & put down knit & makes a great shawl. I love my read one.

Mrs J said...

read one? Try red one!