"What Did You Do This Summer?" could have been a writing prompt for a fourth grade classroom assignment. Summer is not over, and already I am panicking. Where did the time go and what exactly HAVE I done?
There are only five weeks left until I start back to teaching and my to-do list is only getting longer. We are leaving for a week at the beach August 11th, and then "boom" school starts as soon as I get back. That really only leaves four weeks for summer projects, book research and 'chores.' You know what I mean--all those 'want-to-dos' that you tell yourself will get done during the longer days. My summer has been TOO full with what I am not sure, but I do wonder how I am going to accomplish those lofty goals I set when I dreamed of not teaching this summer (a first for me in um, about forty years.)
What I accomplished is so plebeian that I hate to even mention it. I did not prep for a show, write a book, speak at conferences or trek in Africa. Mostly I cleaned out a closets, cleaned out a recently deceased relative's house and trucked stuff home, started an Etsy shop, posted dozens of items on Ebay (silver is the only hot seller), moved a daughter, cleaned up after the mega-storm, buried a cat -- well, you get the picture and I will stop before boredom sends you screaming back to Francesca's exciting post.
Oh, did I mention selling at three big yard sales? When I strapped on a caving helmet and ventured into our dark basement closets and dank garage corners, I was amazed at the heaps of dusty $%^& that I encountered. It took days to clean, sort and box it all. Then there were the two dozen Avon bottles I bought this spring for the booth, erroneously believing people still collected Avon, and the boxes of other 'antiques' that turned out to be not so valuable. I didn't bother pricing anything since I have learned that dreams of a $45 price tag on your 1982 'vintage' bike (okay, vintage here means rust) , quickly deteriorates into selling it for $5 to the first interested person.
I am interested to find out what projects you have completed (Laura, here is your chance to tell about your new renovation) and what is still on your-to-do list. Tell, tell.
Alison--I did finish remodeling my bedroom, yes. I can't imagine anything too interesting I could say about that, but I'm very happy with it. Otherwise, its been tending the garden, riding the horses..etc. A happy life. Soon we are taking our horses to the mountains for a week of camping and riding--which will be my big adventure for the summer.
Oh, have fun camping. Will you take your horses?
Yes--taking the horses. We plan to ride every day.
Every holidays, every weekend... the list is always too long of things to do and too short with regards to things accomplished at the end!
I'll always add more and be hopeful that some will get done!
I hear ya! I hope you can check off one or two things.
It's been so dry here that I've almost given up on my vegetable garden, so that's low on the chore list. Off to the farmer's market instead.
Well this summer I had planned to walk everyday, ride my horse and log some miles on the trails and attain a certain goal I have been working toward in my riding lessons for the last three months. None of this has been accomplished but I have organized all the drawers and closets in my home, gotten some things done for the coming school year and read this blog.
Know the feeling of being busy and all-business, but maybe not sensing a marathon of accomplishment. The summer calls for flexibility, particularly in families.
We're on horse time, remember? ;-)
Linda Ann - Horse time means 'all eating' if you asked my horses. What is your definition?
1stHorse--I am glad I am not the only one who spent the summer cleaning out closets!
I know!!!! So much to do, not enough time....for being lazy. I basically have a horrible case of procrastination, followed up with a recovering illness of laziness. All my goals - buy a horse, set up my own "buisnesses" ect, bathe the pets, ect, ect. did not get done. Hear!
Camping sounds fun!
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