Well, here we are, rounding out another month of this unpredictable year! I’m in complete denial that August is just around the corner, and I the only one?
I used to feel like we still had a good bit of summer left when August rolled around, but with one kid involved in the marching band (which starts practicing the first week of August) and another one headed off to college in the middle of the month, the hazy, lazy days of summer are just about over for me. And let’s face it, I haven’t really had many lazy days this summer. It’s been one thing after another over here.
There has, however, been plenty of haze. In the middle of this past week, I noticed an alert on my weather app about unhealthy air quality for sensitive groups, so I looked into it. I guess we’re getting the effects from the wildfires out west all the way over here on the east coast. Crazytown. I haven’t paid a lot of attention to the national news as of late, but it sounds like it’s pretty bad out there. My heart goes out to those of you living in the midst of it.
I’ve been pretty much nose to the grindstone over here, trying to keep up with work and juggling a lot of appointments for the kids. We had some family from out of town stop through for the weekend, and it was really nice to take some time off and just relax and enjoy our backyard. Fortunately, the weather cooperated, so we were in the pool and on the deck for a good portion of the last two days.
And Paul finally got his new smoker put together and did his first batch of ribs last night. They turned out great, and it was nice not to have to cook the entire meal myself. They take a while, so that’s the only downside, but I’ve got a feeling we’re going to be using that smoker a lot — especially on the weekends, when he has more time to tend to it.
He’s feeling better, and it’s so nice to see him eating again. He just has to be careful and keep his diverticulitis/diverticulosis calmed down until he can have surgery in September. We’re both half dreading/half looking forward to that. He’s excited to feel more normal again, which hopefully will be the case, but it sounds like the recovery process can be a little bit rough. At least, it’s not supposed to be a quick recovery; he will probably be out of work for a couple of weeks.
But there’s a lot that has to happen before that! Namely, getting my daughter off to college next month. She’s started making lists and ordering things she thinks she needs, so that’s encouraging, but of course I’ve got a lot of mixed emotions. I know it’s time for her to spread her wings a bit, but I’m dreading the transition period… for both of us. I’m trying not to think that far ahead. We still have a lot of things to check off our to-do list, so I’m doing my best to take things one day at a time.
So yeah, that’s about it for me. I planned out my August content calendar last week, and I’m excited to start fleshing out those posts. Lots of transition style and fall trends coming your way!
I hope you’re having a good weekend and enjoying your summer!