Dog Days of Summer

The summer that felt like it would never arrive is now here with a vengeance. I don’t mind the heat one bit, and I absolutely adore waking up to the vibrant sunshine streaming through my windows, but the farmers are already bemoaning the lack of rain and the effect it’s having on their crops. Even our little garden is withering away, although I’m holding out hope for the tomatoes.

Speaking of farmers, I spent a day last week touring one of Horizon Organic’s farms. I’ll tell you all about it when I have time to gather my thoughts. We had a great time, the kids especially enjoyed dissecting a cow patty. Yeah, I know! You’ll have to wait to hear the rest.

I spent most of the weekend reading. I finally finished the Wilderness Series. I love how she ended it — wrapping up each character’s story with newspaper articles. It gave a great sense of closure, for which I was grateful. I had seriously been wondering how I was going to go on without these characters in my life, although I admit, the last book grew tedious towards the end and I was actually ready to be done with them.

Last week I survived our first sleep-away camp. My son went to a camp nearby, and we had no contact with him for exactly 137 hours, not that I was counting. I think he’s going to be a lifer. He hasn’t stopped talking about it since he got back; I’ve never seen him so animated about anything except possibly the Phillies winning the World Series 3 years ago.

This week my youngest is at VBS, and next week my middle goes to a nature camp, so they’re all getting their turn. I’ll tell you one thing; having 2 kids is a heckuvalot different than having 3. I wasn’t sure I’d notice the difference, but man. Not that I’d give up one of my kids for all the shoes at Nordstrom, but I’m just sayin’. It’s different.

If I had a menu plan for this week, I’d share it with you, but I’m getting very lax in the meal planning department. I need to get my act together, but I generally just cook up whatever meat and veggies I find at the farmers’ market. The grill is my best friend!

I had a great run this morning, and this afternoon I have a babysitter and no particular plans, other than hosting two of my favorite Philly girls and their kids for dinner, so I’m off to see what I can find to do with myself. I am not allowed to drive within a mile of a shopping mall. That’s the only rule.

What are you up to today? How are you spending the dog days of summer? Talk to me.