Saturday and now it’s summer

June 14, 2014 @ 8:25 am | Filed under:

bare necessities

I certainly didn’t mean to check out for a week, but right after my fun afternoon at the fair I got sick, sick, sick. Spent the better part of three days huddled in bed, wretched and useless. Scott, Rose, and Beanie took very good care of me and kept the house chugging along. By the time I recovered, the week was nearly over and it was time to head up the coast to pick up our college girl for the summer. We got back last night, minivan crammed to bursting, happy to all be under the same roof again.

Wonderboy, too, is finished with school for the summer. A long, lovely low tide is beginning. I’m making summery plans. Some garden work, a lot of Balboa Park time, some geocaching excursions. Mornings outdoors when it’s still cool, afternoons full of read-alouds and Minecraft. A day at the beach here and there. Jane has an internship lined up and plans to take a summer class. Rose wants to focus on her Spanish—and learn to drive. Beanie is practicing hard for Piano Guild. I’d like to empty my house of about half its contents. Is that too ambitious a goal? 😉

And suddenly I’m realizing we’re at the point where Comic-Con is next month. Gulp.

I want to do a lot of art with my younger set this summer. We’ve had trouble squeezing that in lately, and that’s all wrong—I’ve never thought of art as something to “squeeze in”; it’s always been a primary focus of the day. But my current teens-and-littles mix means our days have a lot of things that deserve focus. So I’ll be working to correct that upending of the natural order. 🙂 Gotta clean up the corner of the kitchen where we keep all the supplies. Time for some new watercolors and tissue paper.

I have lots piled up to write about. Like this podcast interview at The Parentalist! It was such a fun discussion, all about parenting and favorite resources. And I told about my Wrapple Summer, a favorite childhood memory.

P.S. If I owe you an email, see paragraph #1! I’m trying to get myself caught up. 🙂

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  1. Ellie says:

    Hee! I actually just wrote about your inview, how funny is that?!

    Glad you,re feeling healthy again! My kids have been grumbly and I found myself wondering, ‘gee, i wonder if they’re getting sick …’

    Yay for an at-home-for-summer Jane 🙂

  2. sarah says:

    This all sounds so wonderful. Well, except the being sick part. I’m glad you’re past that! Many beautiful blessings for your summer ahead.

  3. Penny says:

    Sorry you’ve been sick – hope it’s all glowing good health from here on out!

    Great podcast – really enjoyed it a lot!

    All of your summer plans sounds wonderful, even the house cleaning part 🙂

  4. Karen Edmisten says:

    Can’t wait to go listen to that podcast. So happy you’re feeling better!

  5. Susanne Barrett says:

    Glad you’re feeling better. We’re wrapping up the year with Heritage Christian School–Class Days are done, but I still need to grade final tests for my high schooler to go along with his chemistry class, etc. And I have final essays to grade for Brave Writer’s Romeo & Juliet class, but the classwork is all done–with nearly 950 posts over four weeks! Yikes!! But we had a blast!! 🙂

    Then my elder two (22 and 19) want to spend time at the SD Zoo sketching; my sis-in-law drives buses at the zoo and gives tours, so she keeps us in the know. My eldest was saddened this spring by the news of the death of Orson, the black panther, her favorite animal at the zoo who had been born the same year she was. My younger two want lots of beach time which is handy with my parents living half a block from Law Street beach in PB. 🙂

    And I want to laze on the sofa or in the park, reading and writing (and perhaps a few trips to Balboa on Free Tuesdays? I’m hungering for art besides the Timken!). Summertime in the mountains gets blamed hot–often over 110 degrees on my front porch. Who woulda thunk it in Pine Valley? 🙂

    Have a lovely summer, Melissa!!

    ~Susanne 🙂