August, already?

August 5, 2019 @ 4:19 pm | Filed under: , , , ,

June and July were mighty full months for me & my gang. I hardly ever travel, but this summer I’ve made three separate trips! The Brave Writer staff retreat in Ohio (I’ll be teaching two sessions of Comic Strip Capers this fall); a big family wedding in Virginia Beach; Lynda Barry’s Writing the Unthinkable workshop; and then back to Ohio for the Brave Learner Conference, where I was part of a panel with Julie Bogart, her mother Karen O’Connor, and Dottie of enchanted art table fame! AND THEN, back here at home, we wrapped up July with a long-anticipated event: a (minor) spinal surgery for the 15yo. (It went swimmingly and he’s recovering well.) And in the snippet of time between the conference and the surgery, Scott drove to San Luis Obispo to move Jane to Portland. She had an Americorps position at the university that wrapped up last month, and now she’s HERE. All my chicks back in the nest for a while. Color this mama hen very happy.

As for me, I spent the days between conference and surgery on a housecleaning spree. (Channeling Mrs. Ray expecting Betsy or Julia home from a trip, you know.) I get organization frenzy every summer. And my poor garden, oof, after two months of neglect it needed some serious TLC. When it’s too hot to clean or garden, I’ve been embroidering a lot, catching up on Cozy Blue Stitch Club projects.

So I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised to look at my grid today and realize it’s been a week since I posted? I’ve shared tons in my Stories, so it didn’t feel like that much time had passed. But it has! I had hoped to take a little down time in August, but I’m seeing that wasn’t entirely realistic. The multiple trips left me feeling like I could use a vacation, but now I gotta catch up from the trips! Fortunately I love my work. 😄

How about you? Enjoying a low-key summer, or suddenly feeling like fall is peering at you through the window?

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  1. Penny says:

    I’m glad WB is recovering well. Thank Goodness.

    I feel like 2019 has passed me by. I definitely have not been living my best life this year. Time to make some lists and turn it around…….

    Enjoy having your sweet ones all home! xo

  2. Fatima says:

    That giraffe looks so cute!
    What / where is the enchanted art table?

    The summer flew by here as well, but a very hot summer this time..

  3. Penelope says:

    Yes, doesn’t time simply spin away like a top … Here we are on the doorstep of Autumn … I will be heartglad to settle into Lessons with Thomas, tho’ we’ve a few rivers to cross before then … So glad to hear WB’s surgery went well and oh! Joy! To have all the ducklings home/nearby. How lovely.

  4. Melissa Wiley says:

    Dottie’s enchanted art table is a wonderful Julie Bogart story—you can read about it in her book The Brave Learner! 🙂

  5. Melanie says:

    I don’t know where the summer’s gone. We’ve hardly done anything beyond the one camping trip to Gettysburg. I guess you could call it a relaxed summer, but some of it has been stolen by a nasty tick and Lyme disease. We haven’t even made it to the beach once. I can’t believe September’s almost upon us. I also can’t believe WB is 15. Time flies too dang fast.

  6. Monica says:

    oh man, you were in Cinci TWICE and I didn’t see you!?? I have to get up there some time when you are there. Please let me know!