It seems to happen with such regularity in the summer now that I come to expect it. Yellow jackets start building nests in the ground in my lawn, I run over the entrance with my lawn mower and piss them off, then I get stung! I wrote about it happening for the first time here. Last year I had one stuck in my hair and got zapped on my head over and over again. Had a nasty headache for the rest of the day. Today wasn’t too bad, one on the knee and one on my stomach. The pain is gone now and I’m left with that annoying itch.
July 13, 2014
Started the day with Zumba class.
A little project sprang to mind yesterday too. It has to do with catharsis and closure. No Z words there, but I will be going through about a zillion photos to complete it!
Those are many of my old fashioned photo albums. You can’t see all that I have in the house, but those are the ones I determined have photos in them I want to consider for the project. Many will have to be scanned because I either never stored them online, can’t find where they were online, were contained on a long-since-dead hard drive or were taken before I’d gone completely digital. I’ll tell you more about the project as I get further along. Some of you can probably guess what it is about.
July 11, 2014
Our dance teacher has decided to close her studio doors. Her own children are of an age where she has decided she needs to be home with them and the hours a dance studio must keep do not allow this for the parent of school-aged children. It was a heartbreaking, devastating decision for her and for us. This place has been a huge part of our lives for 16 years. Sarah was, of course, looking forward to finishing her senior year of high school while participating in her last full year of dance in the place that she has loved her whole life. It was so much more than a place where my daughters and I took dance lessons; it was our home away from home, a place where many friendships were born and grew and flourished.
I didn’t take any photos today, but I realized I never shared any of the shots I took at dress rehearsal this year. I perhaps would have been better about gathering some extra, more poignant shots had I known this was to be our last dress rehearsal and recital for the Karrie-Lyn Studio of Dance. I don’t have the joy in my heart today to give these photos the proper editing job they deserve, so I am presenting them here SOOC.
July 10, 2014
I’ve been out of school for 3 weeks already. This time of year passes much more quickly than the winter, don’t you think?
Sarah and I spent some time together today. She is having her senior portraits taken next week, so of course that meant a little shopping. After choosing a few things, we popped over to Panera Bread for lunch.
I’ve been hoping that once the house renovations that we started last year get moving again, I might be able to get some new furniture. For the heck of it, Sarah and I popped into a furniture store to have a look around.
How is your summer so far?
July 9, 2014
The highlight of day 20, a fresh haircut:
I love going to the salon. So nice to have someone take care of me for a little while!
July 8, 2014
Day 19 of summer, driving home from the grocery store, *gasp*, what’s that? Right there on my windshield, while I’m driving!
Yup, another frog, or perhaps toad this time. I’m honestly not sure how to tell the difference, but there it was looking in my windshield at me. The drive home from the grocery store is short, and I hoped it wouldn’t blow off and become frog pâté. It briefly disappeared from view, but when I arrived home in the driveway, it appeared in this spot I’m showing you in the photos, unruffled, unperturbed.
*If you don’t know my previous frog story, please read this post.
I’m not sure where the frog went – hopefully not for a dip in the hot tub.
July 7, 2014
Sunday, the 17th day of summer, brought a new, soothing experience for me. I tried hot yoga for the first time. My regular workout routine has been on hold this week due to my back acting up and I’d been hearing quite a bit about hot yoga from my sister and other people too. It seemed like time to give it a try.
I wasn’t sure what to expect walking into the super-heated room. I don’t know what the exact temperature was but it wasn’t overwhelming. I sweated, that’s for sure! The instructor’s voice was soothing, and he was helpful to newbie me in getting the correct form for poses. I enjoyed the experience and would definitely do it again sometime.
I continued my soothing day once again enjoying the new-found comfort of the air mattress in my pool. I thought it would be nice if I could show you my view as I lazily floated, drifting in gentle circles. I was wearing sunglasses, so to make the photos as close to what I was seeing as I could, I added the polarizing filter to my lens to be my camera’s “sunglasses”.
In a very unusual situation for us, just Meghan and I were home for dinner Sunday night. So, like with Sarah the night before, we enjoyed dinner al fresco. After dinner we watched the movie “Dirty Dancing” – Meghan had never seen it before.
Can you believe it has been 27 years since that movie came out? Ay-yi-yi!
I ran errands while hubby worked on fixing our leaking A/C. We have central air and it was leaking water all over the basement.
For not knowing what was for dinner when I started the day, I turned out a pretty good one in my opinion. A little mixed grill of kebabs with help from Cooking Light magazine:
The ones on the left are yogurt-garlic chicken with zucchini and the ones on the right are southwestern style beef with cherry tomatoes and avocado.
July 6, 2014
Yesterday, day 16 of summer, was definitely a day to be outside. Hurricane Arthur left behind a day with very low humidity, gentle breezes and a high temperature of about 80°.
I started my time outside by removing a frog from my hot tub! Yes, you read that correctly; a small green frog was enjoying some steamy conditions when I opened the cover. No idea how it got in there since the cover is always closed when not in use. I guess there must be some gaps at the edges of the tub. (In my shock I forgot to take a picture!) It looked kind of like this one from last summer, but bigger.
I scooped it up and placed it out in the yard away from the hot tub.
When the game was over (Sox won dramatically in the bottom of the 9th), I decided to try out my new float in my new pool for a little while.
I purchased a twin sized air mattress meant for sleeping on. The warmth of the felty side on my back while my fingers dangled in the cool water was a pleasure, and so very comfortable.
Only Sarah was home with me last night, and I wasn’t quite ready to retire to the inside come dinner time, so we dined al fresco. Perfect way to complete a lovely outdoorsy kind of day.
July 5, 2014
As I think it was for most of the east coast, the 4th of July (Day 15 of my 66 days), was a rainy day. Something about rain seems to bring a sense of calmness. We moved around the house quietly and kept things low key. It was also a perfect day to bring back a recipe I hadn’t made for several years: mixed berry pie.
It is not easy to get the “perfect” timing for all the berries being their freshest and most local! Strawberries are the first to arrive here -usually around Father’s Day and petering out around the 4th of July. My raspberries usually start to get going at the beginning of July. Local blueberries seem to appear mid-July. I decided to go for this pie yesterday because I had what might be my last batch of local strawberries and the blueberries were from New Jersey – not so very far geographically! Plus this pie just happens to be red, white and blue!