Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog

July 29, 2013

State of My Year

WordPress’s Daily Prompt today says to “Write up a mid-year “State of My Year” post.
Photographers, artists, poets: show us NOW.”

I’ve been receiving the Daily Prompt in my email for quite a long time now and often thought the idea presented sounded interesting to blog about, but I’ve rarely participated for no good reason other than being busy with other things or just being distracted by daily life. I was thinking I’d like to write a blog post today but wasn’t sure how to collect my thoughts. The prompt arrived in my email and seemed like an interesting “take stock” idea. The prompt calls it “mid-year” – it is the end of July, that’s really a bit past mid-year, isn’t it? It is also just a little past the mid-point of summer vacation from school too, so here’s where things are at for me.

Anticipation for Meghan’s move to campus has begun. We’ve been out shopping for dorm supplies.
dorm supplies
Target, Bed Bath & Beyond and Christmas Tree Shops have all provided us with some great deals and bargains to get her set up in the place she will live for 9 months starting on August 22nd. It is exciting and scary and happy and sad all at once. My stomach does flip-flops whenever I think about it.

My garden seems to be doing nicely. I’m pretty much keeping up with the weeding this year.
garden mid-summer
Those piles to the right of center are weeds I’ve pulled and hoed and raked, but I just haven’t removed from the garden yet. I’ve harvested some of nearly everything I’ve planted this year, including tomatoes.
garden harvest
I’m not used to having tomatoes until mid-August, so those early girls were a nice treat.

The butterfly bushes are in full bloom and the swallowtails and hummingbird moths have returned to drink their fill of nectar.
tiger swallowtail

hummingbird moth

Other plants surrounding my deck, I’m ashamed to admit, have not fared so well. During the intense heat wave most of the country endured a little over a week ago, I spent little time outside and forgot about my poor little potted plants needing water!
oops forgot to water them
Oops! I’ve never been so neglectful. I killed every one of my potted annuals, except for this mini-rose the girls gave me for Mother’s Day.
It was lucky enough to be planted in a “self-watering” container with a little reservoir in the bottom of the pot, so it survived. Maybe I should look for a few more of those containers, huh?

looks ok
Ah, the pool. It has been both a blessing and a thorn in my side this summer. I told you in this post about the liner tearing and needing replacing. Then, I explained here what happened when we did replace it. Since then, hoses have sprung leaks and needed replacing and parts have come loose, unbeknownst to me at the time, and drained a couple hundred gallons of water from the pool. Then last night, as I was cleaning up from dinner, I noticed the lights in the house were flickering. I looked around trying to figure out if there was a brown-out going on, when smoke billowing up from my backyard caught my eye! At that moment, a small burst of flame appeared in the area of the pool’s filter. I ran outside, unplugged the filter and turned on the hose. The flame was gone, but this was discovered:
I have no idea why but the power cord to the filter shorted out and fried. Goody, yet another pool part that needs replacing this year. I do feel lucky, however, that the flame didn’t go anywhere and cause any other damage.

Before the smoking adventure with my pool, we had just returned home from our annual camping trip. This is a tradition 20+ years in the making which you can read about here if you are interested. I didn’t take any pictures this year on our trip to Tolland State Forest in Otis, Ma, except for this pretty great one of our whole group of campers, couples and families who have been friends since we were teenagers/young adults:
da gang
We were all pretty happy we made it through the weekend without a drop of rain. That isn’t usually the case for our camping trips! In fact, this past weekend had to be one of the nicest we’ve ever experienced while camping: sunny skies, pleasant temperatures and no humidity.

I am looking forward to the rest of what summer holds. My younger daughter turns 16 this week! Party and learner’s permit coming soon. Our annual vacation to Maine is less than two weeks away.

That’s the “now” of my life at this little-more-than-mid-point of the year. How is your “now”?


  1. WOW, lots going on. I understand about the flip-flopping tummy. Very scary about the extension cord ! I think it’s time for a new pool.

    Comment by sybil — July 29, 2013 @ 11:27 am | Reply

    • I’m afraid you’ll be right about the pool eventually, but hopefully we will get a few more years out of it. The taking down and putting up of a new pool is a HUGE amount of work, (we’ve done it twice in the past) and something I am not looking forward to doing any time soon!

      Comment by Karma — July 30, 2013 @ 7:55 am | Reply

  2. Sounds like you’re having a wonderful summer, well, except for the pool!
    My Meghan just got her wisdom teeth out last Friday, but I expect we’ll be doing a bit of back to school shopping here, as well after she feels better. Which college did your Meghan decide upon?

    Comment by Kate — July 29, 2013 @ 1:00 pm | Reply

    • Yes, summer is pretty good so far, pool’s behavior excepted! Hope your Meghan is feeling better; I remember getting my wisdom teeth out – no fun there.
      My Meghan is going to Clark University in Worcester, MA – only about 45 miles away from here, so not too far when she wants to come home.

      Comment by Karma — July 30, 2013 @ 7:57 am | Reply

  3. Gosh, it’s so interesting you chose to respond to a Daily Prompt today. I actually wrote a response to a Daily Prompt, too, but have decided not to run it. Just didn’t feel right after writing it. Your was very interesting. I actually got a bit choked up thinking about your baby going off to college. Ooops. It’s happening again. What bittersweet days. Must sign off. Too teary-eyed.

    Comment by Kathy — July 29, 2013 @ 1:11 pm | Reply

    • Aw, thanks Kathy. Was it this Daily Prompt that you wrote about? I’m honestly surprised that you read the Daily Prompt since you always seem so very full of wonderful writing ideas.

      Comment by Karma — July 30, 2013 @ 7:58 am | Reply

      • No it was the one “Life after blogging” which Carol wrote about. When I read her post I experienced a passionate moment of wanting to write about this topic. However…nah. It was passionate, all right, but not what I really want to share…

        Comment by Kathy — July 30, 2013 @ 8:10 am

  4. You always seem to spread this feeling of being alive in the lovely world. I truly admire your passion for gardening – you have maintained it well. I think you are doing pretty well in this year, lots has happened and life is moving ahead day after day. Sometimes its too fast. I moved away from home six years back for the employment purpose. I really miss being home, still not overcome the home sickness. Life is such! Thank you for the blog, it feels so much related.

    Comment by sonali — July 29, 2013 @ 10:17 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Sonali – your comments are always so very kind and appreciated!

      Comment by Karma — July 30, 2013 @ 7:59 am | Reply

  5. You have so much going on right now Karma! I’m pleased that you have been able to take the time to enjoy your beautiful insects, butterflies, vegetables, flowers and friends too. My baby turns 16 at the end of August and we also will be going through teaching him to drive. They grow up so fast, where do the years go?

    Comment by Joanne — July 30, 2013 @ 7:18 pm | Reply

    • It seems like a lot going on, but it really doesn’t feel that way. Since I am home from work for the summer, most days go by in a lazy sort of way. How is it that days can be long and slow while years are fast and furious?
      Thanks Joanne.

      Comment by Karma — July 31, 2013 @ 8:26 am | Reply

  6. Your NOW is very busy. Your garden looks lovely, and the butterfly, the flowers, and the vegetables are beautiful. Yikes on all the pool problems!

    Comment by Robin — August 8, 2013 @ 2:22 pm | Reply

    • The NOW may seem busy, but it is really managable. Not working for the summer makes it pretty easy.
      Thanks Robin.

      Comment by Karma — August 8, 2013 @ 8:34 pm | Reply

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