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August 14, 2016

If We Were Having Coffee: Summer Catch Up Edition

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As I sat here Sunday morning drinking my coffee and reading Robin’s coffee share, I thought to myself, as I have many times this summer, write a blog post! But where to begin? I’ve been quite the slacker blogger as of late, with no real reason why. I’ve been active and busy and enjoying myself, but no real reason why I couldn’t write a post. So “stealing” a little bit from Robin in the title of this post, but giving her all the credit I made a decision to write this morning. My phone is a great reminder of everything I’ve been up to this summer so I’m starting there, with a selection of photos from the phone to bring me up to speed a bit. I have more shots in my “big girl camera” from some of the places I’ve been this summer, but I’d like to edit them before I present them – so maybe I will get a couple more posts done before summer comes rushing to an end and I imagine I’ll have even less time to blog.

If we were having coffee (or tea or whatever is your preference), I might say to you, pour yourself a good sized cup and strap in! I’ll probably ramble on for quite a while! If we were sitting together on my deck (assuming the awful humidity of late has passed) the first thing you might notice is the state of my “garden”. I made a decision not to plant one this year and the spot it usually occupies next to the deck is rampant with weeds at the moment. It was a sad decision, but that area would require more TLC than I was willing to give it at this time to make it flourish. The soil is spent and diseased and seems to be a breeding ground for awful things like tomato horn worms. Instead I bought myself two tomato plants and put them in containers. It seemed like a good idea back in June…
Early tomatoes
… but as summer progressed, not so much. I’ve gotten a few small tomatoes, but many have rotted right on the vine. I miss my giant beefsteak tomatoes I used to grow.

If we were having coffee, I’d say it has been a busy summer but I like it that way. One of the first things I did was an overnight Pickity Place visit with Jennifer and Renae. That doesn’t quite sound right – what I mean is, we went to Pickity Place and then stayed overnight at Renae’s house for a “girls’ night in”. I have some beautiful photos from that Pickity visit on the other camera that I haven’t gotten to editing and posting yet, but I think they deserve another post. I do have this picture on my phone of the yummy blueberry sour cream coffee cake I made for our breakfast the next morning.
Blueberry sour cream coffee cake

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I did something a little unexpected this year. I made a last minute decision to drive to Cape Cod for 4th of July weekend. Anyone from Around Here might say, “what are you nuts?” Traffic to the Cape on any summer weekend is notoriously bad, as you have to travel over one of two bridges to get there and it is an extremely popular vacation destination in these parts. But a long holiday weekend stretched out before me, my daughters had their own plans and my husband was working, and my mother (who lives there as I think you know) had vacation time. So off I went. The beach was crowded but pleasantly warm and breezey and we enjoyed some time together just the two of us.
4th of July on the Cape

Mom and me

If we were having coffee, you might be surprised to hear that I ticked off a photography bucket list item. I see all of Mike’s gorgeous waterfall photography and have been wanting to give it a shot. I finally did. The girls and I took Teddy for a ride to find a small waterfall just a little west of here.
Exploration walk
It has been pretty dry all summer so the fall wasn’t flowing hard, but we went before the drought really set in to this area. Again I have more photos waiting for editing, but here is one from my phone:
Waterfall

If we were having coffee, you’d learn that I had only one visit to Maine this year and it felt a little odd to me. For the past few years my sister has very kindly invited me to join her family for a few days of her vacation to Peaks Island. I did join Jennifer for a few wonderfully sunny days…
Peaks beach

Sparkly ocean

…and beautiful sunsets.
Peaks sunset 1

Peaks sunset 2

The reason it felt odd to me was that normally, I’d be headed back to Maine a few weeks later for my own family vacation on Hills Beach. Last year, however, the cottage we have been renting there for several years was sold to a new owner. The new owners wanted to use the place themselves rather than rent it out. Can’t say that I blame them for if it was mine, I’d surely do the same, but that meant we had to find a new place to go. Unfortunately, as is the way of many private, quiet beaches in New England, small, affordably priced cottages directly on the beach are few and far between. Could we stay somewhere else not right on the beach for a reasonable price? Sure. But this is the way I’ve vacationed most of my life since I was a child and I admit being spoiled by having this ammenity for my vacation. It is our one big yearly indulgence. So I hunted around on VRBO (vacation rental by owner if you are not familiar with this website) and found a place in Truro, MA. Truro is on the outer part of Cape Cod, very close to the tip that is Provincetown, or as I like to call it “the end of the earth”.
North Truro beach view to Ptown

If we were having coffee, you may have guessed by now that yes there are lots of pictures from this vacation, both on my phone and on the other camera. With how I’ve gone on and on, I’m sure you’ll be fine with the fact that I will share those in another post. I took myself on several adventures on that trip.

Now I’m sure that I’ve completely talked your ear off by now – hopefully I gave you some time to get a word or two in edgewise – I’ve got to tell you one more thing. Back at the beginning of our visit, I said the days are coming quickly where I’ll have less time to blog. If you’ve been visiting with me regularly for the last few years, you’re thinking, oh that’s right, school will be beginning again very soon. And you’d be right. But this year, for the first time in 11 years, I will not be returning to the middle school that has been my place of employment as a paraprofessional. I’m sure you remember the times I’ve mentioned that I am a certified teacher and the things that I’ve done to try to make myself more employable. In a couple weeks I will begin my new adventure as a 7th grade math and science teacher at a small private parochial school. There will be pro’s and cons to this position, but I’m looking at it as a new chapter in my professional life. I was at a crossroads where a decision needed to be made – stay in the job I’ve been doing for the last 11 years knowing that my chance for promotion to classroom teacher may never come or step outside my comfort zone to a new place with new challenges.

New adventure in the horizon

I made the choice to make the change. It is exciting, daunting and anxiety-raising all rolled into one, but a big part of my journey to me!

Although I take my inspiration from Robin, this post’s originating idea comes from Part Time Monster #WeekendCoffeeShare

14 Comments »

  1. Nice blog! I, too, started in a parochial school. I was “the” math and science teacher for high school. It was an experience! And, if you need any help with science lesson plans I can give you a lot of good sites (The Biology Corner is one of my favorites). At this point in education I suspect being at a parochial school will allow you to have a lot more creativity than public school so you may actually have fun teaching! Good luck to you and I hope you can keep up your blog – always enjoy reading it.

    Comment by Cindy — August 14, 2016 @ 10:19 am | Reply

    • Thanks very much Cindy! I’ll take all the help I can get!

      Comment by Karma — August 14, 2016 @ 11:24 am | Reply

  2. You’ve had pretty nice summer but I must say I am partial to our 4 days together on Cape Cod! Lovely, lazy days.
    I’m looking forward to all of the pictures you will share from your camera of you other adventures.

    Comment by Trish Dinsmore — August 14, 2016 @ 11:05 am | Reply

    • I do hope I get to posting them. Time is running sadly short!

      Comment by Karma — August 14, 2016 @ 11:25 am | Reply

  3. It sounds like you’ve had a good summer so far, a great lead-in to a big change in your life. An exciting change for you! I gave up on planting a garden a few years ago – with our short growing season and surprise frosts any time of the year, it became more worry than I wanted. I’ve planted tomato plants in pots since then, but, like you, had minimal success, so I gave up on that too. Good luck with your new challenge!

    Comment by Carol — August 14, 2016 @ 11:08 am | Reply

    • Thanks Carol. A challenge indeed – hope I’m ready for it!

      Comment by Karma — August 14, 2016 @ 11:26 am | Reply

      • You’ll do great!

        Comment by Carol — August 14, 2016 @ 12:41 pm

  4. Thank you for the mention and links. It’s good to see you blogging again.๐Ÿ™‚

    Your summer sounds great. I’m looking forward to seeing the pictures from your “big girl camera.” Congratulations on the new job, and I hope it all works out wonderfully well for you.

    Comment by Robin — August 14, 2016 @ 11:29 am | Reply

    • Thank you Robin. I have big hopes for both the job and the blog posts!

      Comment by Karma — August 14, 2016 @ 11:44 am | Reply

  5. I have missed your blog posts! Good to see you picking up the pen? No, grabbing the keyboard? Whatever! Writing a blog, yeah, that works. Thanks for the mention! Based on your phone pics I can’t wait to see the follow-up posts… you did say you would! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Congrats on the new job. As Dawn’s blog would say… change is hard, but change is good too!

    Comment by Mike — August 14, 2016 @ 11:54 am | Reply

    • Yes change is hard…..but it’s also often wonderful! I’m so excited for Karen!

      Comment by dawnkinster — August 14, 2016 @ 1:26 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Mike! I promise to try to do some photo blogging this week. This upcoming week will be my last full week off from school as this new school has 3 required work days in the week before school actually begins, so I’m hoping to do a waterfall post, a Pickity Place post, and a couple Cape Cod posts – plus fit in as much end of summer relaxing as I can!

      Comment by Karma — August 14, 2016 @ 3:14 pm | Reply

  6. Wow! What a great post, and a great summer! And mother/daughter time is pretty special too. Love the foot photo..with the upper foot doing the photo-bomb. And I’m so excited about your new job. I think it’s always good when you can push yourself beyond your comfort zone. You’re going to be an awesome teacher! I hope you still have time to blog, but I’m thinking time will be tight once you start assigning homework to your kids and the resulting homework for you! I hope we get to see the photos from the big camera sometime!

    Comment by dawnkinster — August 14, 2016 @ 1:26 pm | Reply

    • Thanks so much for the vote of confidence Dawn! If you see my response to Mike up there, those are some photo posts I’m hoping to get to this week.

      Comment by Karma — August 14, 2016 @ 3:15 pm | Reply


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