We were away from home a lot this summer. West Virginia was home for a month. I spent all of August at my favorite place on earth; a farmhouse on the top of Allegheny Mountain. Friends came to visit. Family came to visit. We crafted. We spent nights outside watching major meteor showers. I saw the Northern Lights!!! I sang to cows. I missed friends while I was there, but never missed a day of living in the suburbs.
The week after we came home, we hosted family as my uncle was to be buried at Arlington Cemetery. As always, it was a sad day but visiting with family felt warm and fuzzy and comfy.
Days later, Mark and I headed down to Florida. Friends rented a house on the water for a month and invited us to spend a week. We did a bit of paddling, including sharing a paddle with an alligator. Trying to maneuver myself onto a sit-on-top kayak from a dock, as a gator was watching nearby, really freaked me out. It turned out to be a four foot gator who could not have cared less about us, but it was very exciting.
From Florida, I drove to Charlotte, NC to spend a week with my daughter. She flew east from L.A. for training related to her job. As she did work things, I spent my days in the pool, thrift shopping, and working on my TeachersPayTeachers shop. Few people can make me giggle as much as my daughter does. We slept a lot and giggled a lot. Luckily, we left town a day or two before the riots started.
Now that I am home, I am carving like a mad woman; as non-stop as possible.