As always, around this time of the year, I look up and wonder where the heck summer went. It has been incredibly hot here with not nearly enough rain and, in testament to that, we are now raising several hundred tad poles in our horses’ water trough! (I can’t for the life of me get a good picture of them but I will keep trying.) It turns out that this happening on dry years is not at all uncommon. They’ve been in there for about four weeks now and are just starting to grow little legs. This spring I had told Joe I wanted to add fish to our water tank to help keep it clean and mother nature took care of it for me! Those little tad poles are keeping all the algae down with vigor and eating any mosquito larva in there too!
We are still feeding our little raccoon who Joe has named “Roxy” she gets any of our scraps and brought her babies (kits) with her for dinner a couple of nights ago. Like any tired mama she climbed up on the table and sat where they couldn’t reach her for half an hour lol They are incredibly cute and I really hope they make it!
I can’t quite understand it but somehow everyone close to us (everyone but me that is) has summer birthdays when we are already so slammed and busy. So, on top of the birthdays, the summer MN events we want to attend and whatever else that somehow pops up, Joe and I looked at our calendar of the 12 weekends ahead and had something going on 9 of them. ugh. I love summer but I remain eternally frustrated that winters here have us all losing our minds out of boredom and summers here leave us so busy and exhausted we can barely enjoy the weather. I long for balance and I probably won’t ever find it… until I retire anyway lol
The biggest hardship is the fact that Joe and I still have our summer “to-do” list that we want to accomplish but when we finally get one weekend where he and I can play hookie the last thing we want to be doing is working! We had one cooler day this summer on a Sunday and that day I tackled moving all of the hay to the back of the barn that was leftover from last winter (to make room for the new hay) and Joe and I both tackled splitting up the big logs that have been sitting there since this spring. Officially we have half of what we need for this winter.
We’ve still managed to “play” a couple of times this summer – we went camping one night over the 4th of July. We went tubing down the river with a bunch of friends and then we decided we were going to be those odd locals, blow up our floaty tubes and go down to the lake, swim out and tie off to a bouey and just float. Well, we enjoyed ten minutes of sunshine until the wind picked up and then Joe and I proceeded to watch the black clouds start to come in. “It hasn’t rained here in a month, it will go by us like all the rest.”
We made it back to shore just in time before the storm unleashed! So much for floating together in the sun lol It was still a great experience and we needed the rain so badly that it was very welcome! Now we joke that whenever we want it to rain Joe and I just need to go to the lake for some sun. We still plan on doing it again this summer, just the two of us (something we find we need to work at) he and I both say “no” to things all summer long, carving out spaces of time for just us. We even went golfing together once alone this summer besides the Wednesday night golf group we try to join all summer long.
We also went to a concert a few weeks ago. A spur of the moment decision the night before when I found out that Shinedown, one of my very favorite bands, was playing only two hours drive! It ended up a late night but missing a little sleep for an experience that will last a life time is always so totally worth it. We have my mom’s bday this weekend, Joe’s bday next weekend, the next weekend I have a book event and then the next weekend after that we’re golfing in a tournament and then, finally so far as of right now, we get a weekend off before our anniversary weekend and then my aunt’s bday!
We haven’t decided yet what we’re going to be doing for our 2 year wedding anniversary and I’ll admit to wanting nothing more then sleeping in for two days and doing absolutely nothing lol I’m tempted to ask Joe if we could postpone celebrating our anniversary until this winter when we have nothing else to do! We were planning on camping one more night this summer though its not looking good for that at the moment… I was looking dreamily at a state park within a couple hours drive of us called Glendalough. Go check out the website guys, it looks like Heaven and all the camp sites are walk in so I’m thinking it would be all kinds of private and quiet because not everyone is willing to haul their gear two miles 😉
With a hard core weekend ahead of us with something going on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (I’m writing this on Thursday) I plan on going home tonight, immediately taking off my bra and putting on a pair stretchy pants, maybe puttering around the kitchen with a large glass of wine (or 3) make us a nice meal and then just SIT.
Hopefully you all have had the opportunity to enjoy this summer a little and not just work your tails off!