Where in the world did summer go?? On this Labor Day weekend, that is what I have been asking myself. Have you been wondering the same thing too? With my father-in-law’s illnesses and our traveling when we could fit it in, it has been one crazy summer here for us. So crazy, in fact, finding a schedule for blogging has been extremely hard for me to do. So let’s take a minute just to catch up, and perhaps look ahead a bit, and maybe fall will bring a more “normal’ schedule. (Do retired people actually have a “normal” schedule? 🙂 )
I want to back up all the way to Memorial Day weekend since that seems to mark the beginning of summer. That weekend, I was telling you about a beachfront cottage where we stayed in Fernandina Beach, Florida.
We visited an old favorite restaurant and a couple of new ones, plus several cute shops while on that trip, but at that point in the blog I never got around to sharing them with you, so those will be coming up in the next post here.
Don’t you think the town there looks especially pretty at night?
Another reason, I want to back up all the way to Memorial Day weekend is because that was when the blog life and real life went in two different directions. I spent all of June and July sharing our Pacific Northwest trip with you here on the blog – a trip we had made in the spring. So what went on here in real life in June and July?
Well…first, I found a lot on a lake that I have been wanting to buy…a teeny tiny lot. I have been saying for a couple of years downsizing would be a smart decision, and downsizing to a waterfront property would be a brilliant decision. Don’t you agree? 🙂 We have driven past that teeny tiny lot probably 30 or more times over the summer. We have canoed around the lake and up to its dock. I spent weeks in June looking at house plans and measuring furniture here and trying out furniture arrangements on graph paper to make sure it would fit. Here is the main plan that I have really worked with and think it fits all the requirements with a little bit of re-configuring and space added to it. (The lot slopes, and the basement would be my husband’s workshop.)
Last week, I worked through this one thinking that the simpler roof lines and angles might be less expensive to build. (I think I still like the plan above better though.)
But…my husband is still not totally sold on the idea. The lot is small- like really small, (which I think is a good thing. Less upkeep – more time for fun, right?) and there is this one other – kinda major – issue. A teeny tiny (900 sq. ft.) house is on the lot – a house that would have to be removed. So we are still thinking…and dreaming. And the exterior of our current home has a lot of work needed to be done to it before we could even entertain the idea of putting it on the market. Regardless, I want you to see the changes I would make in the plan (the first one up there) and some photos of rooms that are inspiring me as I think about the possibility of building again. (At this point – the remote possibility.) That will also be in an upcoming post.
So there was all of that in June, and all of that had me thinking seriously about downsizing and getting rid of tons of things here. And you know what getting rid of things means? Yep. Yard sale. I have been seriously (and ruthlessly!) cleaning out everything and deciding what we can part with, and hopefully the weather will be below 95 degrees sometime this fall and we can have another yard sale. Meanwhile, this is what the boys’ bedroom looks like here. (The area under their desk is also full of tagged and priced things…and I still have the attic to go. 🙁 )
But house planning and cleaning out wasn’t all I did over the summer. Our daughter worked as a camp counselor in Oklahoma for a mission organization this summer, so we traveled to visit her in early July. I’ll have a post on that trip for you in the coming weeks.
On our way back home from Oklahoma, we stopped to tour this beautiful home:
Do you recognize it? It is this year’s Southern Living Idea House located in Birmingham, Alabama. Of course, I want you to see all the photos I took while visiting it. 🙂 So be sure to check back for that soon. We also toured the lovely neighborhood in which it is located. A post on that will be coming too.
Meanwhile back home, I managed to finish the sewing and hanging of new drapes for the master bedroom, and I organized a couple of closets and drawers. Future posts for sure! 🙂
My birthday came in early August, (thank you for the b-day wishes Julia!) and our daughter returned home for a few weeks. We began a tour of some cities in North and South Carolina with her early that month, and all of them will be featured in upcoming posts.
There was Asheville…
and finally Hilton Head Island
(or at least a certain Disney resort there. 🙂 )
Our daughter leaves tomorrow for a 4 month job in Orlando with Disney as a character performer. She will be applying for another job with them in January, but she does not know for sure if she will get one. (Fingers crossed!) So our trip through parts of the Carolina’s was to look for places she might work starting next year if the Disney job doesn’t come through. We had a small lunch with my parents today so that they could tell her good bye. (She won’t be home for any of the holidays in November or December. 🙁 )
And now we are finally all caught up! Before I close out this post, I must say a few things about the last one. Thank you all so very much for your kind words of condolence and all your prayers for our family in our loss of my husband’s wonderful father. You are all simply hands down the best, and I appreciate each and every one of you for your beautifully caring heart. I will be printing out the post and each of the comments for my mother in law to keep.
I also want to add my words of sympathy to the following sweet readers – Jackie in the loss of her twin sister, Kelly Shratter in the loss of her mother in late August, Becky – whose father has gone on from this world, Dana – whose mother passed away, Kaye Ann – who lost her 38 year old daughter, and Shawn – who, like me, also lost a 90 year old father in law. My thoughts and prayers for your comfort and peace go out to each of you.
Now on to happier things. 🙂
Time to look ahead. I hope this Labor Day weekend finds you safe from stormy weather and spending time relaxing. Savor the last little bit of the summer season before we jump into the time of pumpkin everything and cooler temps.
Until next time…
p.s. The newest version of WordPress does not like a number of blogger’s emails – mine included. 🙁 They have not sent out an update with a fix, so until they do, I will not be receiving an email update when comments are posted on the blog. That means that I will not be replying to your comments in email form….only on the blog here. So if you leave a comment, I’m afraid you will have to check back here on the blog for your reply. I apologize and hope they send a fix soon.