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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Summer's End Ramblings


Just about three weeks left.


I leave Monday for two more weeks in Utah, then will be home for one day before I have to be back for staff development and the beginning of another year. Even though my job reached the level of "grind" about five years ago, I still get a little reminiscent thrill of seeing the back-to-school supplies in the stores. I'm grateful that I can still remember fondly the days when, as a kid, I couldn't wait for boring summer to be over so I could go back to school. I know a lot of folks can't say that.

I didn't get nearly what I wanted done, done, this summer. The organizing of my room project is still half (not even) done. There are still untouched weeds in the front beds (and the side yard and the backyard). There are six ponypacks of dead annuals still sitting on the plant shelf in the front courtyard and a dozen living plants that should go in the ground. There are piles of partially completed projects in the family room. Kitchen. Hallway. Spare room.

Whether it gets done or not matters only to me. What matters more to me is whether I feel like I've had a break this summer, and I really have. Which brings me to the ramblings.

From time to time I just have to stop here and thank everyone who takes the time to blog. You have so enriched my life! It takes time to read through my list of friends (some daily, some not quite so often but I check in on all of you at least a couple of times a week). Time my own little Jiminy Cricket whispers that I should be cleaning or weeding or sorting or whatever. But I'm more compelled to spend time with all of you. You inspire me, comfort me, encourage me. You make me cry. You make me laugh.

Thank you.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Deb,
I'm just dropping by to say hi & reconnect now that I've got a computer again!!!
I hope life has been treating you well and glad you surrived the quake in good shape :)

Pooh Hugs,
Linda

Chiloe said...

Can I go with you to Utah? Pleassssssssssssssssse. I swear I'll be good: no whining, no are we there yet? lol I need a break too :-D

Have fun there !!!

I always got excited by school supplies too :-D the smell, the promises of new start, etc ... my kids are not so much into it (I still have hopes with Steb !!! lol )

Kathryn said...

We have only read one John McPhee book, Uncommon Carriers, and while the subject matter was interesting, it was some of the worst writing that either of us has read in some time. This was part of my review on LibraryThing: "Is this the New Yorker effect? Throw the readers into the middle of a situation, ramble about for a bit, then stop; stop without any conclusion or wrap up. If these essays were submitted to an SAT test, they would not even pass. Yes, you will meet some fascinating characters with some very fascinating jobs, but in the end it is all most forgettable. That is unfortunate because these people deserve a better scribe."

Stitcher S said...

Wow, what nice words! You inspire me, too. I love visiting your blog and so many others as well.

I too teach so I know what you mean about the 'grind' aspect. It does feel that way at times, that's for sure.

Enjoy your week.

Megan said...

What DID we do before blogs? LOL I don't remember!

Have wonderful trip!

KCQuilter said...

Wow! I love that crayon sculpture! So gorgeous. As a retired teacher, I know the drill--a little angst as to what the new school year will bring, a little excitement in the anticipation, a lot of longing that the summer vacation could last just a little longer... Enjoy--but don't work TOO hard LOL!!!

KCQuilter said...

Wow! I love that crayon sculpture! So gorgeous. As a retired teacher, I know the drill--a little angst as to what the new school year will bring, a little excitement in the anticipation, a lot of longing that the summer vacation could last just a little longer... Enjoy--but don't work TOO hard LOL!!!