Our weather is about to change. A few showery days are predicted starting tomorrow. We do need the rain, but I hope it is only a few days and we are back to the spectacular weather us Oregonians have been enjoying. Monday, after dropping Toby off for grooming and visiting with my sister Kathy; Mom, Kris, Toby and I were able to go to Portland to visit my Uncle Marcel. He is doing so good.
Yesterday, I took lunch to Kathy and went to Costco. It was during lunch time. Last time I ever do that again. I do not like shopping and I do not like crowds. So shopping in crowds makes for a very unhappy Konnie. I ate a light lunch when I got back and had “issues” all afternoon. But I was able to make it to my sister Karen’s Mary Kay party.
Back to the weather. I love summer. I am not a fan of weather over 87 degrees, but most of Oregon days are somewhere between 75 and 85. Perfect. Last summer was my two kids weddings. Kane’s was in June, Bailey’s in August. For Bailey’s wedding, pretty much all my time that I did not have “issues” was taken up with planning, shopping, etc. Because we wanted a nice wedding but with limited funds, it became a full-time job. For great hostesses, this would not have been the case, but neither Bailey nor I have any natural talent for such things, so it was a chore. So last summer, pretty much everything I associate with summer that I enjoy, did not happen….much. Camping only happened a handful of times. We have a lovely pool and I never went swimming.
I did not garden last year. Although we went light on vegetable and ornamental flowers, it feels good to have things planted and an excuse to go out early in the morning to water. I need to get out there when I am done here to fertilize before the rain comes tomorrow. Something else I did not do last summer that I really enjoy. Ride my scooter. Because I had to be out with the car to run to Salem several times a week for wedding stuff, I always did my local errands on my way home. During the summer, unless I am getting a sack of dog food or some other big item, I ride my scooter.
In fact, this morning I have already rode it to the store and post office. Saves on gas and it is just plain fun. Another summer activity I love is summer cooking. Oh I cooked last summer, but I just did quick, not creative food. I love trying new recipes during the summer. Anything with basil, tomatoes, cheese, zucchini, cucumbers, grilling, etc….. I am all in. So I am back to looking at my summer cookbooks and watching an occasional cooking show.
Now don’t get me wrong. I would not trade last summer for the world. The memory of the weddings, all the showers, the shopping trips with Bailey, (we always managed to fit in lunch out), is a once in a life time summer. A beautiful memory. But this morning as I was riding my scooter, I had that moment of just AHHHHHH……..Now I remember why I love summers. So Happy Summer to you all.
The pool is filling. LL started filling it Saturday and it should be full sometime today. It usually takes a week or so with solar blanket on, to warm it up enough to swim. I always wonder who will be the first every year to jump in. I think I have been that person only once. This year, I did not have long to wonder. My nephews Gaij and Sam stopped by. They disappeared while we were visiting with their dad, Josh. When I went out to see what they were doing, this is what I found.
Yesterday was a bust for me. It was such a beautiful day and I could name a half-dozen things I wish I could have done. Almost every evening last week, I have had major “issues.” To the point of missing my nephews grade school graduation. 😦 So Saturday evening, I decided not to eat dinner. Bailey made some home-made pizza roll ups. I did taste but skipped the meal. And it helped. I did not have a problem all night. But as soon as I got up Sunday, I had nothing but trouble. It was horrible. I am glad we have left-overs for tonight so I don’t have to cook. Because it is basic water and white rice for me today and maybe tomorrow.
Today, I need to get outside and take care of chickens and watering. Then go pick up Toby at mom’s to take him to his appointment to be groomed. Then I hope to go to Salem to visit my sister Kathy. After that, not sure what is happening. I haven’t seen my Uncle Marcel for quite a while and would like to go to Portland for a visit. If not today, sometime this week. So, here is hoping, praying, and planning on a better week.