Sultry Summer

It’s been a wonderful week here in northern Virginia, despite the oppressive humidity. My walks are starting earlier each day as I try to avoid the heat, but this morning I discovered an added bonus — a wild blackberry bush! I figured I’d better pick some before the birds discovered them. And wow, they tasted really good mixed in with blueberries and raspberries on my breakfast cereal! 😊

Since Independence Day fell on Thursday this year, it seemed more like a Saturday. We drove out to visit Mom at her nursing home, and my brother met us there with Chick-fil-A — Mom’s favorite treat! It was a special belated birthday celebration and we enjoyed spending some time together.

Just a quick update on the garden front . . .

Our tomatoes were rapidly disappearing from the vine, and all my zucchini as well! Some were completely devoured (mainly the cherry tomatoes) and some had big chunks missing. My hubby borrowed a “have-a-heart” trap, hoping to catch the critter, but that same evening he spooked a large doe in the garden. She had somehow broken through the wire fence, and was so frightened that she crashed right through it again during her escape! We haven’t had any further issues, but we are on guard for any more unwelcome guests.

I’m going to take a couple weeks off from blogging as we head out of town for a well-deserved vacation. Our road trip will take us to the Carolinas and Tennessee, where we will visit friends and family. We are eagerly anticipating this break since we haven’t had any time away since last fall.

Hopefully we will still have a garden when we return. 😉

I’ll look forward to sharing stories and photos from our trip in a few weeks. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy some summer fun too!

 

 

Finding Balance

My husband commented yesterday about how the weekends seem to fly by, but the work week always drags on forever. I suspect this feeling becomes more pronounced as one nears retirement.

Our weekends have been full of yard and garden work, and major home renovations. Some pesky deer are devouring our flowers and vegetable plants right down to the ground, and Neil is trying to create a barrier to keep them out. He removed the wire fence from our yard’s perimeter, and is going to attach it directly to the garden frames.

Reno Update

Most nights have been spent working on our flooring project. I realized today that I haven’t given an update on that project since March. Just to recap, we decided to replace our dingy 21-year old carpet with engineered hardwood. We have nearly completed the hallway, plus two bedrooms. There are still three rooms to go. Here’s a quick view of our progress. Not bad for a DIY project!

Soaring to New Heights

And what is life without a little relaxation? Yesterday we drove out to Front Royal, VA so that Neil could finally redeem his glider ride gift certificate, received two birthdays ago! Between our busy schedules and the rainy weekend weather, the timing never seemed right. But yesterday everything came together!

It was a beautiful day for soaring and Neil had a great time. Joe, his pilot, caught some decent thermals along the Blue Ridge, and their ride lasted a full 51 minutes! The only down side was the heat, and there is no AC in the glider. Still, it was an enjoyable ride, and after his flight we took some time to explore the area.

We drove up along the ridge overlooking the Shenandoah River and took a couple photos.

We can all agree that life is more enjoyable when we strike a healthy balance of work and leisure. Finding that balance can be challenging though, and some  days feel lopsided with the extra weight of work and family responsibilities.

It’s important to take the time that is needed to refresh and recharge to create that important balance. Sometimes just stepping away for a few hours can make a huge difference.

God has provided us with an amazing world to explore. Get outside and be a part of it!