This has been a very interesting summer as it winds down.
Summer is a time for us for family, gardening, organizing and relaxation.
We started off the summer with the passing of one of our dogs, Brady, followed the next week by the birth of our 5th grandchild, Addison.
As it has been for many years we spend many, many, many hours in our garden, hand watering alone takes 30 – 45 minutes a day, weeding, cleaning and altering. Large plants get transplanted (this year it was moving a hydrangea in full bloom and a rose bush in full bloom – the trick being to keep them blooming – we were successful with a lot of sweat and help from the kids) and we brought in just over a ton of rock to finish off a couple of different areas of the garden, as well as 2 yards of soil and a 1/2 yard of bark mulch.
In between the gardening we spent many, many wonderful hours and days with our grand-children. Time over here, time over at their places, days, evenings, visiting, baby sitting, days at the beach, just a lovely time was had by all.
This has also been a summer of mental preparation as I prepare to enter my last full year as a classroom teacher. Sometime over the next 10 months I will begin the transition into retirement (most likely either December or June), giving up my full time position and picking up some substitute work.
As always during the summer I have enjoyed an almost politics free summer break, although that is about to come to an end.