All good things must end …

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, 20110604_5626.jpgfollowed the next week by the birth of our 5th grandchild, Addison.IMG_0956.jpg

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.

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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.7b24ddd8-d24b-479f-83e4-548d6904d1c6.jpg

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.

Author: Michael Ewen

Husband, Parent, Grandparent, Dog Owner, Public School Teacher, Public School Trustee

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