It's been an amazing summer so far. And now that the peaches are ripe, it's only going to get better:) August approaches, the kids are back from camp after a spectacular week in the great outdoors, and we're off to the cottage for the long August weekend where I plan to do nothing but swim and kayak and eat and drink. I might even leave my laptop behind. Might.
I've had a poem accepted for publication. I have a full course load planned for September and I've very excited to get back to work (yes, I love my job). I also have a new book I am editing and a bunch more lined up to acquire. As far as productivity goes, it's been a fantastic few weeks.
It's been a summer of animals - goats, chinchilla's, Lucky the lamb (more a sheep now, and a bit of an arse too), kittens. And there is nothing like kittens to guarantee a good mood. They are absolutely darling and I just want to snuggle them in my jacket and keep them all forever. Not going to happen, but Gram is taking one, and we have friends and barns lined up for the others.
August has both the highland games and the fair which means it's a busy stay-close-to-home month. My brother is visiting from BC too, so it will be wonderful to see him and the family. They are dropping in here on their way from Toronto (where they are staying with my dad) to Quebec (where they are visiting for a week), and I'm looking forward to that. And at the end of the month I have the house to myself as I pack everyone off on a scout canoe trip for a weekend...a breather before the routines of September kick in.
The harvest is early and there is an abundance of fresh produce. Baby potatoes. Ontario sweet corn. Sun-ripened tomatoes. And those fresh juicy peaches...I am making peach pies this week if I can keep the kids' hands off them long enough to turn the peaches into pies. Mmmm.
Book club, swimming, camping, old friends, new friends...
All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds.