So my good friend Debby just alerted me to the fact that it’s been awhile since I posted. I didn’t realize it has been almost a month since my last post – wow, time sure flies when you’re dealing with summer camps and backed-up septic systems!

We got new carpet installed in our house a couple of weeks ago and only 4 days later our septic system backed up while my daughter was taking a shower in her bathroom, except that all her shower water drained up and out of MY shower and all over my bathroom floor and onto about 6 feet of my BRAND NEW CARPET. Oh, I was just sick about it. We had to have the new carpet, the baseboards, and about 4 inches of sheetrock torn out and a huge dehumidifier moved in temporarily to abate any mold issues that might have come up as a result. Insurance will pay for the damage (after we pay our deductible) and it will all get taken care of eventually, but it’s still just so…disappointing. That whole week was a horrible one and it really just took the wind out of my sails.


Over the last few months, I’ve been taking part in a free community fitness program sponsored by our county health department. I started out with the (slow) running group but about a month in, my knees just couldn’t take it anymore and I switched to a walking group. It made all the difference in the world for me! After running, I would typically come home, pop an ibuprofen, ice my knees, and sit for the rest of the evening. I don’t know why, but my body just does not enjoy running – at all. This was my last ditch effort to try to become a runner, but my body is just not having it. Walking is my jam. I can walk fast and hard and still feel like I’ve accomplished something at the end of the day without feeling like I’ve wrecked my joints. The spring fitness session just ended (I received a tech shirt and a medal!) and although they don’t have a mentored summer program, they do encourage everyone to stay active until the fall session begins, and they do this by asking everyone to log in at least 150 minutes of exercise per week for the next 9 weeks. If you turn in your completed log at the beginning of the fall session, you get a summer tech shirt for your effort. My intention is to do this and maybe I can finally make regular exercise a habit. Plus I’ll get another free tech shirt. Yay!


It’s already the middle of June and yet it hasn’t really seemed like summer much at all. It has rained and rained and rained some more, and we’ve really only had a handful of hot, sunny days so I’m just not feeling that summer vibe yet. I really long to sit on my back porch with a lemonade in one hand while flipping through a magazine with the other, or to take an early morning hike through the woods, or to sit by a pool and doze under a floppy hat and gallons of sunscreen. These are the things that define summer for me, and I have yet to do any of them. But I suppose there are still several weeks of summer left and there will be opportunities to soak up the rays and chase fireflies and swat mosquitos in the next two months.


I told Debby I should probably just try to write something, anything , every day just so I don’t end up neglecting my little blog, and because posting here is so good for me both mentally and emotionally. I mean, I love to write! So why don’t I make it a regular practice? Probably the same reason I don’t exercise every day – I have to be intentional about the things that make me feel good and if I don’t schedule it or make it a habit, it’s probably not going to happen. So my summer challenge to myself is to do more of the things that I love! Sounds like a plan. 🙂