As summer arrives for a teacher it's time to "catch up" on things I've let go during the school year. I've taught for 30 years now and my schedule still keeps me busy and running with things revolving around school during the year that it's "a breath of fresh air" to finally reach summer vacation.
Deb weeded, I planted. Deb helped Dad pick up sticks and clear away a fallen tree in the grove, organized tools, searched in the attic... I drove everyone around, worked on Mom's computer, planted a garden for them,... We planned on a small one and I don't know how, but it got larger than any of us imagined! The area where the old chicken house once was is now a garden in full view with tomatoes, cucumbers, beats, squash, onions, pumpkins and watermelons awaiting sun and rain.
I also made some hanging vases for Mom to use as table favors, for a lunch she will have for friends, using copper wire, beads and antique bottles. Of course there were extras to give away that week. There were errands to run, people to visit, meals to make and things to look through.
Back in Denver, I busily prepared for friends that shingled my house and the start of "spring" cleaning that had been put off way too long.
This past week it's been time for some art "therapy". Friends Mike and Janine were in mind when I started a painting of a beach/lake scene on canvas. This was a joy to paint again, not for a class project but with someone else in mind. I posted daily updates on facebook for friends to critique and now it is finished and ready to deliver to Clear Lake on my way back to the farm in a week.
Time goes by so fast during summer vacation. I've packed in a lot during the past three weeks. I hope the rest of the summer is as productive and relaxing.