Things I learned in July:
- I have become much more dependent on 24/7 internet access than I ever imagined. It was hard to get to sleep at night without my requisite time chatting with friends, catching up on journals and blogs etc. This kind of blind sided me.
- Gas has officially become expensive enough to have a major impact on our sad little budget. John is thinking about taking the train into Cambridge in the future and I am rethinking a few longish week end trips we had been considering.
- My kids are compulsive readers...just like their parents. Yippee!
- My insect phobia has really become quite ridiculous.
- The Brewster Flats remain one of my favorite places in the world. Walking out a mile or two at low tide, exploring the tidal pools and sitting down and reading with my feet in the water is basically perfection.
- A close second is floating in our inflatable boat on Upper Mill Pond and dozing.
- My kids, if I remember to not intervene, will work out their differences themselves. It's the not intervening when things get a little loud part that I keep forgetting.
- Blue hydrangea on the table are just the prettiest things ever.
- Once again I brought several knitting projects and return home with none finished, although 3 are nearly so (a baby jacket, tank and socks).
- Spinning on the deck, looking out into the woods is pretty darn spiffy.
Today I did a huge shopping and picked up produce at our local farm stand. it's pouring now with thunder and such so rather than the grill we're making the planned beer-can chicken in the oven and the fresh corn on the stove top. Em and I took in a matinee of Mamma Mia and loved it and Noah finally got one of the new Bionicles that just came out with some money he'd been saving. The plans for the next few days are cleaning, laundry and some rest (I've managed to do something awful to my neck and shoulder), with the requisite reading (Eva Ibbotson's The Star of Kazan) and knitting...oh and Bananagrams, our new favorite game!!!!