Summer Hiatus

Apparently I’m going to take a break from the blog for about a month.  It wasn’t intentional, but it must have been necessary.  It’s not that I haven’t been writing – I’ve started numerous essays and written down a plethora of topics I’d like to explore.  In some cases, I’ve even done all the research and documented my sources.

What’s been lacking is the time to think, to take a thought or idea and flesh it out, unpack it, make some sense of it and draw a well curated conclusion.  It’s quite possible this isn’t going to change any time soon.  It’s perplexing that the more I try to live simply, the more complicated things become.

What have I been doing for the last thirty odd days?  First I took a trip to Michigan to work in our Grand Rapids office and to take a little time off.  My birthday is in June and I do my best to take that week off to celebrate, usually culminating on the 4th of July. 

This summer I spent my vacation on the family farmstead. My room there is exquisite, soft sunlight at dawn and facing a brilliant sunset in the evening. The day would start with lying in bed reading, or taking my turn to run and let the chickens out.  Next on the agenda was breakfast, refrigerator oatmeal with freshly picked raspberries. 

Oatmeal for Breakfast

After that I got down to business.  There was a lot of cleanup to do – lots of debris left from a previous owner, surprisingly, an entire dumpster full. 

Dumpster 2

Dumpster 1

Yes, that is a hot tub, which was quite an adventure pushing and pulling it across the backyard, angering the bees that had taken up residence there over the summer.  Yep, one of them got me.

Bee Sting

Filling the dumpster was hard, but really nothing compared to the millions of thistles that had taken hold. Despite my best efforts, there were still about one million left to remove when my vacation ended.

Thistle Pile

There was time for fun, too, like watching my oldest grandson turn six and perform in an opera, lots of pushing the middle two grandkids on the swings, and a chance to get to know my newest granddaughter better. 

Zephy 6-2016

Selah and Ephraim 6-2016

Adah 7-2016

There was also time to visit with my parents and celebrate their sixtieth wedding anniversary.  What a milestone! Good times, definitely good times.

With any luck, this will be the last long hiatus from the blog, but no vows or promises. Like the Yiddish say, “Man plans and God laughs.”