1. As of this morning, there are 31 days left until school. That would be precisely 35 days too much. They are ready to go back and get out of each other’s way–familiarity breeds contempt, especially in summer!
2. We’ll be painting the baseboard this weekend. Once it’s installed we can bring up the washer and dryer from the basement. I’m SLIGHTLY excited about the idea of not going down to the basement for laundry. It’s the little things that make life easier. And less forgotten. Basement laundry is forgotten laundry. Frequently.
3. I’m just started a new series of books by Mercedes Lackey. The first one is about a girl becoming a Fairy Godmother. So far it seems pretty good. Ms. Lackey is all over the place with her books–although most fall in the “fantasy” category. The first series by her that I read was about Herald Mages, and the main character was gay. That was a first for me, I think. Now we’re in a world about fairy tales. As long as it makes the summer go faster, I’m good with it!
4. Two and 1/2 weeks until Hershey. At this point I’m not excited or happy or upset or anything. There’s a lot between now and then and I’ll have to get closer to feel something.
5. Shall I tell you how little we play cards in this house? VERY LITTLE. Jim wanted to play “go fish” with the kids with a regular deck of cards and I had to google the rules for him. Because neither of us remembered!
6. For all you Piers Anthony Xanth fans, one of our children has been let in on “The Adult Conspiracy”. One of the kids is starting down the puberty path (Oh. My. Goodness!) and I took her for a walk around the neighborhood to talk about the facts of life. It was, um, not what I expected. She was rather grossed out and freaked out. We used the God’s Design For Sex 2nd book for the procreation part of it. I highly recommend them–they are well written and it definitely helps to have the words instead of having to come up with them yourself!
7. For the first time in awhile we have the air off and the windows open. This has been a BRUTAL summer here in Pennsylvania. Between the weather and the construction, our energy bill is one of the highest I’ve seen since living here. UGH! Fall come quickly!