“If it could only be like this always – always summer, always alone, the fruit always ripe and Aloysius in a good temper…” ―Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited
When one is retired from working as an employee, you would think that the seasons, including summer, would all blend together. I have found that while my time is more flexible, it is not entirely disconnected from the rhythm of the of the seasons
We are not big vacation takers, but prefer to do mini-trips. Some of this has to do with the amount of travel I did with my work before retiring. It was great. But even then, we road warriors reluctantly tolerated the non-frequent flyers at the airports headed off for their summer adventure.
In addition, since I flew, literally, around the world for my vocation, a hop in the car for a couple of nights at a quiet Kansas B &B is so much less complicated. I have been blessed to see a lot of places, and although there are places I would still like to visit, a good book, my journal and quiet are my version of vacation for the moment.
I have one trip planned for August. To return to Mission Aviation Fellowship in Idaho. I get to volunteer at MAF headquarters for a few days. This is a desire I have had in my heart for many years. It happens to coincide with an extended family picnic on my mother’s side of the family. This trip touches several of the stones in my bridge.
Other than that, we are hitting the house renovation hard, another stone: foundations. Several projects are gaining traction with some summer help. Hallelujah!
What are your plans for the summer? Please share how you enjoy this season of the year in the comments below.