Ah, summertime. As the spring came to a chilly end, everyone in the LH Household applauded the arrival of warm weather. For the first time ever we have planted a small garden in the backyard. Our green beans and tomatoes are doing quite nicely, but the jury (and the bunnies) are still out on our banana peppers and *sob* cucumbers. We also planted some flowers near the mailbox in the front yard thanks to some seeds sent to me by Julie. The flower plants are growing strong and tall, but no flowers as of yet. I’m hoping that they will eventually bloom so that I can take pictures and make a card to thank her in return (I know she’s not holding her breath).
The girls are also happy that it’s barefoot/sandal weather. Emma just had to have her picture taken this evening and Ally had to join in as well. Ally decided to get a bob and I think she looks just darling. It really fits her personality. Even Emma likes it, if only because now her hair is the longest.
Emma ~ Summer 2013
Allison ~ Summer 2013
The first part of summer has been a touch rough for us as well. Danny’s mother spent four nights in the hospital at the end of May due to pneumonia. Not that pneumonia is ever a trivial illness, but she just celebrated her 88th birthday, so we were very worried. To make matters worse, she hasn’t been able to sleep during her stay or really very well since due to the coughing and due to some constant pain in her lower back. I must say that I am very proud of my husband and the way he’s handling the situation. It is extra difficult for him as he’s an only child. For both of us the past three weeks have been a lesson in the cycle of life. It’s quite eye opening to have young children, full-time jobs, and sick elderly parents at the same time.
My grandpa used to say that getting old isn’t for sissies. I will be the first to admit that I feel like a pretty big wimp after the past three weeks. I remember as a little kid saying that I wanted to live to be 100. I now pray that the powers that be didn’t ever hear me say that. My plan over the summer is to write my 80-something year old self a letter reminding me of when I should voluntarily give up my car keys, when to move out of my house and into a smaller apartment, and when to know when I’m not able to care for myself anymore. Hopefully the me of the future will listen to the me of the present. Somehow I think it’s easier for a 40-something to make decisions for an 80-something than to actually follow through on them.
I have been getting a fair amount of reading in even though I’ve not been very present her on the blog. I’ve recently read both Z and Call Me Zelda and loved them both. Jenna Lamia narrated Looking For Me and Z and she is a new favorite of mine. I’ve been participating in a Twitter book club over the past few months and we’ve taken to calling ourselves the hashtags because we’ve been discussing the book using the titles as hashtags. This month we’re discussing The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls. Our first discussion was Tuesday, but the State of Texas exploded on me at work (don’t ask). I read Dreaming of the Blue Room for my IRL book club. It was a quick, interesting read and made for a good discussion. I also read Still Midnight for Jenn and Nicole’s Book Club. They also got me reading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell with a larger group on Twitter. I’m not as able to keep up with that, but I’m trying. On top of that it’s time to round up my July recommendations for Bloggers Recommend. Have you subscribed to that newsletter yet? Do it!
Next week I’ll be in Arlington taking a cram course for my PMP (Project Management Professional) certification. I am going to do my best to have all of my Audiobook Week posts written and scheduled before I leave because I have a feeling this class will wear me out. Between then and when I (God willing) pass the exam, I am not sure how visible I will be here. Wish me well. It’s been quite some time since I have studies for this kind of a test. It will be worth it, though, to be able to sign my name Literate Housewife PMP. Be that book pimp or project management guru, it’s all the same.
I hope your summer is off to a good start!