Life is better at Camp

I have finally made it to camp to relax with my family.

I managed to clean out the old classroom and shift want I might want into piles in the new classroom. At least I am no longer holding up anyone else from moving into that room. All those stacks can be weeded through later, after I have a chance to catch my breath.

So here I be, sipping tea in the afternoon with my sisters, watching the rain and wind lift off the lake. Peace and quiet before husbands, kids, granddaughters and dogs arrive. There are no deadlines and requirements. We share memories, plans, recipes and books. Ahhhh… breathe in deeply and relax.



Often I find the repetition of household chores to be depressing. I just finish washing all the clothes in the hamper, when it is suddenly filled up again. The dirty dishes are washed, when another glass shows up in the sink! So you can imagine my dismay when much of this weekend’s chores were undone.

Some of the work that had to be completed before opening our summer cottage had already been done before this Memorial Day long weekend and only a few chores remained. My sisters and I needed to wash out the cupboards and clean windows. We got an early start on Saturday, because as daughters of a milk man we always get up early, even on vacation.

It is always fun to do things with my sisters, even chores. We joke and laugh and tease each other.  Even squeegeeing windows clean can be fun. There were lots of dead bugs to vacuum up also, but before long the windows were shining. That would have been the time to go relax on the deck. However, it was too buggy. There were swarms of hungry, little flies everywhere. Usually at the lake we have a breeze that keeps these annoying pests away. This day did not have any breeze, so the bugs were all hanging around our clean windows and screens. We did try to spray away these pests, but a lot of it drifted back on the windows. The windows were beginning to look worst than when we started. The next morning when we examined the windows tons of little tiny bugs were laying between the panes of glass. We decided to surrender and leave this chore until next time and hope the bug population has gone down by then.

All I need to do!?

SOL 5/23

As bathing suit weather looms ahead, I realize that I’m not ready – not ready at all.

All I need to do is:

Exercise – religiously

Eat- Healthy

Chew- Slowly

Avoid- Extra Servings

Walk- Daily

Meditate- Stress away

Encourage- Mindfulness

Practice- Patience

Read- Of course

Write- Frequently

Appreciate- Good Health

Enjoy- Family & Vacation


SOL -5/16/17

Six words to say it all! I can’t pick which one to use.


School ending-    Still lots to do!

Sleep deprived. . .      Night worries always looming.

“What ifs” overshadow all my plans.

If only, filling in the blanks.

Summer, a student and teacher refresher!

May 9, 2017 – SOL

Two word sentences!

Teachers try.

Parents worry.

Students fidget.

Books stimulate.

Nature inspires.

Foods nourish.

Graduate dreams.

Granddaughter waits.

Writing explains.

Morning Coffee

Waiting. . .

Impatiently. . .

Slowly breathing,

Stretching. . .

Yawning. . .

Drip . . . Drip . . . Drip . . .

A brown trickle swirling

Aromatic fumes filling the kitchen,

Will this cup never fill?

coffee mug


A– Always think before you talk.

B– Believe in yourself

C- Choose kindness

D- Don’t wish your life away

E-  Every day is a new beginning

F- Family is number one

G- Give compliments

H- Hope

J- Jealousy isn’t needed

K- Keep writing

L- Lemons can be turned into lemonade

M- Mother love is the best

N- Never say never

O- Opportunities are everywhere, be ready for them

P- People need people

Q- Quiet time for reflection

R- Repair any wrongs

S- Stretch and stay fit

T- Take the time to smell the roses

U- Under no circumstances, jump to conclusions

V- Value good health

W- Welcome change

X- eXtra helpings of patience needed

Y- You must advocate for yourself

Z- Zero in on goals