Okay, my time is my own in the summer so why do I always feel “a day late and a dollar short” as my mother was fond of saying. I suppose it is partly due to the heat. Now that we are above 95 degrees each morning I find myself out in the yard earlier and earlier to feed, weed, water, and harvest. Then there is cleaning and laundry to be done. Summer projects like closet and cabinet cleaning. Research and work on my next book. Photo editing. Some days there are errands to be handled and bills to pay and shopping… By early afternoon I’m ready to sit in front of the fan and read a book! Of course I begin by reading, but inevitably fall asleep for at least thirty minutes. After I’ve napped I’m ready for a few more hours of research and writing. Then there is dinner to prepare and more evening chores inside and out. No wonder I sleep so well! Lol Of course those of you with children at home for the summer have my prayers and appreciation because I know you are doing twice as much as I am, staying up hours later, and putting up with constant demands.
Yesterday was a typical day, with a few exceptions. I went to the cemetery bright and early so I could take some headstone photos to add to Find A Grave. Unfortunately, it was so windy I gave up after about twenty photos. Now, you may be thinking that headstones don’t move in the wind, or at least you hope they don’t. However, I was having trouble holding the camera steady AND keeping my hair out of my eyes and mouth! Crazy!
I glanced out the window as I was preparing lunch and noticed one of the cows by herself under a tree near the pond. The others were all at the opposite end of the pasture, but I didn’t think too much about it. Later, when I was doing the dishes I looked out again and there was a sweet little calf next to her and she was carefully licking its face. I looked for it several times throughout the day to make sure it was alive and well, and this morning I took a few pictures of it.
More babies last night! We routinely have two or three raccoons that eat at the end of the garden each night. I leave them dog food and vegetable peelings and stale bread. Last night one of them brought two tiny babies with her! Unfortunately it was quite late and dark. Perhaps she will come earlier tonight and I can manage a photo.
I’m working on several photo projects, but I have come to the conclusion that as long as I take an average of 75 photos per day I will never be finished. It’s an addiction and I have more ideas than time.
As we move into the last week of June, please remember to be careful. Our local news has lately been filled with reports of drownings, boat accidents, and fires. With the holiday coming up it is especially important to be safe, not sorry.
Try to have at least one lazy day this week!