Notes from the Missing
I hadn’t realized how long it’s been since I put up a new post on my blog other than fiction pieces. When I sat back and reviewed the month of June, I understood why.
So here, not necessarily in order, are the things that were occupying me this past month.
• Ran a 5K race (with my husband) as part of Rhode Island’s Gaspee Days celebration. Considering how out of shape I am and that I’ve never been a fast runner, I was satisfied with my time of 37:34. At least I didn’t stop and walk.
• Tried to start regular running again.
• Met a friend for lunch.
• Lectored for the first time since returning to our old church.
• Went on the Providence Preservation Society tour of houses on the East Side and of the historical cemetery in our neighborhood.
• Visited my father-in-law in Georgia for Father’s Day weekend. Stayed with my sister-in-law and her family. Saw our four nieces. Went to a AAA Gwinnett Braves baseball game. Took Dad out to breakfast and dinner for Father’s Day.
At baseball game
• Got caught in a thunderstorm while jogging.
• With a friend, visited another friend before she had knee surgery.
• Crocheted a prayer shawl for the friend before her surgery.
• Bought a new dishwasher and had it installed.
• Met with a kitchen remodeler about having a new floor and countertop installed and looked at floor tiles.
• Had new front doors installed.
• Made up and sent out invitations for my mother’s 100th birthday party in August.
• Finished the huge biography of van Gogh I’ve been reading.
• Celebrated the first day of summer by taking our dog to a neighborhood pizza place and sitting at an outdoor table.
• Made it through three very hot days (mid-90s) and still managed to get some work done.
• Finally started the garden and planted our window boxes.
• Went to a lecture on history of public houses (taverns) in Rhode Island at the Providence library.
• Saw a concert by Manhattan Transfer.
• Attended a church prayer shawl ministry meeting.
• Visited my mother twice a week.
• Worked (why is this at the bottom of the list?)
Those are the tea leaves that went into my June teapot. When July and August are over, and I’m depressed about the end of the summer, I hope to look back over these things, smile at the memories, and enjoy a satisfying pot of summer tea.
How has your summer been so far?