Summer: Bring it On!

The sound of rain coming through the open windows creates a steady background hum in my cozy office as I sit down with my computer to blog. Everything I need to do this evening is done – Whimsy’s fed, 100 words are written, supper’s long over, my room is clean, and peace has descended.

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Summer arrived today with an expanse of gray skies, humid heat, and the promise of long, busy days. Every time I think of everything I have to do during the next few months I want to raise an eyebrow at myself in the mirror and ask “Really, Lyds?” To be fair, back when I signed up for the half marathon I had no clue what 2018 would hold, but I can’t exactly claim ignorance when I decided to plant a garden. No, that sprang from sheer nostalgia, and possibly the overly glorified idea of eating fresh, wholesome green beans right from my own backyard. Today was the first time I weeded it, and I’m fairly sure that if I hadn’t taken the time to coat myself with mud while pulling grass out by the roots, then before long the yard would have taken over that little plot of ground.

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Deciding to re-write all of Echoes during the summer months was a plan decided upon after I failed to accomplish the rewrite during the spring. And before that, during the winter. Each season brings a new mile-marker, loudly proclaiming the joy of new beginnings and happily-ever-afters just waiting to be attained. At least I have a cork board full of plot points and chapter breakdowns, so really, I should be all set.

Next to my bed, I have a towel folded up on the floor with four ivy plants sitting on it. Plants that I bought on a whim while visiting a greenhouse, even though all the flowers I’ve been gifted with during the past few years have endured long, slow deaths. Who am I kidding? Thier deaths were actually quick and sure – brought on by a lack of water and total forgetfulness from me. (Which is rather horrifying considering they were even named. Maggie was a darling mum from my sister for my birthday and Nathan was a bright tulip from a different sister at Eather time.) But somehow I decided this was the year I was destined to succeed in the indoor plant growing business. Willie and Mr. T (aka the ivy plants) nearly died once already, and the thought of keeping them alive for who-knows-how-long is another one of those daunting, yet exciting tasks I have to look forward to.

Weddings, birthdays, trips, bridal showers, retreats, family, friends, work, VBS, church, grass, writing, books, blogs, vlogs, walking, running, weeding, healthy eating, my life is a kaleidoscope, ever turning, ever changing, ever beautiful.

I’ve finally decided that as much as I long for routine, for the next few months maybe the only routine I’ll have is simply no routine. This summer is not only busy, but it’s going to be jammed-full of memories. And you know what? I’m excited.

*Photos taken by Hosanna

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