This summer has been a race against time and a battle with Mother Nature. We are trying to complete some projects around the house, maintain a garden and keep a dog happy – nature has NOT been cooperating. I have been rained out, steamed, roasted and threatened with being blown off the roof. The Editor’s garden has been inundated with grass that has flourished in day-after-days of rain, to the point that pulling it out requires Herculean strength. The heat and humidity have kept Maddie grounded, inside and upset. Still, some progress has been made, some normal has been salvaged and there is still hope.
The garage roof is beyond the halfway point, even though it doesn’t appear to be. That’s because of the time involved in prepping the roof (removing shingles, making repairs, new construction) takes much more time than nailing down new shingles. We will be placing the order for the siding, windows and a new door, later this week. We may not be able to start that part of the project until mid-September, but I want to make sure that we have all the material we need. The dumpster will be gone in a couple of weeks. I will warehouse the debris from the siding part of the project until we’re finished, and then order a second dumpster for a repeat performance. I love having a dumpster, but it gets old having to drive around one.
I finished my coffee table. It’s now sitting comfortably in my office. It has had stuff placed on it, and it has come close to having coffee spilled on it. It collected a little nick in the finish, that I will repair with a dab or two of Waterlox Oil. I built the table to be used, to get nicked, scratched and to have stuff spilled on it. It’s OK. The office renovation project is going well. It’s about 80% complete and all the difficult phases are behind me.
On the reading and writing fronts, both the weather and WordPress have been knocking the stuffing out of me. Since before Norm’s break over at Thursday Doors, I haven’t been able head out for a proper doorscursion. I’ve managed to get by with doors that were “in-stock,” and with a little help from my friends, but I need a break. I’m not asking for much, just a rain-free commute during which I can stop for 15-20 minutes.
WordPress has complicated my reading life by disconnecting me from several friends. I have people that I have followed for years, just stop showing up in my inbox. Of course, with it being summer, I don’t automatically react to a missing post, but then I see a comment, and I realize “this person is still out there!” I think I’ve reconnected to everyone, but if you’re thinking that you haven’t heard from me at your place for a while, let me know in a comment.
I’ll be playing catch-up with WordPress for the foreseeable future. If we get some nice weather, I will close the laptop and head up on the roof – after, of course, taking Maddie for a walk. I’ve been using the time I sit with Maddie in the afternoon to catch up on comments and reading. I’ll get to you, unless WordPress has severed the lines of communication. Eventually, I’ll get to you anyway.
I hope you’re having a great summer. I hope you are having better weather than we are. For those of you close to the forest fires that are burning out west, know that we keep you in our thoughts and prayers. For those of you with school-age children, been there, done that. For those of you (you know who you are) grappling with writing, editing, publishing and marketing, good luck – keep up the good fight – and I know you’re going to be successful!